2013-2014
UNIQUE WESTERN FLORIDA PHOTOS

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EVERYTHING ISN'T ALWAYS AS IT SEEMS
An old Pensacola Pelican hits a single

Look closely at the bat...it's broken.
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(He never met a man he didn't like.  I have.)
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PENSACOLA BLUE WAHOOS VS MOBILE BAY BEARS
7-22-14 & 7-23-14 &7-24-14 &7-25-14

He's out...the fans complained but the ump got it right!

CLICK HERE FOR 7-22-14 & 7-23-14 & 7-24-14 GAME PHOTOS


7-21-14

LOCAL PLAYER, BEN LIVELY, PITCHES FOR THE BLUE WAHOOS



7-20-14
"THE PLAY'S THE THING."
Or how Nickle Tickle saved fairy tales!

The set awaits its actors

OK, "The play's the thing" was stolen from Shakespeare (Hamlet I think) but Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective deals with stolen props that threaten the future of fairy tales as we've grown to love them.  It has been performed by various theatre groups across the country!  I was fortunate to see the performance at the Pensacola Little Theatre by local actors and directors from Acorn Productions and the Pensacola Little Theatre (http://www.pensacolalittletheater.com).  It begins with Hansel and Gretel and ends with a papa bear who is afraid of porridge.  Along the way a hilarious detective does a Noir Genre performance in the best traditions of Mike Hammer, Sam Spade and Pat Novak (Look it up. you'll be surprised).

Classy and talented artistic expression thrives in Pensacola.  There seems to be more talent per capita here than just about anywhere.  A slick private detective would say "Pick your poison babe—literature, music of all kinds, dance, opera, theatre and the visual hearts including photography—it's all here and it's fascinating."


Yogi Berra once said:  "It's deja vu all over again."

Rule 7.13 says a player may not block the plate without the ball.  The Montgomery manager was
ejected for arguing that his player should have been called safe under the rule.  I think he was right!




And he may have been safe anyway!

Other Wahoo Photos:
  Click HERE  For Wahoos Photos July 10 Through July 14, 2014


7-8-14
WE MADE ONE LITTLE MISTAKE...

The Mockingbird parents came back and hatched their young!  Reports of their deaths were premature.


They watched me closely so I just took  a  quick photo and left.

The next day quick photos reveal how much they matured in one day!










7-6-14
ARTICLE COPIED FROM THE SCENIC POST (scenicpost.com)


FOWL PLAY SUSPECTED IN DISAPPEARANCE
OF LOCAL COUPLE NOT SEEN FOR WEEKS

 SCENIC HILLS DUO LEAVES FAMILY OF FOUR BEHIND
NO TRACE OF MR. OR MRS. MOCK N. BYRD

Possible Crime Scene

We suspect Mrs. Katz but it's also possible a member of the infamous Jay or Raptor
families attacked.  I first saw nesting activity three weeks ago and kept my distance.  I
 noticed no activity and finally investigated and found this abandoned nest and four eggs. 

YELLOW JOURNALISM AT ITS BEST




6-30-14




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SATURDAYS THE FARMER'S MARKET ON PALAFOX FEATURES STREET
ENTERTAINMENT BY TALENTED BUSKERS AND BOOTH AFTER BOOTH OF
FRESH FARM PRODUCE AND INTERESTING CRAFTS AND PRODUCTS.










COMMUNITY MARITIME PARK

MARITIME PARK IS A GEM
Is there a better view, or a better facility,  in all of sports?

6-4-14
WAHOOS WIN 7-3!

The sun (and shadows) made fielding (and photographing) difficult.










OK, he was called out but I don't think he got tagged...but he never touched the plate either.










6-3-14
SUNS 3, WAHOOS 2



Things just didn't go right for the Wahoos.  It started with this botched
double play and ended with the Suns completing a double play in the 9th.


We got good pitching from Mikey O'Brien


The best .192 hitter in baseball scores a run...unfortunately the
line-up also featured hitters with averages like .156, .212, .211.


There were a few close plays but this wasn't one of them.  Travis Mattair got on base despite hitting less than his weight (226 VS .212) and scored our second run.  Funny note:  A visitor from France sat behind me as he attended his first ever baseball game.  After watching a few disputed balls and strikes calls by the umpire he commented: "Does the visiting team pay the umpire?"  We've also often thought they did.  Our French visitor picked up the game quite quickly don't you think? Ya gotta love this game!

The Wahoos aren't playing well (23-35) but we have big time professional baseball and get to see many of the games future stars. 

I should explain what the Mendoza Line means since I use it so much.  Shortstop Mario Mendoza was a good fielder but an inept hitter.  When he was hitting below .200 teammates dubbed the mark "The Mendoza Line" and it has come to refer to  anyone hitting below that mark as inept. Even if they are a great fielder,  that level of hitting prowess makes them a liability. 

Baseball is a cruel game when it comes to statistics and it is a statistics driven game.  Picture 2 teammates at 9 weeks into the season.  They have played 60 games and average 3 at bats per game.  (Remember, walks and sacrifices don't count as official at bats.)  Player Bill has 180 at bats with 50 hits.  He's hitting a respectable .278.  Player Mario has 36 hits in his 180 at bats.  He's flirting with the Mendoza Line at .200.  If Mario could have managed just 2 measly extra hits per week his average would be .300 and he'd be a significant prospect. Motivated, player Bill gets 2 extra hits per week and he's heading to Louisville or even Cincinnati with his gaudy .378 average.  Whether they were motivated by pride, greed or the allure of fame, the Hall of Fame is full of players who sprinted out  ground balls and concentrated on every pitch.  The stands are full of the rest of us.


