Week 52 – #2 A Song Title

The last entry in this 52 week photo challenge –   Cheeseburger in Paradise – by Jimmy Buffet

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But at night I’d have these wonderful dreams
Some kind of sensuous treat.
Not zucchini, fettuccini, or bulgur wheat,
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat.

Cheeseburger is paradise.
Heaven on earth with an onion slice.
Not too particular, not too precise.
I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer         ( ok you can leave these out – I don’t drink)
Well, good god Almighty which way do I steer

For a cheeseburger in paradise
Makin’ the best of every virtue and vice.
Worth every damn bit of sacrifice
To get a cheeseburger in paradise;
To be a cheeseburger in paradise.
I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.

Please note – that was only sections of the lyrics – but credit to Jimmy Buffet.

And for those of you who know me – that was with a point and shoot ( I am breaking down boundaries here lol)  so the burger is not as much in focus as I really wanted to show the river, the tiki tables, the boats, bridge and scenery – aka paradise.  But the tomato, lettuce and onion are very prominent on that toasted bun. But don’t take that to mean the burger was not good- it was yummy.

Now credit needs to go to the maker of the cheeseburger –  to Woody’s River Roo at 5717 18th St E, Ellenton, FL.  This is a little bar and grill that hugs the Manatee river on the north east side of the river next to the I75 bridge.  There is a place for boaters to slide right up so not just for us landlubbers.  That big red lollipop is actually a sign that says – there is always a full moon over Woody’s River Roo.  

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Now I like their grouper sandwich, but for the blog – I had a cheeseburger (in paradise)  which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Thank you for following this 52 week photo challenge.  I hope I entertained you with some different interpretations or views of other places this year.

A whole new 52 week photo challenge starts next week – with all photographs that were taken after August 1 only, so all new themes and new adventures to begin next week. And now I don’t have work to get in my way.

Week 51 – #18 I had a Dream

OK, now before I start – I already know that I am warped when it comes to dreams.  But, here goes.  My dream had me back on my grand parents farm in Massachusetts – why – because yesterday, I went with the West Coast Camera Club Meetup group to Tampa Bay Salvage Company – which is an Architectural Salvage company located at 7o0 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL.  After seeing so many items from my childhood – some restored and others laying in bins waiting  to be found, I dreamed of the farm and things I used to do back when I was a child.  My marbles were kept in a little what would be now called a vintage tin. 140719_IMG_5904_6_7D

Ahh Marbles – and a whole jar of cat’s eyes..what I would have given for that back then….140719_IMG_6035_7_7D

Radio Flyer – though this model was well after my time in a wagon……(no comments needed on that one…)


Oh now, that treadle stand that belonged on sewing machine is now a base for a sink.  And finally –


the old meat grinder.  Oh many hours did I stand swinging that crank arm around our meat grinder – that was clamped onto the kitchen table.

It was such a tme with no fast food places and when you sewed or at least repaired your own clothes, and toys were played with the imagination of the child – no  electricity or electronics involved – a sting and a couple of marbles or a wild west wagon and you played outside until your mom called you in after dark.    ohh such dreams.

So how many of you remember these items?



Week 50 – #5 Bouncer

My entry for Bouncer –  from the Extreme Mud Wars held in Tampa Bay on 7/12 and 7/13.2014 mud war-10

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And just in case you think this was only men – the ladies had the opportunity to do belly bumpers as well – 2014 mud war-42This is an event put on by Tampa Bay Club Sports.  Mud Wars has been a long-standing event put on every summer for the teens in the city’s rec center. It involves a team competition in 8 muddy & wet events. Now it’s open to adults! Portions of the proceeds benefit TASCO, St. Pete’s teen arts, sports, and technology program.

For the past couple of years I have gotten some really great photos from this event.  I never photographed the belly bumpers – and I should have.  Now you can see that these participants are not that dirty – yet.  This was their first event of the day.  They do have hoses with water running all day long so they can get cleaned up (sort of).  This mud is something else – you don’t want it on your clothes – because normal pre treatment will not get it out. This stuff is heavy duty and hours of soaking with something like oxi clean might work.

Week 49 – # 17 Holy Smoke!

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For the theme Holy Smoke – I am submitting this set of the Canadian Army Guard at the Halifax Citadel – formerly known as Fort George, firing the noon cannon.  It was completed in 1856, constructed to repel an attack by the United States.  This was the fourth Citadel.  The first fort was built in 1750.  It is located on the hill just above Halifax.

Although never attacked, Citadel Hill’s various fortifications continued to be garrisoned by the British Army until 1906 and afterward by the  Canadian Army throughout the First World War.  British forces upgraded Fort George’s armaments to permit it to defend the harbour as well as land approaches, using heavier and more accurate long-range artillery. Fort George’s two large ammunition magazines also served as the central explosive store for Halifax defences.  The walls are built to hold 72 guns.

