Week 9 – # 27 Quaint and Quirky

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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.

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The Fire Fighter Dog

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

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

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

 

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

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

Week 7 – #18 Movie Title

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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 :

http://www.southfloridamuseum.org/ThePlanetarium/ShowSchedule.aspx

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