6-2-14
WAHOOS 4 SUNS 0


Swirling winds made every fly ball difficult to catch. 
At 30. Ray Chang is the oldest player on the team.


Kazoo was about to cheat and win a race for the first time when local police stopped him...funny bit!


Yorman Rodriquez


Josh Felhauer


Bob Solarski of WEAR TV won the anchorman competition.


Juan Silverio

6-1-14 WAHOOS VS SUNS

How many people does it take to screw in a light bulb...or
 in this case to be heard on TV?  I count at least 7.




Travis Mattair has been mostly "good field—not much hitting."  He
too hustles despite hitting very near that dreaded Mendoza Line.


Tim Adleman looked good in relief.


Ray Chang is a steady and reliable veteran.


Elvin Ramirez was good in relief too!


5-31-14 WAHOOS VS SUNS
BITTER LIFE THROUGH CHEMISTRY?

Miquel Tejada came to town with the Jacksonville Suns to play the Wahoos.  He just signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins to play AA ball while he completes his 105 game drug suspension from Major League Baseball.  Tejada was once accused of lying to Congress following his testimony in the hearings about performance enhancing drug use. Wikipedia states that he received a sentence of one year's probation after being convicted.   Wikipedia also reports that Tejada has lied about his age and is now 40 years old rather than the 2 years younger he formerly claimed. 

The Wahoos won the game 8-0.  Note the photo below of Brodie Greene's slide at home!  The Wahoos jumped off to a 5 run lead and never looked back!

I think Greene is still hitting under .the Mendoza Line (.200) but it hasn't affected his hustle!







BLUE WAHOOS VS BARONS
5-25-14

A touring Russian acrobatic team provided great entertainment.




There was baseball too but we lost.


CLICK HERE FOR MORE SCENES FROM 5-25-14




BLUE WAHOOS VS BARONS
5-24-14


Master of ceremonies Downtown Dave Brown and talented local singer Brooke
Fleming got the evening started on a high note and the Wahoos took it from there.


BLUE WAHOOS VS BARONS
5-22-14

It's a terrible job but somebody has to take these photos.
Miss Arkansas and Miss South Dakota threw out first pitches.




School superintendent Malcolm Thomas Threw out a first pitch.
Am I the only one who remembers the Ephus pitch?


Forget something?


Robert Stephenson threw a 99 MPH fastball.


We lost 4-3







PENSACOLA BLUE WAHOOS
BIRMINGHAM BARONS
5-21-14

It was Star Wars night and Darth Vader threw out the first pitch!




A little reminder of the past flew over...
















Brodie Greene's bases loaded triple scored 3...


More Brodie Greene Photos





Fabian Williamson






SOFTBALL COACH TAMI CYR

5-18-14
Tami Cyr will not be coaching the Argos Softball team in 2015.  Her record at this point features an incredible total of 999 wins.  Nobody could have done it better or with more class.  Coach Cyr put UWF softball on the map. She guided it from an NAIA national championship to a position as a significant player in the larger NCAA. She was instrumental in making  Gulf South Conference Softball the force it is today. Other teams knew they were in for a battle when her Argos took to the field. Her victory total and winning percentage rank near the top in the all-time history of the sport. 


There is more to life than what goes on between the lines. Coach Cyr's  coaching record stands for itself but judged by any other measure, she's been even better as a person.  The successful personal and professional lives of her former players will attest to the caring impact she's had on the larger world.  We were so fortunate to have her here and now someone else will get the benefit of her leadership.  I would advise anyone searching for a new path to follow to consider the one Tami Cyr has taken her entire life.  She is a person of unmatched honor and decency. Those are the things that make up what we call character and class.  I would advise successors  not to try to replace her but instead they'd be well served to study her character.  You'll not find a more dedicated and fierce competitor or a more loving and dedicated family person…or a better friend.

Change is inevitable in sport.  No matter how much we long for the "old school" it is not the only factor that influences destiny.  Indeed, nothing of the world lasts forever except impermanence.  The Buddha taught this and Jesus understood it.  Life teaches it.  Schools constantly seek new directions. The University of West Florida will grow and continue to prosper in athletics. It's made up of good people but it will have to continue without one of its best.   It will remain a place where character counts.  Coach Cyr gave us great years but she has greater years to come. Maybe it's fitting  she's leaving with youth  left to employ and enjoy now that she has helped this university mature.  She will be missed but not forgotten.  The school and its supporters wouldn't be honest or well served any other way.  When all is said and done it's like I said.  Character counts.



