Saturday, May 24, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Rites Of Parenthood: School Concert

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Clearwater, Florida: Rites Of Parenthood: School Concert
A typical parenthood event, yes? The inevitable school concert. From some perspectives it might seem a boring chore indeed. But color your world with even the slightest flavor of parenthood, and you would think it was a Hollywood Premier! It was a hoot! We went to support a good family friend, or rather the young child of a good family friend, and we had a great time.

I was happy to bring the pocket camera in case I could get a good shot, and came home with a card full of still shots and short videos.

This was a really great time for me. You could say I did not come by parenthood honestly, but rather through love and marriage, as opposed to biology. The family I married into now has 2 children by birth, and at least one by 'friendship-adoption'. (That's when the childhood friend of one child becomes an additional child of the family) In addition, there are now 5 grandchildren, plus the child of the 'adopted' child, so I guess more like 6 grandchildren. Wow, is my world full or what!
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Friday, May 23, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Muffler Shop - A Classic

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Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Muffler Shop - A Classic
After careful consideration, I have decided that... there is NOTHING I can do to follow up after that Iris shot yesterday... so here is a muffler shop.

But really, it's not just any old, ugly muffler shop. To me, this is a classic looking shop from a time gone by.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Sarasota Road Trip: Selby Gardens

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Clearwater, Florida: Sarasota Road Trip: Selby Gardens
ROAD TRIP!!!

DW and I stole a day recently and headed south, over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, to Sarasota. The mission target: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. What a gorgeous place. The flowers, the shrubbery, the landscaping... it was awesome. Did I mention the orchids? And on and on and on.

We both enjoyed seeing all the beautiful flowers, including this incredible Iris. It's times like this when I say "WOW, I love my Nikon!" With the size of the original file, there is a good chance that this picture may end up as a poster on the wall.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Real Estate: 1115 Woodside Ave.

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Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Real Estate: 1115 Woodside Ave.
By way of a sampling of the Clearwater Real Estate market, I present 1115 Woodside Ave. This house has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and about 2100 square feet of heated living space. It is on the market for US$ 199,900. "just a little TLC will bring it to its full potential".

We had a look through this house to see what it was like. Not too bad. The former owner made a number of nice improvements. Sadly, it seems as though he only tackled the easier projects. Both of the original bathrooms still date to the 1950's, as does the kitchen. In addition, about two thirds of the two car garage was taken over for a home office setup, so the remaining garage space is only 9'x20'.

It has lots of nice closet space, and big rooms. The backyard shows potential to be a nice private space, once you replace the entire fence, clean out the weeds, figure out the sprinklers, and tune out the neighboring dogs. All in all, it has the potential to be a great house for a family of four.
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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, May 20, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Ft Harrison And Cleveland Starbucks

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Clearwater, Florida: Ft Harrison And Cleveland Starbucks
Starbucks Coffee in Clearwater! Does this mean we are on the map now? I really don't know how long that Starbucks Coffee shop has been there, on the corner of Ft. Harrison Avenue and Cleveland Street, but I am sure it was a welcome addition for many people in the area.

The City of Clearwater is working hard on a downtown revitalization program, and I would think Starbucks could only help matters. Not being a coffee drinker, I am not sure just how much of a splash they made when they arrived. This is a somewhat major intersection, in terms of a small downtown area like this.
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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!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Sylvan Abbey Cemetery & Funeral Home

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Clearwater, Florida: Sylvan Abbey Cemetery & Funeral Home Graveyard
More drive-by photography. Here is Sylvan Abbey, which has been around as long as I can remember, and I suspect much longer. This is a huge cemetery in Clearwater, and I think they have more than one location, in fact.

I wonder if coming back to work after a week long vacation has anything to do with posting a photo of a cemetery on the same day. Hmmm... Well, anyway, I hope you know I mean it in the best way when I say: 'Happy Monday!'
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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Traffic Control Directional Arrow

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Clearwater, Florida: Traffic Control Directional Arrow Rules
When I first uploaded this photo of a traffic control arrow painted on the street at an intersection, I was thinking about life's directional choices and all that. But then my day went a different direction, and with it, my mind.

So when I look at this arrow now, I see control mechanisms. Control mechanisms that seek to control me. I see restraints and oppression. Yes, a bit melodramatic, but maybe I've had too much sugar today. :D

So here's a question for you... Do you see rules such as speed limits as strict controls that you obey completely, or more like suggestions that you can choose to ignore as it suits you?
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