Buttonwood Sundown

A few years back, after a couple of hours on the road coming back from Key West and being hungry, I turned into the driveway at Bayside Grille in Key Largo which looks out northwest toward Buttonwood Sound and Swash Keys. After a nice meal it seemed like a good opportunity to stroll around and see what the sights might be. The Grille restaurant was on the second floor and after a few shots there, …

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Sedona’s Enchantment

I still remember the feeling I had driving toward Sedona on Highway I-17 going north from Phoenix, leaving around midday and making some stops along the way. It was a beautiful bright day, somewhat cool, and it was so very different from what I am used to in south Florida where the farthest you can see is maybe a mile or two due to the flatness and vegetation. Moving around in Arizona always produced a feeling …

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“See America” Posters

Article as posted 29 Jun 2014 (updated below): Back in the early 1930’s for a span of about 10 years toward the end the Great Depression, the federal government tried to find ways to get people working. One of the actions taken in 1933, as part of the New Deal under Franklin D. Roosevelt, was to create the Works Progress Administration (WPA). There were many modifications made to the WPA in 1939 and the name changed to Work Projects Administration. The WPA had many programs …

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Arizona’s Wide Open Spaces

A trip late last year for a conference in Arizona allowed me to visit places everyone should see when spending time in that beautiful state. Although I was there for nine days I quickly found out there is so much to see that it was not even enough time for the few places I did visit. This will be the first of a few installments about Sedona, the Grand Canyon, and a National Historic Landmark in Tucson, Mission San Xavier del Bac. …

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Bimini BGC and Guy Harvey Outpost

  While doing some research on Alice Town in the Biminis, I came across information on the Bimini Big Game Club (BBGC) which I was somewhat familiar with since I had spent time there a couple of years back while staying at the Bimini Bay Resort (the following image is one of the Bimini Bay marinas), a much newer resort further north on North Bimini.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II: banding/pattern noise problem

  Article as posted 4 Jun 2012 (there are 2 updates below):  The images below are downsized photos from my Canon EOS 5D Mark II . But they had a problem! You might have come across this problem which I recently researched. There were  some interesting discussions 2 to 3 years back and even some more recently, including some related to the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III, but I didn’t find anything that seemed to resolve …

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TPC San Antonio, home of the Valero Texas Open

  Original Article 24 Jun 2012 (there is 1 update below):  I had the opportunity to stay at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in December of 2011, which is the setting for TPC San Antonio, including the AT&T Oaks Course where they play the Valero Open. From what I saw firsthand of the golf course, which I’ll admit wasn’t much, nothing looked easy on this course.  

Downtown Clarksville and the Roxy

  Original Article (there are 2 updates below): It’s been several years since I took the picture below and much longer since I had been downtown and at the Roxy Theater before that, in fact, going back to my college days at Austin Peay State University.  The theater looked the same but the lot next to it didn’t, mostly because there was no mural in those days and if my memory serves me right, there was a …

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My Image, “Tugs”, Was Purchased Today

  Today, after working very hard for many weeks to move my content to Fine Arts America and setting up the galleries, a buyer from Puerto Rico purchased the image “Tugs”, below. This was a metal print, at 20 x 30 inches, which should look very nice wherever the buyer chooses to hang it. I haven’t finished moving all the images and I have many more to add so there is still a lot of work to do. Please …

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I’ve moved my site

  I’ve moved my site to a new host and will soon move my store to a new provider.  In the process of moving my blog, most of the posts that I published over the last few months now have broken links, both on Facebook and Twitter. Over the next few days I’ll republish these articles. Maybe some of you never saw them and you might be able to find them now. If you do …

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The Scimitar-horned Oryx

  While travelling in Texas between Austin and San Antonio a few years back, I decided to take back roads to see what there was in the area. This area of Texas is somewhat dry with rolling hills and rough terrain. Along the way on Highway 281 there was a housing development which, from the outside, looked somewhat interesting. So I drove past the gates, partly up a hill, and was confronted with a small herd of about …

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Lincoln Center, Miami Beach, and why did I take this picture?

  Usually, you look over an area and you might like something about it, a bridge, the color of a sky, a feature of a building, etc. So you try to find the right angle or the way to highlight a feature or, well, there are lots of reasons to take a picture. But sometimes, I don’t know why I take a picture, or more precisely, why I take the picture I take. As in the …

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Arch in Glass, the Espirito Santo Plaza Building, Miami

  If you go anywhere near downtown Miami go south a little on US1/Brickell Avenue and you will pass the Espirito Santo Plaza building, North American headquarters for the Espirito Santo Bank. It’s got a grand entrance but, to me, its best feature is the concave glass arch high above. You can have a better appreciation if you’re a few blocks away as in the following image. The arch symbolizes the gateway to Latin America, similar to …

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How to get a picture of a girl at the beach

  First, you drive more than an hour out of your way to find the lighthouse you thought was a few minutes off the highway (I-75, near Boca Grande, Florida). You then spend another hour or so looking the area over, including the lighthouse, actually a lighthouse and a light tower, and then finding a chapel, all part of Gasparilla Island State Park. After you’re ready to go and somewhat tired (walking around the dunes, …

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Coral Gables Lighthouse?

  The first time I saw it was during my college days, a while back, and at that time I didn’t have a camera. It would have been interesting to see what had changed about the water tower since that time. But it’s very beautiful and interesting architecture, especially for a water tower. In fact, when I first saw it, I thought it was a lighthouse. It was a glimpse driving by but it stuck …

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