5-19-14
BALLET PENSACOLA ARTISTIC DIRECTOR RICHARD STEINERT


I'm on to you folks in the aesthetic arts community in Pensacola.  There is far more talent—singing, dancing, acting, painting, directing, teaching and choreographing than a city of this size should have.  I see you teaching, training and inspiring the young.  You're developing the next generation of performers and artists even as the current adult generation interprets their art form for us.  What you're really doing is building…planting seeds if you will.  Most won't perform professionally or  create an exhibit or recital of their work.  What they will do is become inspired and appreciative of beauty and meaningfulness.  They will fill the theaters and auditoriums to smile and applaud.   We all have a better community as these young ones grow up and are seen standing in line to sign up their own smiling, eager young ones for a youth program.  May 17th saw still another great program by Ballet Pensacola.  Thanks for great memories.



5-19-14
UWF...SCHOOL OF CHAMPIONS
The University of West Florida continues to rack up championships.  Our local university has won one national championship in each of the last three years and has won eight total.  They have dominated the tough Gulf South Conference winning eight championships this year alone.  They will receive an all sports award from the conference for having the best record across all men's and women's sports.  The best way to congratulate the Athletic Department would be to check out the coming year's schedule (posted at GoArgos.com) and become a regular in the stands.  You will enjoy the experience.  (And bring the kids and their youth teams and coaches to see how it's done the right way.)
THE ARGOS WON THEIR THIRD NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND WENT UNDEFEATED IN TENNIS!

NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPION TENNIS COACH DERRICK
RACINE
THREW OUT THE FIRST PITCH IN THE WAHOOS GAME




Tony Rajaobelina won the decisive game in the championship contest.
 He also was honored to throw out a first pitch at the May 19 game.



WAHOOS  5-19-14

A RETURNING SERVICEMAN SURPRISED HIS FAMILY!




Mikey O'Brien


Safe




Safe






He was called out!


He was called safe


OH,  BY THE WAY,  WE BEAT THE SUNS 11-8!



THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED
IN THE RECORD RAIN STORM OF LATE APRIL 2014

See Scenic Hills Rain  for details
Or see scenicpost.com
  

MAY 5TH SAW THE WAHOOS RETURN TO ACTION

ENTERTAINER MYRON NOODLEMAN

He's back...crowd favorite Myron Noodleman brought his hilarious schtick back to Pensacola
for 2 nights of fun.  He is the modern clown prince of baseball and appears across the country.

The baseball was good too...
















BUT IT WAS NOODLEMAN WHO STOLE THE SHOW AGAIN FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW!



THE BLUE WAHOOS PLAYED THE CHATTANOOGA LOOKOUTS
A DODGER FARM TEAM
5-7-14

 CLICK HERE FOR MORE WAHOOS VS LOOKOUTS



BUBBA WATSON AND THE BLUE WAHOOS


Bubba throws out the first pitch!


 Commissioner Lumon May, Bubba Watson and team owner Quint Studer

THE SINGING SHERIFF

Sheriff Morgan delivers the National Anthem

AND OF COURSE THERE WAS BASEBALL!

Ray Navarro steals second.


Highly regarded prospect Yorman Rodriquez makes a good catch.

Wahoos third baseman Juan Silverio demonstrates the rare skill of juggling one ball.  The
Wahoos committed 5 errors (really 6) on the way to losing 11-9 to the Mississippi Braves.







Bruce Pinckard made his AA debut.

Carlos Contreras



Important prospect Contreras was injured and had to leave in the second inning.


One time Major Leaguer (and important Reds prospect) Donald Lutz had a homer and 2 doubles.

TOO FUNNY

The Wahoos sometimes have promotional samples for fans as they exit.  Following tonight's
five error mistake prone 11-9 loss the fans received a box of BC Headache Powder at the exit.

We're lucky to have the Wahoos and this great stadium.  Win or lose we are a part of
Major League Baseball.  We have already seen players who  have gone on to the Majors.

BLUE WAHOOS 4-26-14

Manager Delino DeShields

DeShields had a good career as a player but he may not be the best athlete in his family.  His son, Delino Jr,  is an up
and coming minor league prospect and his daughter Diamond is a star collegiate basketball player at North Carolina.

Number one Red's pitching prospect Robert Stephenson fires a 97 MPH fastball



Stephenson throws a curve.  He's just 21 years old.


Juan Silverio hits a home run.


Catcher Bryan Anderson


Fabian Williamson played at Bakersfield last year.


Tim Adelman


Mattair to Siverio for a force on a bunt.

BLUE WAHOOS 4-27-14


It's a picturesque setting. The rocket looking thing is part of a huge vessel being serviced in our
deep water port.  The black screen looking thing is actually a hitter's backdrop required by the rules.


Local entertainer Samantha LaPorta sang.


Kazoo...part mime, part clown, part hilarious entertainer.


Rey Navarro makes a good catch and tag.


Jon Moscot pitched 8 innings of 2 hit shutout baseball.


Catcher and first baseman almost missed a foul pop-up behind the plate.


Rookie (in AA Baseball) Beau Amaral started and later got his first hit.


Jon Walczak pitched a perfect ninth inning in relief!


The Zooperstars entertained in several different inflated outfits.  Hilarious. 
One of them was playing Harry Caray.


4-28-14 
BLUE WAHOOS VS MISSISSIPPI BRAVES
IT'S ALL ABOUT ENTERTAINMENT AND GOOD BASEBALL






The Flight Squad/Street Team...part of the entertainment and games that keep the evening moving.


