Saturday, February 23, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Bocce Playing In The Warm Sun

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Bocce Playing In The Warm Sun
While enjoying a sunny day wandering around Clearwater Beach lately, I spotted this group having a spirited game of Bocce. Wow, what a trip. I did not understand the language they were using to yell at one another, but I suspected it was Italian.

I hadn't played Bocce Ball, as we called it when I was a kid, since... well, when I was a kid! So I stopped to watch for a bit. It really was quite fun. If you are curious about it, click here for the Wiki entry; or to check out a couple of other websites about it, click here or here.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Friday, February 22, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Everyday Heroes: Clearwater Fire And Rescue Polaris Beach Unit 4x6 ATV

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Clearwater Fire And Rescue, Polaris Beach Unit 4x6 ATV
This past Monday, when I was heading in the general direction of the Clearwater Beach Fire Station, I saw a lifeguard at a gas station. He was riding in their ATV (a Kawasaki Mule), the one with the white cross on a red background and surfboards on top, for rescuing people. I walked over to take a picture and he told me that the Fire Department had one at the station that was like his Mule, but on steroids. So I had to check it out.

While Firefighter Steve was giving me a tour, I snapped the picture above of their ATV. Which they really should call an ATRV, All Terrain RESCUE Vehicle. :D I think it is a Ranger, made by Polaris, and look again, it has SIX wheels! Yeah, a 4x6 ATV, how cool!
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Everyday Heroes: Brotherhood of Heroes

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Everyday Heroes: Brotherhood of Heroes
This past Monday, I was out on safari, photo safari, and ended up at a couple of Fire Stations, with a mind to get pictures of Fire Engines. Well, I got a lot more than that. When I stopped in at the Clearwater Fire Department on Clearwater Beach, Station 46, I met Firefighters Steve and Nathan. What a couple of great guys. They were super outgoing and accommodating to my photo safari mission.

They told me about their 'patch wall', which sounded pretty cool. So we stepped into the office to get a look, and maybe take a picture. WHOA!! It was awesome. I mean, not just a few patches... but a WALL OF PATCHES! The photo above is just one half of the main wall. They have another smaller section on another wall just to the right. So what's it all about? It's like this... When firefighters come here on vacation, a lot of them carry badges from their home station with them. They trade their home badges for badges from here! The end result is that this wall is covered with firefighter badges from all over the country, and the world!

I originally wanted to get them all in one picture, but then I realized that you wouldn't be able to make them out individually. So I took it in sections. This picture is not really big enough to get good detail, but if you click on it, you will get a really big version. Then you can see it a little better. But be forewarned... it is a big file, that larger picture, about 2mb, so it might take a little while to load.

Another thing I noticed while in these two fire stations is that they both featured some sort of remembrance of the firefighters who died on 9/11. They truly seem like a Brotherhood of Heroes, EVERYday Heroes, to me, and I was honored to meet them.

Stayed tuned for more about these fire fighting heroes. Pop over to Clearwater Daily Photo for today's post on Station 48.

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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Palm Place Vacation Rental Villas

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Palm Place Vacation Rental Villas
If you are thinking about spending a week on Clearwater Beach, this is the kind of place you might want to consider. This is Palm Place. They have four different vacation rental villas here, from 350 square feet to 1,000 square feet. Rates for a week's stay range from $785 to $1,570 (plus tax).

The location seems to be pretty good, with the beach just about twenty steps from the door. Not just any beach, but this is the real deal beach... white powdery sand, warm sunny skies, gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico. As beaches go, it just doesn't get much better than Clearwater Beach. :)

That also puts you just a few blocks walk from lots of dining options, like Frenchy's Cafe, Palm Pavilion, The Beachcomber, and much more.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Hidden Stairway To...?

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Hidden Stairway Entrance
I came upon this stairway quite unexpectedly. It seems to be hidden, almost. If I had not been on my most observant best behavior (photo safari) I might not have seen it at all. It's certainly not very extravagant, but there is something secretive and cozy about it that appeals to me.

Perhaps it is something from my childhood. Maybe it's the symbolic resemblance to an unobtrusive ladder ascending to a secret fort in a tree? Certainly it is wonderfully overgrown, which I love. Yes, that is probably it... I would live in a tree in a SECOND if I could! Hmmm, too much information? :D

Later this week: Everyday Heroes.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Yacht or Fishing Boat Morning Girl

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Fishing Boat Yacht Morning Girl
I saw this sweet looking boat berthed at the Clearwater Municipal Marina. It makes me think of warm, sunny days cruising the waters around Clearwater Beach.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Warm & Sunny, White & Sandy, Room For All

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Warm & Sunny, White & Sandy, Room For All
When you turn north from the breakwater pictured yesterday, this is what you see. A vast, wide open expanse of sandy beach. Clearwater Beach at its best. On the right, from here up to about even with Pier 60, the Beach Walk project is being implemented beyond the dunes. North of Pier 60, you can see various hotels along the beach. This is where you would find the Hilton, and further north, the Sandpearl Resort and Residences, among others.

As you can see from the photograph, there is plenty of room... plenty of room for you.
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If you would like to see more of this area, check out Dunedin Daily Photo, and Clearwater Daily Photo. If you enjoy photography, check out my photography blog. Thanks for coming today, I hope you enjoyed your mini-vacation to Clearwater Beach, Florida!
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