Longboat North

This was taken at the northern tip of Longboat Key on central Florida’s west coast where people pause what they’re doing and come to watch the sun go down. Sometimes it’s fun just to watch people watching the sunset. If you look down the beach just as the sun hits the horizon, you can see hundreds of little flashes as people try to grab that perfect picture. Count me among them.
Because I procrastinate so much I usually arrive after the sun goes down, but on this day I made it on time and was rewarded. In this central part of Florida's west coast people come from all over to the beach to watch the sun go down. Sometimes it's fun just to watch people watching the sunset. I can be easily distracted.
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TPA Sunset

When I fly back to Tampa from Vancouver this time of year we land around sunset. Aside from the occasional iPhone photo, by the time I get off the plane its usually too late to get a good shot. This day I got out of the terminal and headed straight to the top level of the parking garage to capture this picture. Oddly enough, I wasn’t the only one, a group of about eight people including a few children where there to watch the sunset as well. I remember the dad saying to his impatient son, “look while you can, you don’t see many sunsets it your life, this is one of the few”. I thought that was cool, but in a way kinda sad. I mean except for weather, every day we have sunsets, it’s just a matter of whether we choose to take the time to notice. This photo is all about that.

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Castles

I wonder if the child that built this had any idea someone would come along with a tripod and photograph it and then put it on a blog where people all over the world can see it. I think not. But, that’s what I did, and whomever created this, I’d like to thank you, we can all now admire your fine work.
I wonder if the child that built this had any idea someone would come along with a tripod and photograph it and then put it on a blog where people all over the world can see it. I think not. But, that's what I did, and whomever created this, I'd like to thank you, we can all now admire your fine work.
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DeSoto Magic

In many cases I prefer to take a picture after the sunset, the sky tends to be a little deeper and if the clouds are right, the glow can last for fifteen minutes or more. The waves appear calm which is due to the long exposure I used. Actually this is a combination of exposures which is what gives it the surreal feel. But come to think of it, the picture is about as close as I can get to the colors I experienced over that fifteen minute period. A magical moment indeed.
In many cases I prefer to take a picture after the sunset, the sky tends to be a little deeper and if the clouds are right, the glow can last for fifteen minutes or more. The waves appear calm which is due to the long exposure I used. Actually this is a combination of exposures which is what gives it the surreal feel. But come to think of it, the picture is about as close as I can get to the colors I experienced over that fifteen minute period. A magical moment indeed.

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Rental Stand

When I first saw this I thought of rum drinks on a tropical island somewhere. However this hut is actually a bike rental stand in at Fort DeSoto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. As it was close to sunset it seemed that all bikes had been returned and the attendant long gone, probably to have a tropical drink at some other stand. I’m still looking for that hut.
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Flagler College Fountain

The Ponce DeLeon hotel catered to select clientele during it’s peak and is now a four year college in St. Augustine Florida. The architecture here is worth checking out and if you’re ever in St Augustine take the forty minute tour. This is the the courtyard fountain which is a sundial and each of the twelve toads are slightly different in some subtle way.
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Bradenton Beach at Sunset

This was taken at Bradenton Beach just after sunset. It seemed this Blue Heron was happy to pose, or perhaps it was just eyeing a fish. Nevertheless, everyday at sunset hundreds of visitors and residents alike line up on this beach to snap a photo as the sun goes down. We have a favorite restaurant on this beach and there’s usually live music at sunset, a nice setting. For years they had this musician who always sung “Here Comes the Sun”. To me that seems a little odd, …isn’t that about a sunrise?
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Cafe Alcazar

In St. Augustine at the Lightner Museum there is a cafe built inside a pool. The pool was build in 1889 as part of the Hotel Alcazar and in it’s time was the largest indoor pool in the world. It’s an unusual sight to be sure and on the day we arrived at the peak of the season we didn’t have a reservation. However, from what I could see there are few cafes that can compete with the ambiance as you are surrounded by priceless artifacts from the museum. Swim suits not required.

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