Umpires meet with former Major League players Aaron Holbert and Delino DeShields


Baseball is one of the most filmed and photographed sports...this cameraman
was hit by a foul ball the previous night but it didn't deter him at all tonight.

HI-JINKS

McGruff the Crime Dog battles with Kazoo's nemesis The Gorilla.

AND OF COURSE THERE IS GOOD BASEBALL!
Some fans are just baseball purists and want to see the game. 
Others come for the entertainment.  Most are won over by both.











REDS NUMBER ONE PROSPECT ROBERT STEPHENSON






WAHOOS VS SUNS MAY 15-MAY 19





WHAT CHARACTER AND 865 WINS LOOK LIKE

I recently had the honor of photographing the UWF Student Athlete Banquet.  It is amazing that three men so young could already have combined for over 865 victories.  If you follow Argo sports you know that Bill Elliott, Mike Jeffcoat and Joe Bartlinski also epitomize the character and class for which the University of West Florida is known far and wide.  The same comment applies throughout the Argo athletic family.  To a person, the men and women who coach the 14 sports (soon to be 15) at UWF and the athletic department that leads and supports them are incredible examples of ability, hard work and integrity.  It is no surprise that the athletes they recruit and coach are also similar examples of skill, effort and above all, character.  I am not a paid spokesman for the university.  Just to show you I have  objectivity allow me to add that I recently saw these three men compete in the recent Argo Golf Tournament.  I have photos. They are wise to stick to soccer and baseball.


(And actually they even play golf well if you consider championship NCAA coaches have little free time to master another sport.)

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WINTER WONDERLAND

At the end of January the Gulf Coast including Pensacola faced a bit of a Winter Wonderland. 
Much of the South was affected by freezing rain, snow and temperatures well below freezing.



I'm constantly being asked (begged actually) to display photos of me instead of those good looking young athletes, coaches and other famous people I usually display.  With that in mind I have included this recent self portrait and urge you to bring me bananas and fruit (handed, not thrown thank you) if you recognize me at a sporting event.

While we are on the subject, the Pensacola area has an excellent zoo located in Gulf Breeze.  It is located
at 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. and well worth the trip.  Here are some photos:  THE GULF BREEZE ZOO

Click here for some basic information about how to
use a digital camera:  A Very Basic Photography Site

  The Picturesque Gulf Coast

The Scenic Post
   A Blog/Newspaper About The Scenic Hills Neighborhood

MORE WESTERN FLORIDA SCENES


COLLEGE BASKETBALL AT ITS BEST
  
The University of West Florida Women's and Men's basketball teams scored impressive victories on January 4th against two very good opponents from the University of Alabama Huntsville.. The Lady Argos scored 100 points in a 22 point victory.  The men built a small lead and held back a comeback with clutch play.  If you like high level collegiate sports you'll enjoy watching Argo Basketball.  Both teams play at an upbeat tempo and stress vigorous defense and fundamentals.  The best way to watch college (or any level) basketball is live.  The crowd is normally made up of enthusiastic students and older fans of local sports.  Check out  GoArgos.com   for the current schedule and information on the upcoming Spring sports of Tennis, basketball and softball—all teams that have won national championships and frankly, look loaded again this season.

  PHOTOS OF RECENT  BASKETBALL GAMES CLICK HERE:
WOMEN'S GAMES
UWF VS LYNN 11-8-13
UWF VS TUSKEGEE 11-9-13
UWF VS OHIO VALLEY 11-16-13
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS CLAFLIN   11-29-13
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS SOUTHERN BAPTIST UNIVERSITY   11-30-13

MEN'S GAMES
UWF VS GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN  11-20-13

UWF MEN'S BASKETBALL VS  MONTEVALLO   12-7-13

DOUBLE HEADERS
UWF WOMEN 1-4-14 VS HUNTSVILLE
UWF MEN 1-4-14 VS HUNTSVILLE 


SPRING SPORT MEDIA DAY 1/22/14


2014 UWF SOFTBALL


SOFTBALL VS MOBILE 2-1-14
SOFTBALL VS MIDWESTERN STATE 2-2-14
SOFTBALL VS SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 2-3-14
SOFTBALL VS SPRING HILL 2-20-14
SOFTBALL VS VALDOSTA 2-22-14  
SOFTBALL VS MORNINGSIDE 3-4-14
SOFTBALL VS UNION DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP 3-8-14
  SOFTBALL VS UNION SERIES SWEEP 3-9-14
SOFTBALL VS WEST GEORGIA 3-21-14  UWF 6, WGU 2
SOFTBALL VS WEST GEORGIA 3-22-14 
SOFTBALL VS SHORTER 4-12-14 
SOFTBALL VS SHORTER 4-13-14 

SOFTBALL VS WEST ALABAMA DOUBLEHEADER 4-18-14 
SOFTBALL VS WEST ALABAMA 4-19-14 



UWF BASEBALL 2014



UWF BASEBALL VS SPRING HILL 2-5-14
UWF BASEBALL VS ROLLINS 2-7-14
UWF BASEBALL VS ROLLINS 2-8-14
UWF BASEBALL VS ROLLINS 2-9-14
UWF BASEBALL VS VALDOSTA 2-22-14  
UWF BASEBALL VS UNION 3-8-14 DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
UWF BASEBALL VS UNION 3-9-14 SERIES SWEEP
UWF BASEBALL VS NORTH GEORGIA 3-18-14 UWF WON 8-5
UWF BASEBALL VS NORTH GEORGIA 3-19-14 UWF WON 6-2
BASEBALL VS WEST GEORGIA 3-22-14  DH SPLIT
BASEBALL VS WEST GEORGIA 3-23-14   UWF 3-2
BASEBALL VS COLUMBUS STATE 3-26-14   UWF 8-6
BASEBALL VS SHORTER 4-12-14 
BASEBALL VS SHORTER 4-13-14 
BASEBALL VS MOBILE 4-15-14  

