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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Bradenton Riverwalk

Across the river from Palmetto where I live is the town of Bradenton Florida. A little while back the city decided to improve this walkway along the Manatee River. It now hosts food festivals, jazz concerts and a skateboard park. On this day I arrived around sunset to capture the modern, yet relaxed feeling of the place where families love to stroll and I’ll go to walk my dogs or just enjoy the eclectic atmosphere.

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Robinson Preserve

Being a procrastinator I waited until about twenty minutes before sunset to head out of the house this evening. As I headed for the beach I passed Robinson Preserve and thought this might be just as good a location. It was getting late so I parked and headed into the park on foot, hoping I hadn’t left it too late. Just then the ranger doing his final rounds met me on the path and insisted that I leave as the park was closing in five minutes. I was deflated and not sure if I should be upset at the rules or myself for being so haphazard. I was at least five minutes from this pier where I wanted to setup and then another twenty minutes to hike out. In the end I think he rolled his eyes and looked the other way, but told me I should come back during the day to capture a family of bald eagles that he pointed out a quarter mile away. I will do that one day, but on this day I got the sunset and walked out of the park in darkness, alone, with all the little critters that come out at night expecting to have the park to themselves.

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Casa Monica Stairwell

On the first day of my stay at this hotel I was sitting in the lobby and noticed the whole staff walk across the lobby and through a door into what appeared another room. It seemed apparent they were heading into a staff meeting. As I sat there I saw several people walk in and out of the meeting. From the amount of people I guessed it was an important meeting. Curiosity got the best of me and as I headed to the elevator I took a quick peak inside. In fact it was a stairwell which the afternoon shift was using to get to their assigned floors. I may not be the sharpest tack in the drawer, but at least I’m easily amused. This is the stairwell at the Casa Monica hotel in St. Augustine, Florida.

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