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 48 – # 28 Natural Beauty

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Since I was asked to post in a separate challenge 3 flower images a day I went to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida to capture some of the interesting flowers in bloom there in early June.  And since you are used to me posting multiple images in my posts because I see so much to meet these themes – here is a collage of a few of them – all Natural Beauties.

Week 22 – # 5 Butterflies And/Or Bees

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My entry for Butterflies.  I can’t tell you which variety they are, but they are colorful and they pose nicely for me to get a photo. No chasing after them waiting until they open their wings.

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Tonight Diane and I  took a drive up to Largo to the Florida Botanical Gardens.  We arrive just before the sun set and we started walking around the gardens.  The gardens host Holiday Lights.  As we started walking around, the lights were slowly showing. The sky was getting darker and the gardens came alive with lights.

If you have not been, this is a nice place to walk around and will be available even on Christmas Day.
Holiday Lights in the Gardens every evening. In addition to laser lights, flora and fauna displays and decorated trees, a seven-foot gingerbread house with more than 600 lights, a 3-foot tall white swan and a five-foot tropical parrot have been added to the tradition array of light-lines paths with nightly free entertainment and visits from Santa Claus.

They have entertainment, with snack foods and hot chocolate.
Nov. 28, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2014
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
$4 donation
(13 and older)

   12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33774
(727) 582-2100


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Here is a view of the cactus garden.

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And to all of you – Happy Holidays.