BASEBALL VS WEST ALABAMA 4-18-14 
BASEBALL VS WEST ALABAMA DOUBLEHEADER 4-19-14 



2014 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAMS






UWF TENNIS VS A U MONTGOMERY 2-7-14
UWF TENNIS VS LANDER 2-9-14
UWF TENNIS VS XAVIER 2-28-14

UWF TENNIS VS FLORIDA TECH 3-1-14

UWF TENNIS VS FL TECH Photos  1-125   3-1-14
UWF TENNIS VS FL TECH Photos  126-250  3-1-14
UWF TENNIS VS FL TECH Photos  251-375  3-1-14
UWF TENNIS VS FL TECH Photos1  376-500  3-1-14


UWF TENNIS VS KENYON 3-3-14
UWF TENNIS VS KENYON 367 PHOTOS 3-3-14

UWF TENNIS VS U. T. MARTIN 3-5-14

The UWF Women defeated University of Tennessee-Martin which is a Division I school with a great tradition.  I've included a few close-up shots to illustrate the intensity revealed by the faces of the UWF players.  They won the match 6-3Tennis is considered one of the most difficult sports to photograph but it is interesting to watch.  I would urge anyone with an interest in the sport to check the GoArgos.com  website to check the schedule of UWF sports including tennis.  The baseball and softball teams are also putting really excellent teams on the field again this year.



WHO IS THIS MAN AND WHY IS HE SMILING?

Hint:  Fans and backers of football at UWF are also smiling!

Answer:  Coach Pete Shinnick was introduced on 2-6-14 as the man who would coach the new UWF Football Program with its first game to be played in September of 2016 at the Community Maritime Park.  He's a winner.  He's started and/or built great programs at other schools and he comes from a football family that includes the late all pro NFL linebcker Don Shinnick.  He's a believer in the importance of character and fits the UWF coaching mold.

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

"God bless us every one!"
I didn't take this photo but I was proud to receive it and proud of America!



THE UNIQUE (AND INTERESTING) WEST FLORIDA


From everything I've heard, the seafood industry is very serious about safety and quality.


Sand dunes and salty air...










It's not exactly my religion but it's cool.  You see street preachers who believe they
have something of value to give you. This is the corner of Nine Mile Rd. and University.


I think this is a tarpon.  Below, a man jumps in to help land the giant fish in shallow water


You can see by these photos why we're called the Emerald Coast.


Danger...jellyfish stings are painful







It's the tentacles that are the problem. I've heard  in Australia someone gets stung
about 10,000 times a year.  You'd think that guy would stay away from the water. 


Look carefully...proof that animals can read.




Let sleeping cats lie...another zoo shot!




Beaches are rarely this crowded...


You can usually find some uncrowded areas.


A Great Blue Heron


A Little Blue Heron


In warmer months free concerts are held on the beach...great music and a great view of the ocean. 

UWF has a great new swimming and diving. team!

Click here:  UWF Swim Meet 1-2-14




UWF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTED THE 2013 COMFORT INN NOV. 29 & 30
THANKSGIVING TOURNAMENT.  HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THAT EVENT:
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS CLAFLIN   11-29-13

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS SOUTHERN BAPTIST UNIVERSITY   11-30-13
It was an exciting tournament and UWF defeated two very good
teams!  Details are at the school's official website:  GoArgos.com
 
UNIQUE WESTERN FLORIDA
THE FAMILY FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS SEASON


SOME OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA

11-29-13  Elf Parade and caroling starting at the T.T. Wentworth Museum
12-6-13   Island Christmas Boat Parade
12-8-13  Santa Rosa Island Surfing Santa Parade
!2-14-13  Downtown Pensacola Christmas Parade
12-31-13 New Years Eve Pelican Drop

THE ARTS ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN PENSACOLA!
Opera?  Symphony?  Ballet?  Museums?  Painting & Sculpture?
You've come to the right place!  Pensacola has it all.  For example, local ballet performances and classes are frequently presented. The Pensacola Ballet performs regularly and usually features such classics as The Nutcracker (In 2013 it will be presented at the historic and beautiful Saenger Theatre on December 20, 21 and 22).  Local ballet groups and leaders educate dancers and produce breathtaking performances.  Did I mention talent? Here is a small sample of local ballet performers:





 
DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA
Museums, Displays, Galleries, Parks And Theatres The Equal Of Any
Here are some attractions around the area of Jefferson and Main:

Educational Opportunities


OK...St. Augustine is the oldest continuous European settlement in North America
but Pensacola was the first.  Of course my Vikings got to North America earlier than
both.  And Native Americans were here when everyone "discovered" the New World.




UWF is working on a dig near the museums.


