Saturday, June 14, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: They Are Waiting For You

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Clearwater, Florida: They Are Waiting For You Seagulls
It's Florida. They are waiting for you. They know you have food even before you do. What's more, they know you are going to throw them some before you do.

Don't laugh. They can hear you. They know what you are thinking. They can take you.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Clouds Over US HWY 19

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Clearwater, Florida: Clouds Over US HWY 19
Clouds, clouds, clouds... I can't seem to resist a picture of clouds. I have hundreds of pictures of clouds, at least! I think it would bore you to death to see them all... and yet I keep taking more.

This shot was snapped while driving south on US HWY 19. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME! I love how the sky is SOOO huge and makes all the cars and man-made stuff seem so small.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: "A Tree Grows In Westfield Mall"

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Clearwater, Florida: A Tree Grows In Westfield Mall
I know, I know... it's supposed to be A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. But hey, this is Florida, and I was at Westfield Mall, aka Countryside Mall.

I felt a kind of conspiratorial rebellion when I saw this captive palm tree actually putting out fruit, or seeds, while walking in the mall recently. How delightful to see nature resisting the oppression of man's containment!
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Cycling: It's A Sign Of The Times

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Clearwater, Florida: Cycling: It's A Sign Of The Times
What can I tell you, we were driving along, stopped at a light, and this gentleman rolled past on his bicycle. It was really almost a reflex to snap this shot of him. Okay, but yes, I did pause momentarily in the hopes he wouldn't see me. :)

I guess this will be an increasingly common sight... people on their bicycles, trying to get from point A to point B, without getting run over by a car, and without spending a fortune on gas!
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Landscaping Done Right: Xeriscaping

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Clearwater, Florida: Landscaping Done Right: Xeriscaping
This is more like it. Xeriscaping is a term that came out when we started worrying more about water. It refers to landscaping with plants that are native to the area, not so water thirsty, and can still be very beautiful.

This may not be the ultimate example of Xeriscaping, but I like that there is mulch, there are groundcovers, and planting of shrubbery. I can't be completely sure, but this seems to be a much better lawn in terms of water use and maintenance. And personally, I think it looks better than a vast expanse of neatly manicured grass.
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Monday, June 9, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Real Estate: Somewhat Typical Home

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Clearwater, Florida: Real Estate: Somewhat Typical Home
This is a somewhat typical Florida home. Well, I should say it is one of several typical styles that you might find in Florida. This home happens to be slightly upscale from many of our homes here.

But the thing to notice is the lawn. It is way too typical in that it consists mostly of very thirsty grass, with minimal plantings. Having large, thirsty expanses of lush lawn, always needing water, is not the way of the future.
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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Real Estate: Almost Home

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Clearwater, Florida: Real Estate: Almost Home
Okay, this is the WEIRDEST story. DW and I looked at this home just about 3 weeks ago. Maybe 4 maybe more, I don't remember... they all run together after a while. Anyway, the day we looked at it with the realtor, we were pretty fired up at first. It needed some work, but we were thinking it MIGHT be worth it.

So the realtor left us to walk around the back and front yards when we were done. While we stood in the backyard, we all of the sudden heard noise from the house to the right (when looking from the street). The people living there had come out with their dogs. Quite a few dogs. We had already been informed about the folks on that side by the folks on the other side. Not the greatest neighbors it sounded like. Oh well...

But when the dogs and all the people came out, and it seemed so noisy, then the dogs from behind... well, we realized we were looking for a more quiet place.

THEN!!! Last night on the news, we saw a story, and there was the house we had been looking at, the one in the picture above. Turns out that the police were called to the house next door, and then the HAZMAT team, and the BOMB SQUAD, and DCF! HUH?

Yeah, some 18-year-old in the house was busted. They found drugs, guns, dangerous chemicals, and then they took a child out of the house for living in deplorable conditions. OH MY! Did we ever feel like we dodged a bullet on that one!
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