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Scouting

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I was scouting out locations for an upcoming photo shoot next week; I visited a local beach park suggested by a friend and I was pleasantly surprised. The park is small but offers ample opportunity for great photographs. There is a beach area with a nice high sandy seawall, a couple of narrow docks, benches, small re-servable pavilions, grassy nooks, and crisp white sparkling sand. Wild sea oats and yellow flowers grow randomly in small patches near the seawall.

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A trio of kids playing there caught my lens. They were walking and hiding from each other in the grassy patches.

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while their mother sat nearby at the shore line with an infant in her arms. I took way too many pictures of these kids and truly regret not having gotten the mother’s contact information so I could get these images to her. They were great!

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Kids at Play Gallery

Along my journey to find cool shooting spots and just a few minutes from major highways, and urban life, I found a secluded  place  where my imagination ran wild. My mind wasted no time transforming this locale into a myriad of mystical scenes.

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The area is thick with trees making it an ideal spot for playful poses, and whimsical compositions.

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It is absolutely secluded, as I believe the property is up for sale. What a shame that some corporate purchase will transform this delightful place into yet another cookie-cutter extension of the cement jungle.

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The way the light filters through the trees adds interest and mystique.

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The shadows cast as a result of this affect are dramatic and can be used to effect the mood of the final photograph.  I can’t wait to place my subject in this setting and let my lens play with the images. 

Images posted below:)

Shooting at Safety Harbor and Philippe Park

I am always surprised when I think I know everything about a sight that I’ve visited often, and then find historical data I knew nothing about.


Who knew Odet Philippe invented the GRAPEFRUIT? Yes, invented, that’s what CULTIVATED means. It wasn’t here before him because the Grapefruit is a hybrid! He also is credited with introducing CIGARS to Tampa???? Really? I thought the Cubans did that…LOL! Viva La France!!


It’d been a while since I visited this  area and I was impressed with how little things have changed.

Other than the Kapok Tree Restaurant being gone, and Safety Harbor Spa taking it’s place,


and a few new art shops. . .

Like “Funks Way!” (note the play on “Feng Shui“) Anyway, little else has changed.

Funks Way’s cool eclectic benches!

We really enjoyed visiting the local eateries, and had lunch at the Athen’s Restaurant.


The staff is marvelous, and the food authentically good! We had Gyros and hot Baklava, and the best Iced tea.

And, after all the walking you are sure to do, treat yourself to a sweet delight here.

Or stop here to quench your thirst.

Everything is as I remember it.

Quaint, cozy, and friendly.

There always seems to be some artsy event taking place. On this trip we happened upon a Birthday Celebration for the United States Marines,

Yes, more food,

All kinds of people, and plenty of vendors selling their wares . . .

Sailing Yachts to make you dream . . .
Prepping for Photos!

The Pin-Up Girls of Pin-Ups America were great!!!

The Park seemed smaller than I remember, but I didn’t venture into the bicycle trails, I just stayed close to the bay.

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