Footprint of an early settlement


Home of the very excellent Pensacola Ballet!


The T. T. Wentworth Museum


The Excellent Pensacola Art Museum





This train display (N gauge I think) is currently at the Art Museum.
Size: The yellow pick-up truck is about the size of a half dollar coin.








GOLF FROM SILLY TO SERIOUS
I love living on a golf course.  I've played the game but my clubs gather dust.  They're so old the head on the driver is smaller than my head.  One of my woods is actually made out of wood.  These are my modern clubs.  They replaced a set that had clubs named niblick, spoon, brassie and stymie loft.  OK, that's a joke but as a kid we played with hand me down clubs that sometimes included hickory shafts.  By the time we actually got on a golf course we had metal shafts.  I digress.
A GOLFER AT SCENIC HILLS MADE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL!
Yes, I found proof in my yard that a golfer apparently sold his sole to the devil...probably in exchange for a par on #16 or most likely a dry tee-shot on the water bordered # 17.  Satan, as he is prone to do, promptly discarded the man's sole after the damage was done...once again proving he is more than just a heel.  Once he has your sole he'll expect you to toe the line. You'll be instep with evil.  He's the last person to trust.  He's our arch enemy.  He probably invented the pun.

(Uh, I know the difference between sole and soul—please don't make me explain these
things.  See, saying "soul" wouldn't make sense given I found the sole of a golf shoe.)


You should not throw your club further than you've just hit the ball.  This man got excellent distance with a long iron...I'd say nearly 30 yards.  He picked up his ball on his way to recovering his club.  That's got to be a difficult walk in front of a camera.  I will not show his photo.  He's suffered enough.

Living on a golf course is like having the (Amateur) Golf Channel for free!
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OK LET'S BE SERIOUS
LIGHTNING IS A TERRIBLE DANGER ON THE GOLF COURSE.
We can have thunderstorms even in the winter.  I've seen lightning in a snow storm.  DON'T PLAY GOLF IN A STORM.  PERIOD.   It's not worth it.  Seek shelter.  Almost 60 people a year are killed by lightning in the US.  Five to ten percent of them were playing golf.  DON'T do what these guys are doing.  I'd rather take your photo than give you CPR.

I lightning bolt can approach 50,000 degrees. Is that F or C?  It's Fahrenheit but does that really matter?  Lighting flashes 25,000,000 times a year.  Florida is the leading state for lightning strikes.  Alabama is also in the top 5 for this danger. Enough said?

According to the US Weather Bureaus these are golf tips about lightning:
    1.    Seek shelter at the first sign of a thunderstorm. If the course's warning system sounds, head for cover.
    2.    If possible, get off the golf course or go to a designated lightning shelter (note: open-sided buildings do not provide                protection from lightning even if they have a lightning rod).
    3.    Do not stand under a lone tree. This is where most people are injured or killed.
    4.    Stay away from water.
    5.    Stay away from your golf clubs.
    6.    If your shoes have metal spikes, take them off.
    7.    Move away from your golf cart.

All you can do is improve your chances.  There are no guarantees.  Lightning has been known to travel 5-10 miles from a storm.  A few years back a high school football team was injured when lightning struck from an apparently clear sky.  Even indoors you have to take precautions.





PHOTOS FROM THE UWF VOLLEYBALL IN THE GSA TOURNAMENT HELD IN PENSACOLA
VOLLEYBALL VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS   11-23-13

If you didn't like the come from behind victory by the UWF Volleyball Team you don't appreciate the drama and excitement of sports.  It was over...a very good West Georgia team won the first 2 sets (games) and needed to win only 1 of the next 3 sets to win the Gulf South Conference Volleyball Championship.  Apparently no one thought to tell the UWF team that it was over.  They stormed back.  I keep beating the same old drum about how character counts.  Do you believe me now?  A few years back I mentioned on one of my earlier web pages that I saw Coach Wolter and one of her very good players exchange expressions just as another championship was on the line.  I wonder if they even remember the moment—they've both had so many successful moments. They were down to the final point in that particular game and this player looked at the coach and they exchanged big grins.  Words weren't needed.  The coach has won often as a player and coach.  The player was early in an all star career of her own.  The looks on their faces said "How cool is this?"  Sunday we saw just how cool it is.  This whole team was smiling as the final game started. 
HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
GSC CHAMPIONSHIP VS WEST GEORGIA  11-24-13



PHOTOS FROM RECENT ATHLETIC EVENTS:
UWF MEN'S BASKETBALL VS  GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN   11-20-13
UWF MEN'S BASKETBALL VS  MONTEVALLO   12-7-13


GULLS AT FT. PICKENS


THE VIEW FROM FORT PICKENS
These seagulls were photographed along one of the almost deserted beaches at Ft. Pickens.  It is a great place to watch wildlife, walk quiet beaches and study history. Ft. Pickens is a Civil War era US Army fort that guarded the port of Pensacola.  It is well worth visiting.  In addition to being a fort it was also used as a prison and once held Geronimo.  Here are some photos of the area.

