Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Seaside at The Gulf Coast

The Gallery quarter of Seaside, a picturesque neat little town at the Gulf

Pretty and tasteful architecture all over town

The post office in Seaside

Inviting nice beach chairs - come have a coffee with me, sit down please!

The way to the beach with dream colors in turquoise and blue

I'll bring more pictures about this paradise place at the Gulf coast, stay tuned!

my NEW FLORIDA CALENDARS 2009 are available now

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sanibel and Captiva Island Photos

High palm tree and Florida clouds

Beaches with white sand they look almost like snow :-)

Entrance to the beach

Some wildflowers are still growing in the hot sand

Lined up and waiting...

...and fighting too...

One has always his mouth loud and open

Red wildflowers on the way to the beach

Yellow wildflower - it looks almost like a wild "Black eyed Susan"

A pretty butterfly enjoys the nectar of that blue flower

This were the last pictures I made of Sanibal and Captiva Island. There will more photographs come from other places like the Panhandle of Florida and it's coast. Stay tuned... :-)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Visit to Captiva Island & Sanibel Island

Florida clouds and palm tree

Pelicans at Captiva Island fighting for food

A lonely fisher

A part of the beach at Captiva Island

The lighthouse of Sanibel Island

Single umbrella at the beach at Sanibel Island

Let's go to the beach...

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Storm over the Everglades

The old Alligator Alley Road - or Highway 41

These beautiful sun ray came up after the sun disappeared

Have you ever seen a cloud like this? It looks more like a U.F.O. for me

It was of course NOT a U.F.O. even I would love to see one, though

It was dark already like in the night - but it was only around 3 p.m.

Can you imagine how high this wall of clouds were and to see this strange formation of that little cloud coming up - it was just a overwhelming feeling and very exciting

A tropical storm silhouette

The last time we drove trough the Everglades to Naples, FL a BIG storm came up. Immediately, the sky got dark, scary lightning flashed and then, the rain poured. In seconds the road was flooded and we had to stop and wait until the worst was over.

Then it was a magic game of mother nature, fantastic to watch, something I will never forget!

There is only one Everglades in the World.

Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. The area boasts rare and endangered species, such as the American crocodile, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee. It has been designated an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site, and a Wetland of International Importance, in recognition of its significance to all the people of the world.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Visit to Tarpon Spring - The Greek Sponge Diver Village at the West Coast, Part II

New sponges are arrived in the harbor

They keep the sponges wet in this net after the catch

The sponges are sorted out to different nets

He has still a lot of work to do...

A colorful accent to the white boat

Fresh sponges, Ladies and Gentleman

Harbor scene in Tarpon Spring on a hot summer day

Harbor scene II

Old shrimp boats - Miss Suzanne, what a nice name...:-)

I would say it sounds very Greek, right? :-)

These are my last pictures from Tarpon Spring at Florida's west coast.
Stay tuned for more and new adventures to come.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A Visit to Tarpon Springs - A Greek Sponge Diver Village

Sponge diver boats in the harbor

Boat Detail and reflections

Typical Greek shops and great restaurants with identical Greek food in the main street

A small taste of Santorini?

Memorial in Tarpon Spring in honor to all the sponge divers who lost their lives in this dangerous profession.

The early sponge industry created a need for eating places at the Docks for the boat crews. Soon, as news of this unusual industry spread, people began to come to the Docks to see the sponges. Shops opened so that the tourists could purchase sponges and other souvenirs. The tourism industry blossomed in Tarpon Springs. Some of the original shops remain at the Docks today, owned by the same families that started them. Through the years more shops have opened, putting the number at well over 100 today. There are approximately fifteen restaurants in the Sponge Docks area, several of them internationally known.

Visitors to the Sponge Docks can shop, eat, take cruises down the Anclote River to the Gulf of Mexico, go deep-sea fishing, visit a saltwater aquarium, see a movie depicting the sponge industry.

Other places to visit in Tarpon Springs include Tarpon Avenue, part of the National Main Street program, with its antique shops and artists' galleries.

The Cultural Center on South Pinellas Avenue provides art exhibits in its museum and walking/bus tours of the city.

At the Universalist Church on Grand Boulevard the paintings of George Inness, Jr., a world-renowned artist who made his home here, can be seen from October to May.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, a replica of St. Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople, is open daily to visitors and worshippers. The Shrine of St. Michael, a small chapel built by a Greek family in thanks for the miraculous cure of their young son, is open daily.

The City Library, on Lemon St., with its collection of 85,000 print and nonprint materials for adults and children, is a member of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, allowing access to holdings of its fourteen member libraries. Access to libraries outside the Cooperative is available through interlibrary loan. The Tarpon Springs Library is completely automated and has special collections of maritime, business, and genealogical resources.

Read more about Tarpon Springs, FL here

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Thunderstorm over Tarpon Spring

On the way to Tarpon Spring, looking for a Motel room, we got this magnificent thunderstorm clouds to see - and to photograph.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Honeymoon Island, FL

Waiting for sunset every evening

Last surfing before sunset

Mother natures fantastic act

The countdown is on

Some minutes left only until the sun sets into the ocean


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