Saturday, April 19, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction Update: Three Brothers 2

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction Update: Three Brothers 2
Another view of the Three Brothers, on Clearwater Beach. As I said... the construction is not quite complete. Streets of sand is not the norm on Clearwater Beach. Fun idea, but pretty gritty when the wind is blowing.

You may be happy to see, in this picture, that Frenchy's South Beach Cafe is still there, for your dining pleasure. For those looking for something faster, McDonald's is still going strong, just beyond Frenchy's. It's hard to pick out because the only Golden Arches are on the rooftop cupola. (Go on, click the picture so you can see it bigger!)

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction Update: Three Brothers

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction Update: Three Brothers
In Washington there is a group of mountains called Twin Sisters. I always got it confused with Three Sisters, because it looked to ME like there were THREE peaks, not TWO. Anyway... this picture reminded me of the Three Sisters. But I wanted to be at least a little different, and these cranes, though interesting, are not beautiful like the mountains. So they get to be the Three Brothers.

This view is looking north from the South Beach area, as I call it, with Pier 60 just up ahead on the left, just out of the frame. The construction where the cranes reside is just a small part of what will become the Billion Dollar Beach. The area in the foreground is part of Beach Walk, which should be quite amazing when they get it finished. I am concerned, as I said before, about parking and traffic, but what will be, will be.
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction Update

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk Construction Update
What can I tell you? It's getting closer and closer to being done. I'm still not sure they got it all right, but it's going on either way. This is a view from one of the sand dunes between the Beach Walk and the actual beach. Wow, talk about a windy day! I will post a picture soon that, I hope, gives you an idea of how windy it was.

In some ways this new Beach Walk thing looks really neat. It's part of the Billion Dollar Beach makeover. But there are some other things I am worried about. I see some areas where you can drive to get to some of the shops, but I don't see an easy way to get out. So I think they are in for some serious traffic jams in the beginning. I think the whole plan is still a bit short on parking too. But, ever the optimist, I have my fingers crossed.
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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, April 16, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk, Billion Dollar Beach 2

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk, Billion Dollar Beach 2
Here is another view of the Beach Walk area, part of the new Billion Dollar Beach on Clearwater Beach, as of Monday evening. I thought these big rings were kind of cool. I was thinking perhaps they are a new twist on bicycle racks, so that made sense. And then I had another, different idea...

Perhaps, they actually are intended to represent what they look like... Giant piercings right through the very sidewalk itself. I mean, in these modern times lots of people are getting all sorts of piercings, so maybe this is a nod to the pierced beachgoer, to make them feel more at home! :D

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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, April 15, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Beach Walk, Billion Dollar Beach

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Billion Dollar Beach, Beach Walk
Are you ready for this? It looks like Beach Walk is almost ready! Wow. What a place. It doesn't all make sense to me yet, but parts of it are definitely getting ready to 'go live'. I was down on the beach this afternoon and decided to see if I could snap some update pictures of all the construction. It's still pretty messy in a lot of places, but you can really see things coming together too.

Clearwater Beach has been a construction zone for what seems like forever. But now you can really see the progress. It's not hard to believe the whole Billion Dollar Beach story when you see all the construction down there. Yikes!

The wind was blowing like mad when I was down there, and there were not a lot of people out. I don't blame them... I feel like I was dunked in a sand bath! But it was beautiful just the same. The waves were going mad, and the trees were jostling back and forth, and the sand was IN THE AIR! More on 'The Very Windy Day' in the days to come.
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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, April 14, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Tour Boat Row Night Photography

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Tour Boat Row Night Photography
So... this is what it looks like once the sidewalks are rolled up! This is tour boat row, after hours, on Clearwater Beach. Eerie, and yet fascinating, is how I would describe it. The clamor of tourism and self-promotion has died away to an echo. It never really dies away completely. Like a seashell that always carries the sounds of the ocean inside, the docks and ticket windows seem to carry the tune of vacations and holidays on into the lonely night.

In this one image you can see Sea Screamer Parasail, Thriller Offshore Racing Experience, Dolphin Encounter, Wave Runner Rental, and Captain Memo's Pirate Cruise. They are so still and quiet at this late hour. So calm and serene the sidewalks where just hours before the happy tourists hustled and bustled to their adventures and memories.
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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, April 13, 2008

Clearwater Beach, Florida: Airborne Heroes: Coast Guard Helicopter

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Clearwater Beach, Florida: Airborne Heroes: Coast Guard Helicopter
Relaxing on Clearwater Beach on a recent sunny day, I spotted this Coast Guard helicopter in the sky. I did not have the best lens for the job, but I really wanted to try to get a shot of it.

Thanks to blogging, I have learned that Clearwater has the busiest Coast Guard Air Station in the WORLD! Amazing. I have also learned that this is an HH-60 Jayhawk, used for search and rescue missions, among others. It is built by Sikorsky and has a 600 nautical mile range (300 nautical mile working radius).

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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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