Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Baseball and nature


It’s always a great day to be a Tiger fan.

Baseball and nature – not really related, but that’s the way we’ve spent the past couple of days down here in sunny, hot Florida.

Friday we took in a Tiger game at their Lakeland spring training facility. Have to say it’s a pretty impressive stadium, and run really professionally, with lots of volunteers handling everything from checking bags, helping with seating and answering questions about the building and the team.

Field lights and palm trees.

We had great seats right behind the Tiger dugout, too bad the Tigers didn’t play very well.

Miguel made it to first base with this swing.

The second pitch of the game the New York Mets player hit a home run, and it was downhill from there. Miguel Cabrera, one of the Tigers star players came up to bat three times, managed to get on base once, but never scored.

He didn’t seem happy, and ran rather slow, just back from an injury that kept him out of the game most of last season. Still, it was cool to see him up close.

Not such a great

The Mets just had better pitching, the score ended up 7 to 1.

Looks like another one of his 98 mph strikes. Sigh.

The one run Detroit scored was a homerun. That was fun to watch.

Giving thanks for the home run.

It would have been more fun to see today’s game against the Atlanta Braves. We hear the Tigers won 7 to 4, and Miguel hit a home run in the 5th inning.


But I can’t dwell too long on what we didn’t see, because today we saw an awful lot of beautiful. We went to two parks; the first was Hollis Park which is in Lakeland and sits on a beautiful pond in the middle of town with lots of water birds.

Just getting a drink.

And today it also had lots of runners as there was a 5K and 10K road race going on when we arrived.

It was already way too hot to be running, even early in the morning.

This little park is a gem sitting in the middle of town. Lots of beautiful flowering things…

Messing around with depth of field.

…koi in a fountain…

Looking for a hand out.

…and some very unique sculpture tucked away amidst the plants.

Sunshine made it glow.

It’s a wonderful little park, and there’s more to see than what I’ve shared. Maybe I’ll put together a slide show of the things that didn’t make it into this blog.

A green space filled with color.

For sure I’ll do a separate post about Bok Gardens, the stunning garden we visited in the afternoon, complete with a carillon and a winter estate home built in the 1920s with wonderful winding paths through azaleas and camellias, and huge mossy live oaks.

Enter here to see the 1920s home.

And then we made it over to the Gulf of Mexico just in time to see the sun set.

Another beautiful day comes to an end.

I’ll share more about all that in the next post. Right now it’s time to get some sleep, tomorrow is our last day in the sun.

Better rest up!

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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “Baseball and nature

  1. I love travelling with you. Carry on.

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  2. Great pictures love the flower one that looks like a fringe we have some of them.

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  3. What a beautiful sunset, and I LOVE that bird’s legs. Great captur as he was drinking!

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  4. All I can say is *sigh*.

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  5. Beautiful. Looks nice there, and so colorful.

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  6. I am so glad you are enjoying your time in hot, sunny Florida. It is such a pretty state. Re that Tigers-Mets score: this New Jersey girl says once a Mets fan, always a Mets fan. 😀 You had great seats–your photos are wonderful, Dawn.

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  7. Pawsome, that you got to see a Tigers game. Dad’s teams were the Indians and Cardinals. Detroit was number 3. Dad spent plenty of time listening to Ernie Harwell as a young pup. Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Micky Lolich, Denny McClai, Norm Cash, Earl Wilson. The memories come flooding back of those nights listening to the radio. Plus there was WWWE for Cleveland games and KMOX for the Cardinals.

    Dog Speed,

    Dog Dad, telling stories to the Sherman & Gemini about baseball

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  8. I love spring training baseball! When we can, we see the Red Sox, it’s always so much fun.


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