Day off

Sometimes, a day off is a good thing. Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a “day off” but a sick day at work. And after seeing the doctor for this cold, I saw this car parked in another parking lot. Looks like I wasn’t the only one with time off.

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Reflections

Near my job is a business park with a bell tower and walking paths around several man-made lakes.  Here is a quick shot of the tower reflected in said lake.

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Two in a Million

One thing Tampa Bay is known for is some serious thunder/lightning storms.  The cool sea breezes hitting the warm afternoon air mass over the land generates large, but also quick moving storms and torrential rain.  They can be quite beautiful. The only problem is, after they are over, the humidity is awful. I came home from a day out (trying to stay as dry as I could) and walked into my house. Now, I’m not one that likes to garden. Frankly, I’d probably kill a potted silk flower. But there are a few plants that mysteriously survive despite my ignoring them. One such plant was able to cup a few droplets of water. Unfortunately, as I was setting up my camera with mini-tripod onto a stable platform to take some macro shots of that drop, I got too close and knocked int off that leaf. DOH! So, shifting to another leaf I was able to get these shots.

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Urban Art

Driving around town, I’m sometimes amazed at the amount of murals painted on the side of buildings.  Some of them announce the business they serve. Others, the neighborhood they represent. Some, are just art for the sake of art on the side of a building.

Not all of it is “graffiti”, but some are done by graffiti artists. Such is the photo for tonight.  These artists work not only in the medium of spray paint, but also in skin art.  They are tattoo artists (actually, the tattoo shop that I go to).  It’s sometimes amazing what can be done with a paint blown violently (and sometimes unpredictably) from the nozzle of a can.

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The Boys of Summer

The boys of summer. What’s more telling of the season changes than when baseball starts again. There’s nothing like it: The mom’s cheering in the stands; the Dads standing on the sidelines proud; the *ping* of the bats; the *crack* of ball meeting mitt. There are the smells of the grass and dirt floating on the summer breeze.  It’s one of the few sights (along with bar-b-que’s) that lets you know school will be out soon and the summer nights will be upon us.

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Silhouettes in the Sunset

Driving towards the beach I figured This is Florida. Sunset’s on the beach or intercoastal waterway is always nice. I didn’t make it quite as far as the beach.  There is a small park on the way to the beach that I figured I’d stop at. There is, after all, a unique looking small bridge.  As I circled the park searching for a parking space, I saw a Great Blue Heron standing on the sea wall.  The sun began to sink lower in the sky, turning from a bright yellow to a soft orange. The haze from a brush fire blowing in from the Okefanokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia gave a unique glow in the sky. Being that I only have an 18-55mm lens for my camera, any wildlife photography is rather difficult and tries my patience. In order to get a good shot, I had to creep up slowly, step-by-step, moving directly towards the bird when it was looking away. I was able to get within 20 feet (more or less) and get a couple shots.

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Sun sets over new growth

Spring is such a renewed time of year. The birds sing more energetically. The trees turn a renewed green. And flowers you never new you had start to grow in places you never thought they would. Go figure. At least it means I don’t lose photo taking time to gardening. And, if the sun is in the right place, you can see something quite wonderful.

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