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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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On February 19, 2011 I visited the Butterfly Exhibit at Gainnesville and photographed the afternoon release of male butterflies. These are amazing creatures that mesmerize with their beauty and their magical transformation from lowly caterpillars, into spectacular butterflies.

This is me shooting butterflies.

This black and white beauty is my favorite. He was magnificent against the pink and white flowers.

Photographing butterflies…