One of the most recognized symbols of Citadel Hill’s role in shaping Halifax is the year-round daily ceremonial firing of the noon gun.

As you can see, the smoke starts off just a cloud but then, even in very little wind the smoke blows back to cover the two guards.  So Holy Smoke comes to mind – if you weren’t expecting the smoky cloud cover.  Glad they kept us off to the side.


Week 48 – # 50 Up Close

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Up Close – to a sunflower. I liked the almost heart shaped center.  The addition of the bug(s) were just topping.  This is another flower from the Sweetfield Farms.  I didn’t want to do a macro shot, but wanted to be up close to the flower and show the detail without using a macro lens.  I did center in on the center of the flower and did not worry about cutting off the petals.  And no, I did not take out the imperfections in the petals – it is nature.

Week 47 – # 36 Pretty Baby


36 - Pretty BabyI know someone else had already posted a sandhill crane for Pretty Baby and I had hoped to get some other critters for the subject, but that was not to be.  It still is a pretty baby.   As it was, my little chick was nearing the end as you can see the grey was already starting.  I converted the photo to black and white and then just let the color of the chick and the parents red head crests to stay.

In doing a little research, once the egg is laid, it is incubated for 30 days until it hatches.  The chicks reach independence in 9 to 10 months and will only stay with their parents for about 2 months prior to  the parents having another brood. After leaving their parents they flock together with other juveniles.


Week 46 – # 34 Passage Ways

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There is a attraction in Akaroa, New Zealand called “The Giant’s House”.  The artist is Josie Martin and she purchased this house which was built in the 1800s.  She had the hillside next to the house terraced so she could put in a garden and they found lots of broken porcelain pieces from the 17 – 1800s buried there.  She took those pieces and a lot more and created this larger than life wonder garden of mosaics.  Her art sculptures decorate the gardens.  These are two of the stairways in the gardens.

There is an art gallery on the property as well.  She is a very creative artist.  Please check out her page –    http://www.thegiantshouse.co.nz/default.asp?page=josie


Week 45 – #38 Ready for a book cover


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I am not ready to write my own book, but if I were, the title would be – “Sunny Outlook – from a Pessimist’s point of view”.  There are days that I am a glass half empty type of person.  Having worked for companies that were sold, I have had to deal with the moving of companies, and  down sizing ( commonly called Restructuring).  My work in Information Technology is logical but very stressful.   I use photography to help me keep a Sunny Outlook and remember there is still a glass half full.

As a side note – the sunflowers are from Sweetfield Farms in Masaryktown, FL.  They have a sunflower maze around May, and a corn maze in the fall.  They sell organic vegetables as well.  Unfortunately, with the storms we have been having the past week, a large part of the sunflower maze was knocked down due to the wind or the water which flooded part of the maze.  There were still flowers standing but not a lot in a cluster for the type of photograph I was hoping for.  Next year need to check them out in early May.

More on Sunflowers.  I read that Native Americans planted sunflowers on the north end of their gardens.  Sunflowers can be used to remove some toxins from the soil, such as lead, arsenic and uranium.  They were used to remove caesium-137 and strontium-90 from a nearby pond after the Chernobyl disaster.  Sunflower products include the seeds, oil, latex (yes they can get latex from sunflowers), and the oil made from the husks for livestock feed.     Sunflower heads do not follow the sun across the sky – but you might notice young plants seem to be doing this, it is just as the head grows it turns towards the east – adult plants do not.  But the head will point East.  Yes – East.  There are wild varieties that have more than 1 flower head, but the ones we usually recognize only have 1 flower head.  The tallest recorded sunflower was 27 feet (8.23 m).  Wow think of what was needed to keep it upright.

The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas and the national flower of the Ukraine.  Van Gogh did a series of paintings with the subject of Sunflowers.


Week 43 – #31 Out of Control

31 Out of Control-231 Out of ControlLet me introduce the Gannets – one of the most uncoordinated birds.  These seabirds are known for their diving abilities and their ability to fish.   Gannets can dive from a height of 30 meters, achieving speeds of 100 km/h as they strike the water, enabling them to catch fish much deeper than most airborne birds.  They are large black and white birds with yellow heads.   The central tail feathers are also black. The head is yellow, with a pale blue-grey bill edged in black, and blue-rimmed eyes, long pointed wings that are closely related to the boobies.  And though they might be great divers but they are not very good landers.  They fly in with their legs and feet up, and then they basically just roll forward smacking their face into the ground.  Try as I may, I always managed to have another Gannet in the way of getting that face smack down.  But I did get partial landing.

They breed in colonies and these were taken at Cape Kidnappers near Hawke’s Bay in New Zealand.  It is known as one of the only mainland colony with the others all off shore.  It is a protected area helping the Gannets to restore the population.  We were able to get right up to the colony.  There were even a couple of benches, where I sat with my camera and tripod to enjoy watching the young ones prepare to fly and the adults taking off and landing.

Say Hello to my Lil’ Friend.

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