Saturday, February 23, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Cool Rides At Clearwater Cycles

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Clearwater, Florida: Cool Rides At Clearwater Cycles
I found the coolest bicycle shop the other day, and met the coolest bike shop people! This is Clearwater Cycles. They opened just last year, and they have some really awesome bikes. I met Adam and Dee and Brad there, what a totally neat bunch of people. They were more than ready to answer all my questions about some crazy bicycling ideas I had.

On top of all that, they have an excellent website, all about bicycling, bikes, and more, as well as information on the bicycles they carry. It seems like whether you are riding around town, hitting the beach, or even going for the long haul on the Pinellas Trail from Palm Harbor through Dunedin, Clearwater and on to St. Petersburg, they have the right bike for you. They can even get tricycles and other cool specialty bikes, like that cool Schwinn tandem in the picture.
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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!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Everyday Heroes Remember The Heroes of 9-11-01

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Clearwater, Florida: Everyday Heroes Remember The Heroes of 9-11-01
While taking pictures at Fire Station 48 in Clearwater, I noticed this touching remembrance of 9/11. It is painted on the side of Ladder 48. (I called it Engine 48, but as Mo rightly pointed out, it has a ladder on it, so it probably called Ladder 48.)

I saw 9/11 memorials of some type in both fire stations. I feel it speaks volumes of this Brotherhood of Heroes. Much like the Wall of Patches, at the Clearwater Beach Station 46. I hope you smile and wave when you see a firefighter, whether here in the Clearwater area, or wherever you are.
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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 21, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Fire & Rescue: Everyday Heroes

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Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Fire & Rescue Everyday Heroes
I had the good fortune to stop by the Clearwater Fire Department's Station 48 this past Monday. While I was there I met a couple of terrific fire fighters, Mark and the Lieutenant. I had simply asked if I could take some pictures of the fire truck, and they went out of their way to give me any information I needed and do whatever would help me with my photographic mission.

So I got a number of nice pictures of their baby, Engine 48. What a machine! I mean, these things seem big when you are on the road next to them, but they get even bigger when you are on foot right next to it!

It was a pleasure to meet these men who risk their lives for us all, fighting fires and rescuing us from whatever trouble we have gotten into. I just wish I had asked, is it fire house or fire station? Is it fire truck or fire engine? And is it CFD for Clearwater Fire Department, or CFR for Clearwater Fire & Rescue?

But I will be stopping by again some time, with my good camera, to get more pictures. Hopefully, I will remember those questions next time! Stayed tuned for more pictures from this more recent visit.

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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!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Pro Tools: "Tools For The Professional"

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Clearwater, Florida: Pro Tools: Tools For The Professional
If you are a working mechanic here in Clearwater, you might have seen this truck before. The Pro Tools truck travels around to the various car repair shops in the area making it convenient for automotive mechanics to replace tools or upgrade their selections.
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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!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Livin On Gulftime... The Good Life!

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Clearwater, Florida: Livin On Gulftime... The Good Life!
I used to live in a place where there was an island called Whidbey Island. The rumor was that everyone on Whidbey Island worked kind of slow, like life was good, and there was no need to mess it up by being in a hurry. So people would say so-and-so is "working on Whidbey time", to say he was taking his own sweet time.

I was instantly reminded of Whidbey Time when I saw this motto about Gulftime. I was in Clearwater, on the main road that takes one out to Clearwater Beach. Sure enough, there it was, in 'livin' color in front of me: "Livin on Gulftime". I like it. Let's all just slow down and enjoy life for a bit, and remember how wonderful it can all be... it seems to say. Let's all just get along, and enjoy life, like living on the Gulf Of Mexico. What about you, ready for a switchover to Gulftime?

Later this week: Everyday Heroes
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Monday, February 18, 2008

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I was going to describe this as a picture of the bridge from two days ago, framed by a line of beautiful crepe myrtle trees. But in truth, it is a picture of a beautiful line of crepe myrtle trees, that just happens to have the bridge of two days ago in the background. :) Marketing?

This shot was taken at the Long Center Recreation Complex, and the whole idea of the picture was to capture the textures and colors of the crepe myrtle trees' bark (click the pic to see it larger). I love that bark. Svelte is a word that comes to mind when I see it.
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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!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Coachman Park Open Air Torture Chambers

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Clearwater, Florida: Coachman Park Open Air Torture Chambers Racquetball Courts
In Clearwater, if you have been a bad person, and feel as though you should be punished, here is a place you can go and be punished even as you enjoy the fresh outside air and sunshine. For purposes of PR and PC, they refer to them as racquetball courts. But they are not fooling me. I know they fool some people, but they are not fooling me. In fact, they made them even more deviously evil and painful by not enclosing the back end of the 'court'. This way, every time you miss the little blue ball of pain, it does not get caught by the 'backstop', it rolls down to the fence, and you have to run after it. Oy, the agony of it all.
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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!
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