Saturday, August 23, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Sad, Neglected Lawn

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Clearwater, Florida: Sad, Neglected Lawn Landscaping
This is Florida. We love the green lawns, we love the lush landscape. But these things require lots of water, and sometimes, lots of attention. (Xeriscaping reduces a lot of these needs.)

The problem is... it gets hot here, really hot, and humid. So it's not uncommon for people, as they get older or become less fit (for lack of a better way to put it), to live inside more and more, and go outside to their lawns less and less.

This was the back yard at a home for sale that I visited. You could tell that the owner had become one of those people staying inside, away from the humid heat of Florida. As a result, their lawn and landscaping had really gone downhill. It made me sad to 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!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Safely Ashore After Kayaking Tampa Bay

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Clearwater, Florida: Safely Ashore After Kayaking Tampa Bay Paddle
It was a wonderful paddle, a glorious day on the water, so sweet to come ashore and look back. What a restful, contented feeling after a trip like that.

If you are looking wistfully at this picture, wishing you could afford a kayak, stop wishing. Many places rent them quite inexpensively. I first rented an Old Town Dirigo 120 from Osprey Bay Outdoors, in Clearwater. Their rental program is quite reasonable, and they will put a portion of your rentals against the future purchase of a boat.
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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, August 20, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Kayaking Tampa Bay: Transmission Towers To Power Plant

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Clearwater, Florida: Kayaking Tampa Bay: Transmission Towers To Power Plant
A little further along in Tampa Bay, one comes to the place where the large power transmission lines cross over from the power plant. If you can look past all the greed and trouble they represent for a few minutes, you can see lots of interesting birds using these towers for homes. We spotted Pelicans, Cormorants, Seagulls, and Osprey.

And still, the water was amazingly smooth! These are the days I pray for while I am strapping in the kayaks, getting ready to leave the house. Please, please, mirror smooth water, a light breeze to cool us, and a chance to see the beauty of nature from up close!
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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, August 19, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Kayaking Along Tampa Bay Mangroves

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Clearwater, Florida: Kayaking Along Tampa Bay Mangroves
We are SOOO not done with the Tampa Bay kayaking photographs! It was too beautiful to post just one shot. Here DW is nearing the mangrove laden shoreline, watching all the activity just below the water's surface. It was amazing to see all the fins cutting through the water. We think they were mullet, but cannot be sure. No, not sharks.

It's amazing to see all the wildlife in the bay, in some places. It is not uncommon to see schools of 8 or 10 small stingrays at a time out there. And believe me, it is wonderful to see them in their natural element, gliding so gracefully along. Awesome!
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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, August 18, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Not Quite Calm Before The Not Quite Hurricane Fay

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Clearwater, Florida: Not Quite Calm Before The Not Quite Hurricane Tropical Storm Fay
This was so amazing to see in person, while drifting in our kayaks out on Tampa Bay last weekend. Just a little while earlier, the thick dark clouds had drifted overhead, briefly sprinkling us. The sound was so strange... I can't describe it, all the drops plopping into the water around us...

Strangely though, these clouds were not part of the Tropical Storm Fay system. But today, we have clouds, and they can only be said to have spun from Fay. Now we all watch and wait and plan and 'continge', holding our breath while Tropical Storm Fay bears ever closer. Will she become Hurricane Fay? Will she make it to hurricane strength? Stay tuned. Whatever comes of this approaching weather, I will be one of the dummies out there trying to get some cool pictures for my blog! :) Wish me luck!

Check out the links page for lots of good information about hurricanes, being prepared for them, evacuations, shelters, and more.
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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, August 17, 2008

Clearwater, Florida: Kayaking On Tampa Bay

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Clearwater, Florida: Kayaking On Tampa Bay
Almost Perfect... times TWO! Yes not just one morning this weekend spent kayaking on Tampa Bay, but two! The water was so smooth, and it was so still and quiet... perfect! Here we are, just getting started, looking out at the almost mirror like smooth water, so inviting. More pics to come!

We paddle Dirigo 120's, by Old Town Canoe. We got them both from our local outfitter, Osprey Bay Outdoors. They are not at all the top of the line, but they suit us just fine, and we enjoy them very much.
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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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