|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
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:
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
UWF VS GEORGIA SOUTHWESTERN 11-20-13
UWF MEN'S BASKETBALL VS MONTEVALLO 12-7-13
UWF WOMEN 1-4-14 VS HUNTSVILLE
UWF MEN 1-4-14 VS HUNTSVILLE
UWF WOMEN 1-6-14 VS WEST AL
UWF MEN 1-6-14 VS WEST AL
SPRING SPORT MEDIA DAY 1/22/14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 1-23-14
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 1-23-14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS DELTA STATE 1-25-14
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS DELTA STATE 1-25-1
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS UNION 2-13-14
MEN' BASKETBALL VS UNION 2-13-14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS NORTH ALABAMA 2-15-14
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS NORTH ALABAMA 2-15-14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS VALDOSTA 2-17-14
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS VALDOSTA 2-17-14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS SHORTER 2-20-14
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS SHORTER 2-20-14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS WEST GEORGIA 2-22-14 AND SENIOR DAY PHOTOS
MEN'S BASKETBALL SENIOR DAY PHOTOS 2-22-14
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS LEE 2-24-14
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS LEE 2-24-14
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
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 2-22-14 DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
2014 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TENNIS TEAMS
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.
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
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:
Museums, Displays, Galleries, Parks And Theatres The Equal Of Any
Here are some attractions around the area of Jefferson and Main:
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.Click HERE For More About Golf
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!
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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 DAY2013-2014
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
"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
2012 VOLLEYBALL ARCHIVE
VOLLEYBALL Lock Haven
VOLLEYBALL Central Missouri
VOLLEYBALL West GA 9-14-12
VOLLEYBALL SHORTER 9-15-12
VOLLEYBALL Alabama Huntsville 9-16-12
VOLLEYBALL Valdosta 10-4-12
VOLLEYBALL CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 10-26-12
VOLLEYBALL UNION 10-27-12
VOLLEYBALL UNA 10-28-12
VOLLEYBALL UWA 11-3-12
GSC VOLLEYBALL UWF VS UNA 11-17-12
VOLLEYBALL GSC CHAMPIONSHIP11-18-12
2012 WOMEN'S SOCCER ARCHIVE
SOCCER WOMEN VS ROLLINS 9-7-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS FL SOUTHERN 9-9-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS Christian Brothers 9-21-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS West State 9-23-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS West Alabama 10-5-12
SOCCER WOMEN Added Photos From 10-5-12 Outtakes
SOCCER WOMEN VS WEST GEORGIA 10-12-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS VALDOSTA 10-14-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS SHORTER 10-17-12
SOCCER WOMEN GSC VS UAH 11-2-12
SOCCER WOMEN GSC CHAMPIONSHIP 11-4-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS UNA NCAA 11-11-12
SOCCER WOMEN VS TAMPA NCAA TOURNAMENT 11-16-12
SOCCER NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP 11-18-12
SOCCER RING CEREMONY 4-5-13
2012 MEN'S SOCCER ARCHIVE
2013 TENNIS ARCHIVE
UWF TENNIS VS UWA 2-6-13
UWF TENNIS VS CONCORDIA 3-28-13
UWF TENNIS MEN VS MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE 3-29-13
UWF WOMEN VS BYU HAWAII 3-30-13
UWF MEN & WOMEN VS WILLIAM CAREY 3-30-13
UWF TENNIS 4-5-13
UWF TENNIS 4-6-13
UWF MEN & WOMEN VS FLORIDA SOUTHERN 4-7-13
UWF MEN & WOMEN VS NEW ORLEANS 4-12-13
UWF TENNIS VS ABILENE CHRISTIAN 4-13-13
UWF NCAA TENNIS 4-27-13
NCAA REGIONAL VS LYNN, 5-4 VICTORY 4-28-13
2013 SOFTBALL ARCHIVE
SOFTBALL VS YOUNG HARRIS & SOUTHERN ARKANSAS 2-2-13 & 2-3-13
SOFTBALL VS UNA 3-2-13 GAME ONE
SOFTBALL VS UNA 3-2-13 GAME TWO
SOFTBALL VS UNION 3-3-13 GAMES ONE & TWO
SOFTBALL VS VALDOSTA 3-6-13 GAMES ONE & TWO
SOFTBALL VS LINCOLN 3-13-13 GAMES ONE & TWO
SOFTBALL VS SHORTER 3-16-13 GAMES ONE & TWO
SOFTBALL VS WEST GEORGIA 3-17-13 GAMES ONE & TWO
SOFTBALL VS HUNTSVILLE 4-13-13
SOFTBALL VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 4-27-13 SENIOR DAY
SOFTBALL DH VS DELTA 4-28-13
2013 BASEBALL ARCHIVE
BASEBALL VS FLORIDA SOUTHERN 2-2-13 & 2-3-13
BASEBALL VS MOBILE 2-20-13
BASEBALL VS MILES 3-7-13
BASEBALL VS VALDOSTA 3-9-13
BASEBALL VS VALDOSTA 3-10-13
BASEBALL VS MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 3-12-13
BASEBALL VS MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 3-13-13
BASEBALL VS UNA 3-23-13
BASEBALL VS UNA 3-24-13
BASEBALL VS SPRING HILL 4-9-13
BASEBALL VS CHRISTIAN BROTHERS 4-13-13
BASEBALL VS SHORTER 4-20-13 & 4-21-13
SENIOR DAY, WOUNDED WARRIOR & SPOONER
2012-13 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ARCHIVE
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PRACTICE 11-3-12
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS SOUTHERN INDIANA 11-9-12
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS BARRY 11-10-12
THANKSGIVING CLASSIC TOURNAMENT 11-23-12 &11-24-12
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL VS MILES 12-17-12
UWF VS SHORTER 1-3-13
UWF VS UAH 1-5-13
UWF VS VALDOSTA 1-19-13
UWF VS DELTA 1-24-13
UWF VS CBU 1-26-13
UWF VS UNA 1-31-13
UWF VS UWA 2-14-13
UWF VS UWG 2-16-13 SENIOR DAY
2012-13 MEN'S BASKETBALL ARCHIVE
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 11-9-12
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS Georgia College 11-11-12
MEN'S BASKETBALL VS Mississippi College 11-13-12
THANKSGIVING CLASSIC TOURNAMENT 11-23-12 & 11-24-12
UWF VS SHORTER 1-3-13
UWF VS UAH 1-5-13
UWF VS VALDOSTA 1-19-13
UWF VS DELTA 1-24-13
UWF VS CBU 1-26-13
UWF VS UNA 1-31-13
UWF VS UWA 2-14-13
UWF VS UWG 2-16-13 SENIOR DAY
|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.
2012 CROSS COUNTRY ARCHIVE
Cross Country GULF COAST STAMPEDE 9-22-12