Saturday, February 9, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Long Center Wheelchair Access Ramp

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Clearwater, Florida: Long Center Wheelchair Access Ramp
As I explored the extended park / trail that makes up the Coachman Ridge park and the Long Center Complex, I spotted this very different view of The Long Center. Neat looking architecture, my first thought. What purpose though, my second thought. Hmmm, does that mean I am a function over form kind of guy? Finally, Ah-ha, wheelchair ramp, my third thought. Sometimes, it seems like the daylight comes so slowly.

So, there is a bit of functional architecture that combines both form and function. They could have made it quite plain. Of course, you could also say they could make it more ornate, but then... it is a municipal building, not an Opera House or Church.
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6th Annual BOWser Games: Highlander Park: Dunedin - TODAY!

Don't forget! Enjoy a day of Family and Pet Fun with your pet at the 6th Annual BOWser Games! That's right, it's TODAY, NOW, Saturday, February 9th, at Highlander Park, in Dunedin. From 10 AM to 3 PM you can enter your dog in different contests, have him/her try the agility course, check out the pet related vendors and lots more! Call 727-710-7387 for more information. The Games are sponsored in part by the Pinellas Animal Foundation. And if you get a chance, stop by the Natural Pet Health Food Store booth, and tell Matt that Clearwater Daily Photo says hi!

But that's not all! If it's still early in the day, you can head over to Pioneer Park, in Downtown Dunedin, for the Mardi Parti for Pups event! It starts at 8 AM and will keep you and your dog busy with lots of fun, and a parade even (at 9:30am), until 11 AM. Call 727-738-2920 or 727-812-4545 for more information.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: A Trail Sign Done Right

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Clearwater, Florida: A Trail Sign Done Right Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail Pinellas
Like I said, you just can't deny that the City of Clearwater gets some things really right! This trail sign is just one of them. The trail itself is another, even bigger thing, that they did right! I discovered this cool trail sign the same day I discovered Coachman Ridge Park, and this trail (the Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail) that connects it to the Long Center Recreational Complex.

To learn more about this trail, simply click on the image above. It will open, much larger, in a new window, so you can read it more easily. If you notice on the sign, it says Proposed Pinellas Trail. Well let me tell you, the Pinellas Trail is 'proposed' no more. It is now a beautiful, dynamic, stellar part of the wonderful recreation lifestyle here.

Whether you are walking your baby or your dog, riding bike wheels or skate wheels, or flat out training for a marathon, the Pinellas Trail is a wonderful place to be. If you'd like to read more about the Pinellas Trail, click here, or here, or here.
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Don't forget! Enjoy a day of Family and Pet Fun with your pet at the 6th Annual BOWser Games! That's right, it's TOMORROW, Saturday, February 9th, at Highlander Park, in Dunedin. From 10 AM to 3 PM you can enter your dog in different contests, have him/her try the agility course, check out the pet related vendors and lots more! Call 727-710-7387 for more information. The Games are sponsored in part by the Pinellas Animal Foundation. And if you get a chance, stop by the Natural Pet Health Food Store booth, and tell Matt that Clearwater Daily Photo says hi!

But that's not all! If you want to get an earlier start on the fun with your dog tomorrow, head over to Pioneer Park, in Downtown Dunedin, for the Mardi Parti for Pups event! It starts at 8 AM and will keep you and your dog busy with lots of fun, and a parade even, until 11 AM. Call 727-738-2920 or 727-812-4545 for more information.

If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Beach Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater, Florida!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Long Center Waterways Sign

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Clearwater, Florida: Long Center Waterways Sign
The City of Clearwater does a really good job with informative signs in some places around town. This example can be found at the Long Center Recreational Facility. This sign illustrates the storm water runoff management techniques in use at the Long Center. It also explains what homeowners, commercial property owners, and neighborhoods can do to protect the water in our system.
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...HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Bayside Bridge from Arbor Shoreline Office Complex

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Clearwater, Florida: Bayside Bridge from Arbor Shoreline Office Complex
This is the view from Arbor Shoreline Office Complex, looking out over Tampa Bay to the Bayside Bridge. The bridge does not really cross anything, so to speak. It starts on one side of the bay and ends on the same side of the bay! How so? Well, it was designed and built for one simple reason, to provide an additional North-South thoroughfare for commuters in Pinellas County. Yeah, we outgrew our roads, and the best next place to add north-south capacity was out over Tampa Bay.

In the satellite image below, from Google Earth, you can see the long thin line stretching at an angle from the bottom of the image to the top, over the dark area. The dark area is the water of Tampa Bay (just a very small corner of the Bay, actually), and the long thin line is the Bayside Bridge. If you notice the line at the left side of the picture, running straight up and down (north and south), this is the road that the bridge was built to relieve. That is US HWY 19, and it can be a real parking lot at times. They have done a lot to improve it over the past couple of decades, one of which being the Bayside Bridge.

Oh, and the yellow thumbtack on the shoreline to the left of the bridge marks the Arbor Shoreline Office Complex.

Google Earth Satellite Image Bayside Bridge Tampa Bay Arbor Shoreline Office Complex
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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Reflection In Building At Arbor Shoreline Office Complex

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Clearwater, Florida: Reflection In Building At Arbor Shoreline Office Complex
Arbor Shoreline Office Complex sits right on Tampa Bay. From various vantage points, you can see much of Tampa Bay, and the Bayside Bridge, through the beautiful oaks growing along the shore. It's an amazing place when you consider it is an office complex. It would seem that they really did an excellent job designing and building this place.

Tomorrow, perhaps, we will get a better view of the Bayside Bridge. Meantime, I often wish I could get a job in a place like this. The scenery is not nearly so nice at my current office. Oh well.
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Monday, February 4, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Arbor Shoreline Office Complex

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Clearwater, Florida: Arbor Shoreline Office Complex: Culvert or Troll's Den?
This is a culvert that empties into a drainage pond in Arbor Shoreline Office Complex. Or is it? On the one hand, I see the culvert plain as day. It is just a concrete pipe coming out of the ground, emptying into a pond. On the other hand, I cannot help but notice the likeness to troll dens encountered in a child's fantasy.

But who knows, perhaps it is a portal to a world of wonder and enchantment?
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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Remaining Bridge Structure Dated 1963

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Clearwater, Florida: Remaining Bridge Structure Dated 1963
I snapped this shot near the Clearwater end of the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge. It is part of an old bridge that has long since been replaced with other, newer bridges in this same location. There is nothing more to it than what you see here. This short half wall, maybe four feet tall, is all that is left of this particular piece of the past.
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