Photography Challenge with Sue Karski

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Week 9 – # 27 Quaint and Quirky




Whimseyland.  In Safety Harbor, FL, is a couple of houses, that are known as Whimseyland, or  the Bowling Ball House.

There are bowling balls that have been painted and have become part of the landscaping.  But it is not just bowling balls, there are glass bottles, metal structures and mosaics on the walkways and steps. Artists Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda own the houses and decorate them.  They asked a number of artists to join in decorating the bowling balls, and now they are exhibited in a building they call the bowling ball museum on the property.


The Fire Fighter Dog


The Orange Tree

And look, after all this time, I found that elusive Y2K Bug  here!


And a pink and purple elephant (and I was not drinking…..yet)


When snow gets over 2 inches in FL _ to heck with no parking – I am leaving….



and oh no – the flamingos are flocking …. beware…

What a cute place and I just scratched the surface with these photos.


Week 8 – #24 Out of Bounds

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At a Tampa Rays baseball game, there is the running of the drinks – Pepsi, Pepsi Diet and Aquafina water.  They run on the side of the field, out of bounds in the part of the field that a hit ball would be called foul.


Week 7 – #18 Movie Title


The Day the Earth Stood Still – 1951  with Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Hugh Marlowe.

This is from the Bishop Planetarium Theater trip located in Bradenton at the South Florida Museum with Carmen Schettino. Carmen has worked with the museum to provide us access and we have the planetarium theater all to ourselves.  Carmen works with Howard, the planetarium theater operator who can pull in different planets and asteroids, and space craft to the digital full dome theater, then he provided instruction for our setups to photograph them.  Its a nice little trip.

The planetarium theater has the Digistar 5 dual Projection System with projectors that are more than three times as bright and twelve times crisper (higher contrast) than the previous projectors. The system allows for exploration of Earth through the use of 200 continually updated satellite datasets of our planet’s land, ocean, atmosphere and climate and live Bing and OnTerra views of the entire planet. They have stadium style seating and a digital 25,000 watt Dolby 5.1 surround sound system, and are capable of accommodating a wide range of programs, from lectures to film series to live performances. But first and foremost, the planetarium is a remarkable astronomy education resource, allowing visitors to explore their universe through traditional live star talks and immersive virtual journeys to the far reaches of the cosmos. They have shows that you can see. Check out their schedule at :

My settings were iso 200, f8, 13 sec exposure, at 77mm – using a tripod and a remote shutter control.


Week 6 – #33 Something with Wings

From the Florida Aquarium – rays and skates.  They look like they are flapping wings as they glide through the water.33 - Something with Wings-4

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Week 5 – #43 Tools of the Trade

In Heritage Village’s General Store there is a barber shop complete with all the tools of the trade that a barber would use.  43 - Tools of the Trade-1


Week 4 – # 39 Orton Effect

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I went to the Florida Botanical Garden in Largo to get this setting for trying this effect.  I had never heard of it, but I am always looking to learn new techniques.  Not necessarily new to the photographic community, but new to me.  This one has specific instructions for doing with a film camera, which I do not own any longer, but I did find the instructions for doing this in photoshop.  So here goes.

I can say it is not high on my list for something I would do, but there might be a use in the future.



Week 3 – #39 The Garage

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From Heritage Village in Largo, FL, here is The Garage. These are two working vehicles.  They take them out and drive them during the cooler months.  The first is, I believe, a Model T Ford car and this one is a truck.  Notice the J C Higgins water bag on the front of the car, so they would have water for the radiator.   Heritage Village is right next to the Florida Botanical Garden in Largo.


Week 2 – #50 White on White

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I bet you guessed that this was coming after the last post.  But seriously, how could I pass up on this one – with all the white on white at The Beach.  Since I did the images of people in the white balls, I did select to use the white balls versus other things at this event that would also fit this bill.


Week 1 – #52 With a Ball

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A new art exhibit has been setup inside the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida – its called The Beach.  15,000 square feet of the arena floor has been transformed with white walls, mirrored walls, and white floor. And filling this area is 1.2 million small white balls.  The back of the area is setup with beach chairs and white umbrellas, and a white Tiki Hut for concessions.  The floor slopes out to a center that is raised, but the area on three sides of it drop away where the balls become the “water”.  The kids (adults too) were “swimming” in the white balls, playing with inflatable rings and sharks, laughing and having a grand time.  Your visit to the beach is supposed to be about 45 minutes, and they limit the number of people in there for safety reasons.  There are lockers for you to put your personal belongings as if you drop something in the “water”  it will be days before it is found.

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52 - With a ball-8 52 - With a ball-9It was brought to Tampa by  Penny and Jeff Vinik.  The Beach was created by Snarkitecture, a New York-based architecture and design studio. After a lot of logistics, the Viniks were able to bring it to Tampa and share it with the Bay Area. Their goal is for people to enjoy the experience, see art in a different way, and have fun.

“Art has many definitions. Art can also be an immersive experience. [I am] so excited about doing this,” Jeff said. “Display a different definition of art, free for everyone in the community.”

Before you start thinking about the germs, Snarkitecture said not to worry. The plastic balls are protected with GermBLOCK, which, the makers say, protects people from 50 different kinds of bacteria.


It will be here from August 5 – 25th.  And its FREE.  You need to go online to get your tickets, and they will provide you with a free ice cream while you wait to go in and a parking validation for the nearby garage.  So what is not to like?  It is truly for all ages.

Here is the website – go – you will have fun.


Week 52 – #26 Mealtime

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Just a sampling of some of the foods (notice desserts outnumber everything else…….) from the meal times on the Avalon River Cruise.