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The Ringling Museums at Sarasota

6 May

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The John & Mable Ringling Museums

Sarasota Bay, Sarasota, FL

Friday, May 06, 2016

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We visited the John & Mable Ringling Museums in the city of Sarasota (SRQ), Florida. Bhanu and I arrived around 11 AM after driving for about 45 minutes from Clearwater, FL where we were staying. The Ringling Museum is part of the Florida State University and since I am faculty at FSU, I got a special rate while Bhanu paid the full amount. We were met with volunteers who explained the places to see.
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The Ringling Museums are located on a 20 acre property off of the Sarasota Bay on the west coast of Florida peninsula has many individual museums: the circus museum, the Tibbals Learning Center, Mable’s Rose Garden, Ca’ d’Zan (House of John in Venetian dialect), Banyan Cafe, Center for Asian Art (opening in May 2016), Museum of Art, and Searing Wing.
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We saw many of the buildings including the Tibbals, circus museum, the rose garden, the Ca’ d’Zan, Asian Art, Museum of Art, and ate at the Banyan Cafe. The weather was perfect and unusually cool and dry (78F) for an early May.
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We spent almost 6 hours at the museums and left around 4 PM toward Palm Harbor.
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Flora and Fauna of Aruba

18 Dec

Flora and Fauna of Aruba

We traveled to Aruba, an island nation which is part of the Lesser Antilles and part of Leeward Antilles located in the Caribbean Sea and ~25 miles off of Venezuelan coast. It is part of the Dutch Caribbean and one of the countries of the Kingdom of Netherlands.

We stayed in Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba and visited beaches and other areas where we saw some trees, birds, and animals which are unique. First in the beach we saw trees that are unique to the Caribbean.

Divi Divi or Watapana Tree

Divi Divi or Watapana Tree

Fofoti or Conocarpus erectus mangrove tree

Fofoti or Conocarpus erectus mangrove tree

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Cactus in foreground and Coconuts in background

We saw lots of iguanas. The young ones are in green color and older adults were ranging in color from blue to dark grey. We also some skinks.

Young green iguana on a palm tree

Young green iguana on a palm tree

Iguanas were plentiful and they were very shy and ran away if you even came closer than 10 feet.

Adult_Iguana

Adult Iguana on a Palm tree in Oranjestad, Aruba

We also saw lots of house sparrows,  black birds, and bare eyed doves.

Bare Eyed Dove Patagioenas corensis

Bare Eyed Dove Patagioenas corensis

We also saw lots of black birds called Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris that were roosting on the palm trees next to our hotel. They were lots of noise in the morning and took some time in the night before they settled down.

In the area near the Alto Vista chapel (past the Arashi beach) and the north eastern corner of Aruba also called Hudishibana, we saw a male Aruban whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus arubensis) with its beautiful turquoise color. Locally they are called codoco or kodoco.

Aruban Whiptail Lizard (Cnemidophorus arubensis)

Aruban Whiptail Lizard (Cnemidophorus arubensis)

We saw lots of cacti too.

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Bushi cactus

Yatu Cactus

Yatu Cactus

Cadushi di Colebra

Cadushi di Colebra

Aruba currency Florin and cents

Aruba currency Florin and cents

 

 

My Travels in the United States

5 Jun

My USA Travels

The extent of my travels in the United States of America

Latitudes and Longitudes of my USA Travel

While perusing through some websites and thinking about the places I have visited during my travels over the last four decades a thought occurred to me that wont it be nice to plot the latitudes and longitudes of my travels.

This occurred to my during my trip to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in early June 2015. Since it was early summer and the location had high north latitude there was plenty of sunlight both late in the evening and early in the morning.

So I found two websites that provided the information I needed: 1) http://www.darrinward.com/lat-long/?id=615166 and 2) http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html. Using these websites I first constructed the North, East, West, and South extends of my travels in the United States of America. Here I have more than four locations since some of them representative both West and South and some are North and East

44.9799700,-93.2638400 (Minneapolis, MN) NORTH
44.385633,-68.202782 (Bangor, ME) EAST
37.770489,-122.511278 (San Francisco, CA) WEST
32.542611,-117.031324 (Chula Vista, CA) SOUTH (WEST)
24.546318,-81.79759 (Key West, FL) SOUTH

The map below shows this graphically the same thing.

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Extent of my travels in the USA.