An osprey dines in Ft. Pickens:






















SNAKES ALIVE!
"We've got 'em" (and much more too)

West Florida is home to many snakes and most are harmless.  This photo is of a Black Racer and first appeared in the Wikipedia article on the Black Racer that I originally wrote.  This and the majority of photos in that article were taken by me here in Western Florida.  When I first submitted the article an editor in France, unfamiliar with our southern wildlife,  was suspicious about the article and wondered if I was trying to promote a comic super hero.  More information on West Florida wildlife can be found on this site and also at CONFESSIONS OF A BACKYARD NATURALIST






West Florida abounds in bird watching opportunities.  These Eastern Bluebirds were photographed here in the Scenic Hills area near the UWF campus.  They are part of a larger display at DRAMA AT THE BIRD FEEDER


There is an active surfer community in this area.  We recently lost one of the most loved leaders of that community.  For more information see TRIBUTE TO YANCY SPENCER

ANOTHER SURFER ENJOYING THE OCEAN

While not equal to the waves of Southern California or Hawaii, Pensacola surfers can be seen challenging their skills in several areas.  You can join them without fearing the West Coast "If you don't live here don't surf here" attitude. The model for this image just happens to be a UWF graduate, successful professional and great family man and one of the most intelligent men I've met. He's part of the human resource that is the real treasure of our Unique Western Florida.

A DIAMOND STUDDED SEA

A MORE PASSIVE WAY TO ENJOY THE WATER!

THERE IS A LIGHT SHOW EVERY NIGHT AND IT'S ALWAYS UNIQUE!

SOME NIGHTS THE SHOW IS AWESOME!

Really Awesome!
Maybe the pot of gold IS Unique Western Florida!

Another passive ocean hobby...collecting shells like the sand dollar!


For the more adventuresome...the USS Oriskany has been sunk to be a challenging diving objective!





UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA
ATHLETICS ARE SOARING

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2013 SWIMMING & DIVING
SWIMMING AND DIVING Tulane & FSU 10-11-13

2013-2014 BASKETBALL PREVIEW
UWF BASKETBALL 10-15-13

THEY'RE BACK!
Our resident precision flying squad the Blue Angels are back!









SOME MEMORIALS MAKE WESTERN FLORIDA A SPECIAL PLACE


The Greatest Generation...A WW II monument near Bayfront Parkway




A tribute to those who died in Vietnam


A tribute to our great Korean War veterans!


Another war is going on...a war to protect our children.  This is a monument for lost children.



                                                 WE WERE INVITED TO THE WINTER SPORTS MEDIA DAY
2013-2014

There is a culture of decency and character that thrives throughout the athletic program at the University of West Florida.  This web site and the opinions it contains are mine and mine alone. I'm an independent contractor who contributes photographs to various sources.  None impress me more than the University of West Florida athletic operation. I've got to believe the opinions I express are shared by just about everyone who has had the pleasure of  observing and getting to know the participants.  It goes beyond the championships and exciting efforts.  Those things are nice and desirable.  Memories and trophy cases are wonderful rewards.  What matters more are the examples shown and the values of hard work and character that are taken back to the community.  These people are winners.  They coach with skill and they recruit with integrity.  One way to begin defining character is to talk about leading by example.
 






The six people shown below are typical of the student athletes at UWF.  It's obvious they each cheated when good looks, intelligence, personality and athletic ability were being given out.  They obviously went back to get more than their share.








UWF ON THE WORLD STAGE
The search for athletes who combine great skill and equally fine character covers Florida and the Gulf Coast states and beyond.  Like most championship programs, UWF has players from around the nation and foreign countries too.  The lesson of athletics is the best player for the team's success gets the job.

Tvær þjóðir eru stolt af henni!  Sara Helgadottir is from Iceland. I hope I just said "Two nations are proud of her!"  True to the Nordic tradition, children sometimes take the parent's name for a last name...thus this is Helga's daughter.  Yes, I am Norwegian and my great grandfather was Ole's son...later Olson.  I'm proud of my Norwegian ancestry but you can keep the lute fisk, I'll have seconds on the krumkake though, thank you.



Qualquer família ou escola ficaria orgulhosa dele.  Bruno Savi is from Brazil.  He followed up on this regional championship to go on and win a national championship.  I hope I said "Any family or school would be proud of him."

For The Latest News About UWF Athletics

Of course you can have the greatest athletic department in the world but if no one is informed it would be a waste of time, energy and resources.  I have read numerous athletic department web pages and I have dealt with sports information and athletic communication directors.  None are superior to what the University of West Florida has. Everything is kept up-to-date here.  Emails are returned in a timely fashion and events are regularly held to attract media attention.  Creativity abounds.  The latest technology and skills are employed.  The UWF fans and alumni are getting a  Division I athletic information program on a Division II budget.  Just because they keep the emphasis on the athletes and coaches doesn't mean they aren't working hard behind the scenes.


Matt Rowley  Director of Athletic Communications


Sean Sullivan  Assistant Director of Athletic Communications


THERE IS MORE THAN SPORTS TO MAKE US UNIQUE WESTERN FLORIDA
It's obvious I'm a sports fan and that interest is satisfied with things like the Pensacola Blue Wahoos professional baseball team affiliated with Major League Baseball through the storied franchise of the Cincinnati Reds.  Then there is all that the University offers.   This area has also produced everything from the greatest boxer of all time to great golfers and record holding college and professional football players.  It's easy to get caught up in the sports glory but there is so much more to this area that stands on its own to make this unique and desirable.
WE ARE ABOUT THE SEA
"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky
and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..."
(From Sea Fever By John Masefield)

The local seafood industry is alive and well.


