A walk in the park.

 

I went for a walk here at a local city park. Nothing spectacular really, but I wanted to share these pictures with you. After all, I enjoy seeing photographs from other places I may never get to visit.

I saw a climbing rose; not sure of what the name would be for these particular ones. The purple flower might be a Viola? The Pitcher Plants are known as yellow pitcher plant       ( Sarracenia Flava).

The park service/City beautification committee, built the fake well around a water spiket or hydrant of sort, there once was a railroad spur that ran right beside it. I am guessing it was either used for the railroad or was a fire hydrant for the lumber mill that once existed very near by. Fire was a big concern at the lumber mill.

The big rock with the granite plaque in front, that reads;  This Escambia County native rock, which has endured through the Centuries, is placed here in honor of all the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. This memorial, a symbol of strength and stability, is a reflection of our nation’s strength. We hereby dedicate this mounment in memory of Brewton native Tamara Thurman and each of her countrymen that perished that day, on this day September 11, 2012

 

Sarracenia – aka Pitcher plant

I was going through my collections of photos and ran across these photos.  I discovered these several years ago growing  in a field at the end of a runway at our local airport.  Since that time the city has taken a few precautions to keep them from being trampled or otherwise disturbed.

I had noticed them numerous times as I was driving by, but from a distance I just thought they were some kind of typical road side wild flower.  One day while I was out looking for things to photograph, I decided to take a closer look and I am so glad that I did. I want to add that I was very careful to not step on any plants while checking them out. I used a 55-200 mm zoom lens so I wouldn’t have to get too close.

I do believe these are called Crimson Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia Leucophylia).. They are a carnivorous insect eating  bog plant. There are many different varieties and species of pitcher plants, these are just one, they belong to the Sarraceniaceae plant family.  I hope you enjoyed seeing them.

What will our sleepy little town do now?

 

Well, they say all good things must come to an end; I guess they are right. The scavenger hunt I have posted about a couple of times has finally came to an end. The Money was found. Now there are a lot of people left wondering: “What do we do now?” They have spent the last three weeks watching and waiting for clues and searching all night and day in some cases. 858122_558889080788992_332512874_o

It has been a wonderful experience for the most part.  Of course, there were some that weren’t paying attention to anything but the fact there was money out there somewhere.  There was some damage done, but over all very minuscule. Something almost magic happens when these guys get together and do their podcast and go live on Facebook. We are just a small town, but when these guys get behind a cause people respond.  They were receiving donations to several different causes and the money pot during all of this.  The money pot went up over $11,000 and someone was doubling it once it was found.  There were other goodies too, donated by the different business around the area.  They hadn’t done all the arithmetic at the time of the live announcement of the money being found.

Amid all the searching everyone got on board with picking up litter as they went along. Next thing you know, that became a contest as well; with a

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1st prize of $500 for who picked up the most trash and $200 for the runner up. They had to post photos and videos of them picking up the litter in the areas they were searching  in any of the communities that were in the area listed in the search.  Now we are all waiting to see what they come up with tomorrow @Drive Time with DJ & KJ so we don’t go back to being a quiet little black and white town. If you join in tell them “Gecko” sent ya.

 

 

 

Scavenger Hunt still going on!

I have posted about this small town scavenger hunt for the last two days. It seems to have  taken on a life of it’s own.  Excitement keeps growing as the pot keeps getting bigger and bigger. It started at a mere $1000. Then, next thing you know; area businesses and individuals began making contributions to the pot.  It has grown to over $10,000 on top of that, there are all kinds of gift certificates and other items donated as well. Not to mention, that there has been a business that says it will double the money pot when it is found! 3229901467_cccc795ebd_z      Photo of one of the murals in our town. Depicting some of our historic buildings.

I tried to stay out of it, but I will admit; I have been out searching a little myself.  Being a life long resident of the area hasn’t helped my search though. Now, there is even another way we can get some money. We have to take pictures and videos of picking up litter from the areas while we are searching. The person who turns in the most wins $500 and the runner up wins $200.  People seem to be coming from everywhere, as the news keeps spreading.

The cash grows!

IMG_0281I posted yesterday about our local “treasure hunt”.  This morning the prize pot busted through the $10,000 mark!  People are out all over town going over everything over and over again.  Meanwhile, we all hanging on for the next clue to be posted.

We have people coming in from all over to hunt for the cash now that it has gotten so BIG!  The clues are giving us a headache and the hunt is costing us a lot of sleep.  Some are to the point they just want it to be over so they can find out where the item they are looking for has been for over two weeks now.