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Ride the Train – The Orange Blossom Cannonball

 

The family and I took a drive to Tavares, Florida recently to ride a real, wood fired, steam locomotive known as the Orange Blossom Cannonball.

The folks that run the Cannonball are in the process of rebuilding the rail bed and constructing a new station modeled after rail depots of old.

Overall, the experience was a fun, family day. Here are a few snaps and a video of the train in action.

 

Orange Blossom Cannonball

Orange Blossom Cannonball

Tavares, Eustis and Gulf Railroad

Tavares, Eustis and Gulf Railroad

Baldwin Locomotive Works

Baldwin Locomotive Works

The Drivers

The Drivers

Another Angle of #2

Another Angle of #2

#2 Portrait

#2 Portrait

Awaiting Departure

Awaiting Departure

 

 

For more information, please visit The Orange Blossom Cannonball site.

Florida and Florida State – The Sunshine Showdown

Once again the Seminoles and the Gators rivalry game took place on the last week of the regular season.

In a highly anticipated game billed as The Sunshine Showdown, both fan bases showed up to support their team and urge them on to victory. Florida went out to an early lead that lasted into the third quarter when the Seminoles scored 17 unanswered points to lead the Gators 20-13. It looked like the margin of 7 points the Seminoles were favored by was going to prove the difference.

However, in the final stanza, Florida put up 24 points to retake the lead and defeat the home team 37-26 after a late, inconsequential E.J. Manuel touchdown.

For this year, the Florida faithful have the bragging rights after a hard fought victory by the boys in orange and blue.

As one disappointed Seminole fan said after the game, “Wait’ll next year.’

Next year can’t get here soon enough to see this great rivalry renewed one more time.

View my Jacksonville.com gallery here.

Florida State’s Devonta Freeman rushes for a first down in second quarter action against Florida.

Florida’s Trey Burton puts a stiff arm on a Florida State defensive back Terrence Brooks in the third quarter.

Florida’s Mike Gillislee strides towards the end zone during fourth quarter action.

Chief Osceola and Renegade celebrate a third quarter touchdown by the Florida State Seminoles.

 

 

Gators Hanging On

The Florida Gators hosted the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday November 10, 2012. Florida was hosting a 26 point underdog in The Swamp on homecoming. The Ragin’ Cajuns had ideas of ruining the day for Florida alumni and players.

In a much closer than expected game, the team from Louisiana had the Gators on the ropes and the game was all knotted up at 20 points apiece with 13 seconds to go in the game. Most everyone was expecting overtime to determine a winner in this game. All ULL had to do was get a punt off and let their defense hold the Gators until regulation time ran out.

However, in the next few seconds, the Gators’ Louchiez Purifoy would block a ULL punt and Jelani Jenkins would grab the ball and run it into the end zone to give the Gators a 27-20 victory with 2 seconds to go in the game.

Florida players went into celebration mode and The Swamp exploded in delirium. An unbelievable finish to a very close game.

My complete gallery of the game is on Jacksonville.com.

Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins (3) returns a blocked punt for a touchdown as the Florida Gators beat the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 27-20 in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday November 10, 2012.

 

Florida wide receiver Latroy Pittman is on the business end of Jeff Driskel’s cleats during third quarter action against the University of Louisiana Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Saturday November 10, 2012.

Albert and The Photobomb

Thanks Albert. You pulled off a great photobomb! Or, where you just rooting the boys on to victory?

Florida’s Mike Gillislee takes a screen pass and goes 45 yards for the touchdown against Missouri in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Florida’s 14-7 victory on November 3, 2012.

One Wedding and a Football Game


My weekends in the fall usually consist of livestreaming a Friday night high school football game and then shooting the University of Florida game when the Gators play in The Swamp on Saturdays.

This weekend was a little different as I shot a Friday afternoon wedding with an evening reception that wrapped up about 10:30 PM. I then got up early Saturday to head to Gainesville, Florida to cover ESPN GameDay and the Gators as they hosted the Gamecocks of South Carolina in a SEC Eastern Division showdown.

The wedding was great as I photographed a long time friend of my oldest daughter marry the man of her dreams. I wish Mike and Jennifer a long and happy marriage. They are a fun couple!

Here are a couple of snaps from the ceremony and reception.

The First Kiss

Top Gun Introduction

Reception Group Photo

The atmosphere in Gainesville was exciting on game day. ESPN choose to have their GameDay program outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for the 12th time. The Gators have been involved in a game where GameDay has been broadcast a nation leading 35 times. True to every other show, folks were out in force with their signs supporting one team or another or in this year of presidential election, signs supporting their candidate of choice.

The Gators jumped out to an early lead after a Carolina turnover on their opening possession to go up 7-0 in the game. The Gators never looked back in defeating the Gamecocks 44-11 to take control of the SEC Eastern Division race.

Jelani Jenkins (#3) takes down Carolina QB Connor Shaw in first quarter action.

Signs at the ESPN Gameday show outside Ben Hill Griffin.

Alex McCalister (#95) celebrates with the Rowdy Reptiles in the North End Zone after the victory.

Two big events made for a tiring, but very rewarding weekend of photography. I love what I do!