The sun plays along the pier at Casino Beach


Fishing boats in the Gulf Of Mexico


You can usually find a stretch of quiet beach in Pensacola

SOME RECENT UWF SPORTS ACTIVITY

  2013 VOLLEYBALL
VOLLEYBALL  Missouri S&T 9-6-13
VOLLEYBALL  Minnesota-Duluth 9-6-13
VOLLEYBALL  Wheeling Jesuit 9-7-13
VOLLEYBALL  Northern Michigan 9-7-13
VOLLEYBALL  West Georgia  9-24-13
VOLLEYBALL  Christian Brothers  9-27-13
VOLLEYBALL  Union  9-28-13
VOLLEYBALL   MONTEVALLO  10-8-13
VOLLEYBALL   UWA  10-10-13
VOLLEYBALL  VALDOSTA 10-15-13
VOLLEYBALL  ECKERD  10-17-13
VOLLEYBALL   BARRY UNIVERSITY  10-18-13
VOLLEYBALL   TAMPA  10-18-13
VOLLEYBALL   FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE  10-19-13
VOLLEYBALL   LEE  10-26-13
VOLLEYBALL   UNA  11-8-13
VOLLEYBALL   UAH  11-9-13
VOLLEYBALL VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS   11-23-13
GSC CHAMPIONSHIP VS WEST GEORGIA  11-24-13



2013 WOMEN'S SOCCER
SOCCER WOMEN VS Montevallo 9-24-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS UNA 10-5-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS SPRING HILL 10-7-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS LEE UNIVERSITY 10-11-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS SHORTER 10-13-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 10-25-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY 10-27-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS UWA 11-8-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS CBU GSC Championship 11-10-13
SOCCER WOMEN VS Florida Tech NCAA Second Round 11-17-13




2013 MEN'S SOCCER
SOCCER MEN VS St Leo 9-6-13
SOCCER MEN VS Spring Hill 9-8-13
SOCCER MEN VS Union 9-20-13
SOCCER MEN VS UA HUNTSVILLE  9-22-13
SOCCER MEN VS UWA  10-4-13
SOCCER MEN VS LEE UNIVERSITY 10-11-13
SOCCER MEN VS SHORTER 10-13-13
SOCCER MEN VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS  10-25-13
SOCCER MEN VS DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY 10-27-13
SOCCER MEN VS UWA GSC Championship 11-10-13




2013-14 TENNIS
Tennis USTA/ITA South Regional Championship I   9-27-30, 2013
Tennis USTA/ITA South Regional Championship II   9-27-30, 2013
Singles Champion....Bruno Savi
Doubles Champions....Felippe Frattini & Bruno Savi


UNIQUE WEST FLORIDA (And Nearby) ATTRACTIONS

The jewel in the crown...Maritime Park.  It houses the AA minor league team of the Cincinnati Reds, SEC Baseball and soon, UWF Football!

Nearby Mobile...a great naval museum and display

A battleship to explore


a submarine on display. 


TALL SHIPS AND HUGE SHIPS VISIT PENSACOLA HARBOR!




OH AND BY THE WAY, WE SOMETIMES GET A LITTLE COLD WEATHER IN PENSACOLA BUT
IT'S NOT FREQUENT ALTHOUGH IT IS WELCOMED BY SOME OF US NORTHERN TRANSPLANTS.
I like to tell people I wasn't born in West Florida but I got here as soon as I could.



Chalk Talk...some of the UNIQUE WESTERN FLORIDA Features!









2013 BASEBALL ARCHIVE

UNIQUE WESTERN FLORIDA ARCHITECTURE

Anyone else reminded of the French Quarter?
 

2012-13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ARCHIVE



2012-13 MEN'S BASKETBALL ARCHIVE


I wanted to be a smart aleck and say this is a scene from an official's locker room as they cleaned up after calling their baseball, softball or soccer game.  The problem is the local officials I've met are nice guys to a person and my game photography almost always shows them to be exactly right!  Besides, there aren't weeds in a locker room.  This scene is from the Zoo at Gulf Breeze.


2013 CROSS COUNTRY

Cross Country GULF COAST STAMPEDE 9-14-13


2012 CROSS COUNTRY ARCHIVE
Cross Country GULF COAST STAMPEDE 9-22-12


2013-14 GOLF
UWF Now Owns A Great Golf Course!

2013-14  SWIMMING AND DIVING
INAUGURAL SEASON


ADA WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL GAME 10-29-12

Wildlife
My first calling was wildlife photography.

UWF ATHLETICS
Why do I like UWF Athletics?  How about a talented softball team that rises at an early hour
to help with a community program?  In this case they were helping to promote adoption.


How about an administration that supports an athletic program for all the right reasons?


You have to like administrators who respond to the crowd's cheers by shifting the attention back to the
players and coaches. (UWF does not own or manage this web site.  I do and I am not an employee.)


You have to like intense coaches who credit their players and their families!
Joe Bartlinski won the National Championship in Women's Soccer with class.




I like sports.  In UWF we have athletic events that are a force in the GSC and NCAA!  This is the real deal.



    WHY I LIKE PENSACOLA...



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