View from the Top of Belleair Bridge

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After walking up to the top of Belleair causeway bridge, I crossed all the lanes late at night and took a few shots of the houses and peninsulas coming close to the bridge.

Also there is an ugly photo of the bridge rising itself.  It was challenging to do as the night was totally dark and the lights were too bright.

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ISO 500, F/4.5, 6 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 500, F/4.5, 6 sec, 58 mm Lens

ISO 500, F/4.5, 1.5 sec, 75 mm Lens

ISO 500, F/4.5, 1.5 sec, 75 mm Lens

ISO 500, F/4.5, 0.7 sec, 50 mm Lens

ISO 500, F/4.5, 0.7 sec, 50 mm Lens

 

 

 

Surprise at the Belleair Dock

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When I was walking around the Belleair Causeway Bridge, I looked back down at the docks where I had parked.  The boat ramps are visible and in the distance over the intercoastal waterway was Clearwater and Clearwater Beach with its bridges.  I had walked out on the piers of the docks you see here and I expected to see nothing. When all the way out on the dock at this late hour of the night with no one else around I had quite the scare.  I had gone to the end and peered over into the black water with the lights above me shining into the water when suddenly next to me was a huge noise of water and air like an explosion…  Of all things, it was a dolphin that came up right next to me in the water some 4 feet away and “blew” air and water out of his spout and got me wet.  I never saw him until after, and it scared me because it was so close and unexpected and loud.  I could almost hear him laughing as I am sure he did it on purpose for fun. LOL

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ISO 500, F/4.5, 10 sec, 28 mm Lens

ISO 500, F/4.5, 10 sec, 28 mm Lens

Belleair Bridge at Night

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I was driving back to the Gulf Coast in Florida one night and decided to stop on the Belleair bridge to see what was going on there.  They had a huge parking lot for the docks there and there was not a single car in there.  It was a toll lot which seemed silly in the middle of the night with no cars but me and 300 empty spots so I walked away with no toll ticket.  I thought twice and deposited my $1 toll and got a ticket and put it on the dash and took my camera and tripod and walked across the mile + long bridge.  When I was at the top I saw a police car pull in and I saw him stop and check my ticket.  When I walked to the farthest side I could see two more times the police stop and check my car for a toll ticket.  I am glad I got the ticket even though it seemed silly.  The speed limit on this new wide bridge is only 30 mph so it made it easier to walk across the lanes.

This view is just as you cross up the ramp to the bridge itself:

ISO 500, F/4.5, 1.5 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 500, F/4.5, 1.5 sec, 24 mm Lens

Outside Florida Office Building

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Here are some views of the outside of the Florida Office building.  I love the way lots of Florida architecture use palm trees to accent the structures.  Palm trees still seem exotic and tropical to me.  I also like the color of the glass they chose on this building and how it contrasts with the color of the sky.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/800 sec, 28 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/800 sec, 28 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/640 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/640 sec, 35 mm Lens

 

Florida Office Building

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What do you do when you are waiting at the Doctor Office for results or appointment?  Read magazines or newspapers, or read the news on your smartphone?  No!  Take photos with your big camera as there are many interesting shapes, patterns and architecture.  You just have to be careful not to take shots of patients, nurses or doctors because of HIPAA privacy rules.

Here is an interior view of one office.  I loved the wood ceiling and the shadow patterns from the windows of green flint glass.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/30 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/30 sec, 24 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/20 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/20 sec, 40 mm Lens

 

Fisheye Red Berry Plant

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I went out along the beach road on the Gulf Coast of Florida and walked and was amazed as usual by the variety of plants and lush vegetation out there.  Perhaps its the constant sunshine and humidity they have?  I had my Fisheye lens on so to take this image I had to get right on top of the berries.

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Pink Flower in Florida

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When I was last in Florida, I shot a few flower shots.  This variety of plant had mostly white flowers and was all over that month, but this particular one had unusual pink blossoms.  This was taken with a 8-15 mm L Fisheye lens that caused some distortion fun especially on the edges.

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ISO 200, F/8, 1/125 sec, 13 mm Lens

ISO 200, F/8, 1/125 sec, 13 mm Lens

Antique Firetruck Pinellas Suncoast

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This is an older Firetruck at a festival on the Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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ISO 100, F/9, 1/320 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/320 sec, 32 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 35 mm Lens

ISO 100, F/9, 1/125 sec, 35 mm Lens

 

Peacock at the City of 10,000 Buddhas

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As we were walking around in the City of 10,000 Buddhas there were many peacocks walking around freely.  While walking by this dorm, a male peacock passed a female and finally I got to see one open up its tail feathers.  He suddenly popped up his tail feathers near this doorway and vibrated them.  I never knew they did that.  It sounded like someone with a large fan vibrating against a shutter. It was relatively loud.  He was so preoccupied by the female that he let me walk up quite close to him.  The female of course totally ignored him.

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ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/90 sec, 36 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/90 sec, 36 mm Lens

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/90 sec, 36 mm Lens,  Closer Crop

ISO 400, F/6.7, 1/90 sec, 36 mm Lens, Closer Crop

 

Buddhist Monk

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At the City of 10,000 Buddhas near Ukiah, California, they had a nice restaurant there and of course it was completely vegan as they are all vegetarians.  I heard it was famous and good and so we stopped in there early for lunch and were lucky to get a table.  The food was incredibly good and all cooked and served by monks.  This particular nice monk was telling me about the City of 10,000 Buddhas and I snuck this shot.  I asked him if he ever got out (1/2 mile) to the little city of Ukiah nearby and he said he had been there for 23 years and had never found the need to leave the campus as it had all he needed in the world.

ISO 1250, F/6.7, 1/90 sec, 40 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/6.7, 1/90 sec, 40 mm Lens

What did they serve there? I took some quick photos of the food because it was so unusual.  I swore the dishes had chicken in them, but they laughed and said that no it was all vegan:

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Eggplant dish

Eggplant dish

 

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