Saturday, May 31, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Transportation: We All Have To Get Around Somehow!

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Clearwater, Florida: Transportation: We All Have To Get Around Somehow!
City bus, economy car, bicycle, or even walking... we all have to get around somehow. How do you get around?

If you look closely, in front of the bus, there is a bicyclist on the sidewalk... more on that later.
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Friday, May 30, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Real Estate: Some Homes Come With Partial Pond Ownership

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Clearwater, Florida: Real Estate: Some Homes Come With Partial Pond Ownership
This is part of the bank of a pond in Clearwater, Florida. If you buy the house across the street, out of view to the right, you also own a pie-shaped piece of this pond. It comes to a point in the middle of the pond. You would share ownership with about 16 other homeowners around the pond. Neat, isn't it? Well, except when you all have to pitch in to pay for the Lake Doctor to come out and take care of the pond. Oh well.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: It's A Bilingual World

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Clearwater, Florida: It's A Bilingual World
How much longer will English be the language of the majority? Does it matter? What does it mean to you?

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Steak & Ale: All Gone!

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Clearwater, Florida: Steak & Ale: All Gone!
There used to be a Steak & Ale restaurant here. DW and I would eat here once in a while. Then the quality of the experience started to decline sharply.

The next thing we noticed... a big empty lot where the Steak & Ale used to be. Wow, is that disposable or what?
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Selby Gardens Thorny Break

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Clearwater, Florida: Selby Gardens Thorny Break
I forget the name of this tree, but I love the look of it. Yes, it makes me wince when I think of an ill placed hand or knee, but wow, what a look.

If you click on it for the larger image, you get a better 'feel' for it. I snapped this formidable looking beauty when DW and I were taking a day to decompress at Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota recently. Way cool.
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Monday, May 26, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Real Estate: Short Sale

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Clearwater, Florida: Clearwater Real Estate: Short Sale
It is a rough market in Real Estate right now. At least, if you are selling. There are lots of fine homes for sale on the market here right now. Many are listed at prices close to the high they hit recently. That would be good for the sellers...

Enter the Short Sale. I have been learning about these lately. Here is a scenario that might explain it simply: A homeowner has gotten to the point that they cannot pay their mortgage. Perhaps they were laid off, or perhaps they got a mortgage with an adjustable rate that they cannot afford now. So they are going to lose their home. Well, they decide to sell, and they talk to the bank. The bank agrees to let them sell if for some amount 'short' of what is owed on it. Hence a short sale is born.

I have been researching lately, and found homes that sold for over $225,000 in the last 24 months, that are on the market for $199,000 or less, even though the owner still owes close to $225,000! Yeah, can you say 'bizarre'! As you can imagine, this puts downward pressure on housing prices throughout the area. Finally, a break in the insane housing inflation of the past several years. Greed is coming back to bite us all in our collective ass!
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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, May 25, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Sawgrass Lake Park: Baby Alligators!

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Clearwater, Florida: Sawgrass Lake Park: Baby Alligators!
I was reminded recently that I had mentioned posting pictures of these baby gators when I posted a picture of their mother, back on the 6th of this month. So I am getting caught up in this post. On a recent field trip to Sawgrass Lake Park, we had great luck spotting these alligators and other wildlife.

If you look closely, you can see four baby gators in this picture. They were about a foot long each, and every once in a while one of them would make that little grunting/mewing sound they make to talk to their mother. If you click the picture above you will see an image twice as large. If you want to see a really big version of the picture, click here.
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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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