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Fort Myers, Fla. Farmers' Market. By Paul Goldfinger ©. The hidden girl.   Lakes Park, Fort Myers, Fla.  By Paul Goldfinger. Click to see.  2015.


BOB DYLAN:  “Where are You?”


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The Thomas Edison Estate in Fort Myers, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

The Thomas Edison Summer Estate in Fort Myers, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photo.







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Gulf Waters Bicycle Riders Club.  Lakes Park Farmers Market.  Ft. Myers.   March 6, 2015.    Click to see who’s who’s who . Photo by Paul Goldfinger.  ©


.By Paul Goldfinger from the Tropicana Forum.


They came into the rest area single file, or close to it, slowing down as they rode around me.  “Hey, you better get out of the way,” said a man sitting at a table nearby. He was promoting the Bible, but instead of saving a soul, he was trying to save me.  I realized then that I should stop daydreaming, so instead I starting shooting photos.

The Gulf Waters Bicycle Riders are a social group from a nearby mobile home community.  “Candominium” corrected one rider referring to the metal construction of their houses which are  not far from Tropicana Park which we wrote about recently.  They didn’t seem tired, because they apparently take their time as they ride about 10 miles to get to their destination—the  Farmers Market.

They saw me taking pictures, so they requested a group shot. They assembled in about 5 seconds. It shows how fast  a group of seniors can move when they are asked to pose for a picture.  One said, “Don’t put us in Playboy.”   Another called out, “We need to show more leg.”

I call this a “Coaster shot.”  That’s when  persons stand in a horizontal row and grin at the camera.

But I did them a favor and then discovered  this was my best shot, achieving a high rate of smiles due to some ribald remarks coming from both sides of the camera.

One of the group, Artie Johnson, stepped forward and asked me to be sure to send them a photo which he would share.  He said he was from Calverton, NY and he handed me a card that identified him as an Ambassador for the USA Pickleball Association.

I didn’t  know about that, but there was a merchant at the market who sold only pickles. I went up to him and made an offer, “Will you sell me half-sours for half price?”

He replied, “I’m not going to fall for that one.”

Sometimes my jokes fall flatter than a fluke in winter at the Belmar Marina.

I mailed Uncle Artie the photo and a link to this site.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.


BETS MALONE    from the Marvelous Wonderettes

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Flower stand attracts a Florida honey bee. By Paul Goldfinger ©.

Flower stand attracts a Florida honey bee.  Win a prize—Be the first to identify the secret.   By Paul Goldfinger ©.  March, 2016
Hint #1: There is something sweet in the photo. What is it?

Hint #2:  Be the first to identify the third person in the photo


The best clue was #2.    If you study the picture, look behind the woman’s tush, and you will see a little person there.


So sometimes our eyes can play tricks. And the other lesson is that the study of photographs requires careful viewing.


No prize will be awarded for this contest.






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Visit Lakes Park, off Gladiolus Dr.  Ft. Myers, Fla.  It’s very lovely, and there is bird watching. Feb. 17, 2021. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Click image to enlarge.


The islands in the water are bird sanctuaries and breeding grounds where birds nest and lay eggs in the spring. There is a farmers market there each Wednesday until April. It is from 9 am to 1 pm. Lee County watches over this beautiful park. You can jog, bike, stroll, picnic, meet friends (in small groups) and take nature walks.




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Ft Myers, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger. Jan. 30, 2021.  Click image to watch him mow the lawn. The weird tree is a banyan.  It’s a fig. ©


By Paul Goldfinger,   Editor Blogfinger.net


“Mo di lo”*  is the French pronunciation for “cut the grass.”

If you drive to downtown Ft. Myers, where the center of town is, you will have to travel uptown, ie north.  It is strange.  The city’s westerly border runs along the Caloosahatchie River which is one mile wide at its widest point.  Calusa Indians once lived along this river. There is a Calusa shell mound on Sanibel Island. If the Indians had a picnic, they would have clams on the half shell and toss the shells into the pile.

You will find that there are lots of ranch style houses–all over the place.  It’s sort of claustrophobic because many of the interior roads are multi-lane highways, and there aren’t too many places to pull over, park, and walk around.


This photo of a dock shows how wide the river is. This is Thomas Edison’s private dock.  The decorative entranceway was added many years after he moved in.  Paul Goldfinger photo. January, 2021.  Ft. Myers, Fla La Land.




At Rutherford High School  (NJ) the Boys Glee Club  (I was a baritone–we had no sopranos in that ensemble)  sang this song “Down by the Riverside.”

For us it was the polluted Passaic River. If we wanted a snack, it wasn’t clams on the half shell. We would go to Rutt’s Hut, across the river, for burgers and fried hot dogs, consumed while sitting on the hoods of our cars overlooking the water.



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Camelia River. Ft. Myers, Florida. December 18, 2020. Paul Goldfinger monochrom photograph. ©  Click to enlarge.  (Don’t you wish life were that easy?)


NANCY LAMOTT:    “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  With Christopher Marlowe on piano.


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“The Arvelee” in downtown Fort Myers, across from the Caloosahatchee River. There are quite a few old Florida buildings in that neighborhood. Click left for full screen view. By Paul Goldfinger ©


SOUNDTRACK:  This photo reminds me of Miami, and when I think Miami, I think Cuba and mambo.   From the movie Mambo Kings, here is Antonio Banderas with “Beautiful Maria of My Soul.”


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Gulf of Mexico. Bunche Beach. Fla.   Dec. 24, 2019. ©  Paul Goldfinger.




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Ft. Myers, Fla.  Dec. 24, 2019. Morning light.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Monochrom.   Click to enlarge






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