Monday, November 30, 2009
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Cass Street Bridge over the Hillsborough River is still undergoing repair. After a state inspection by structural engineers, it was deemed "structurally deficient." Work on the $1.7 million project began in July and is still not completed. The bridge, built in 1927, is one of five over the Hillsborough River into downtown.
I photographed it before in color - kind of a wicked and wild modern color composition (click HERE). This black and white rendition is 180% from that one. The minarets of the Tampa Bay Hotel (today's University of Tampa) are visible on the right.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Visit Skywatch Friday to see the beauty and wonders of the world's most magnificent skies.
It's always an amazing show presented by Skywatchers in cities, countries and continents around the globe. .
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I bet NO one else shared their Thanksgiving meal with such artfully crafted companions.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
This scene is of a new and unusual installation near the Tampa Bay History Center (shown as the background to this spectacular artist's creation.) It is a "cenotaph," defined as "A monument erected in honor of a dead person whose remains lie elsewhere." The city of
The foundation under and around the cenotaph is further described: “A circle formed of bricks is separated into four quadrants, each corresponding to one of the four cardinal directions and possessing a culturally-appropriate color; yellow for the East, red for the North, black for the West, and white for the South. These colors are also found prominently in the flags of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It is a Miccosukee belief that life spins in a circle starting in the east and moving to the north, west, and south. Native peoples almost universally understand the directional colors.” Go to the city’s website for more detail and photographs that show the cenotaph more clearly, HERE.
The cenotaph's creator is the renowned Native-American artist, Bob Haozous. He was born in
WELCOME: Tsutomu Otsuka is the newest Follower of Tampa Florida Photo. He is an award-winning photographer and editor in chief for the Kyoto Photo Press in
Sunday, November 22, 2009
If you love to see your world in black and white, be sure and visit some of the most interesting people and places made possible by Aileni. Go experience the incredible photographic artistry each week HERE at Monochrome Maniacs!
Check out other great WEEKEND REFLECTIONS #9 HERE. James is making this possible through his blog, Newtown Daily Photo. His own reflections image today is awesome.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This flying saucer is very real looking and has sat atop an adult nightclub in
The following was posted earlier this year at Google Sightseeing by Alex Turnbull: “About 100 of the kits were erected around the world. Suuronen’s aim was actually to design a ski-cabin, one that would be “quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain”, and in this respect he succeeded – a Futuro House can be placed on virtually any terrain, requiring only four concrete supports, and thanks to the integrated polyurethane insulation and electric heating system, even in the most extreme conditions it only takes around thirty minutes to achieve a comfortable temperature inside. Despite the obvious awesomeness of these UFO-shaped homes, by the mid 70s they had been withdrawn from sale – although this was mainly due to the 1973 oil crisis, which had sent the price of plastic skyrocketing. Around sixty of the original Futuros have been accounted for over the years, but there are still many that remain undiscovered."
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It was over three decades ago that Cadillac, then still the world’s premier luxury car manufacturer (have we really changed that much?) announced that it would build the last of
Aside from special “preferred parking spots” at places a single guy might frequent in the day, my most memorable time behind the wheel was putting the top down, driving the Eldo to a lonesome beach at night on the Gulf, reclining in the living room size thick leather seats and cranking up the stereo. Stars were overhead, the waves were softly crashing and a perfect companion was sharing the view with me. Ah, it couldn’t have been any better. I was probably wearing a double-knit, paisley shirt with a collar four times too big and clunky shoes. (Yuck! I’m sure glad I don’t live in the seventies anymore.) I am so-o-o glad the “companion” has stuck with me all these years and still puts up with my addiction to odd and unusual automobiles and “classic” car shows. What an understanding sweetheart she is after all these years.
As every American (and foreign) driver knows, convertibles are available from most every manufacturer, world-wide. They’ve all addressed the safety issues that they thought convertibles presented and the joy of driving with the top down will never again go away.
Monday, November 16, 2009
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
This mural is another portion of one I posted yesterday of West Tampa's Main Street. The West Tampa Revitalization Corporation commissioned the mural in 1984. It is BIG. It covers two entire exterior walls of the recreation building at the Rey Park Center and Playground on North Howard Avenue.
Friday, November 13, 2009
The West Tampa Revitalization Corporation commissioned this mural in 1984. It was painted by Carl Cowden and repainted in 2001 by Marie Crescenzi. It covers two entire exterior walls of a recreation building at the Rey Park Center and Playground on North Howard Avenue. It's quite detailed in capturing people and places in West Tampa's past and present. This scene is very likely a composite created by the artist using several photographs taken over the years. It includes a trolley, which no longer runs down Main Street. My guess is the car in the center is a 1950s Packard, but the vegetable truck on the bottom left is 1920s vintage. Moses White Bar-B-Q, the only retail sign that's visible in this section of the mural, was located in West Tampa from 1977 until it moved to Ybor City's 7th Avenue in 1987.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I visited the American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, in November 2006. It is on the bluff above Omaha Beach and has a breathtaking view. It overlooks the area where troops of the U.S. Army, 1st Division and 29th Division, landed on D-Day, June 6, 1944 . It honors American soldiers and airmen who lost their lives during the landing and fighting on this stretch of French beach. Airmen who flew missions from English bases, as fighter and bomber pilots and crews, and the men who flew gliders and transports, are also buried here. The 172-acre site contains perfectly straight rows of white crosses and the remains of 9,387 American military dead. To look out over these crosses is a humbling experience. It leaves you speechless. I felt tremendous respect for each of these lives lost in service to our country. We honor these veterans today along with every man and woman who serves today, and those who have fought and died all over the world in defense of our freedom and liberty.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Not every sea gull has moved south to bask in the glorious sunshine and to skip through the sand and warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But enough of them have. That distinctive Jersey accent can be heard from one coast of Florida to the other, and even in between. Many gulls hang out in Ocala and even The Villages, but the Gulf beaches are their favorite address. That's why as I tried today to capture a representative image of Tampa, this fine looking fellow caught my eye and ear. It was kind of gray and overcast. It happens, OK? He wanted to know: Where's da sun? I'll head back up ta Jurzee and Elizabeth and home on da docks if you don't make da sun shine. Bright! Now! I couldn't argue with a transplant...a Snow Bird...a Jurzee native. (He hadn't even changed out the DMV plate on his tail.) Just look at that steely gaze. The tilt of his head. He's a serious dude. Would YOU argue with him? I promised to make the sun shine. What else could I do?
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
In 1976, the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station moved from Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg to
This U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was just one of the many interesting flying machines on display for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association annual conference held over the last three days in
Friday, November 6, 2009
I found this extraordinary little aircraft sitting quietly in a line-up of 60 year-old biplanes, the Lockheed Electra L-12 flown in the Hilary Swank movie, "Amelia," and other less colorful and certainly less aerobatic aircraft. The others may have long and storied histories, but only this one, "Invictus," won First Place, Formula One Gold, in the 2009 46th Annual National Championship Air Races held in Reno, Nevada on September 20th. The pilot was Richard Thom of Kissimmee, Florida. The Cassutt "Invictus" is here at Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands as part of the 2009 Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association conference being held through tomorrow at the Tampa Convention Center. The length of the plane, 16 feet, and wing tip to wing tip width of 15 feet, makes this the perfect occupant for your home's garage. What it lacks in fuel economy and range it certainly makes up for in sheer performance, lightning speed and plenty of g-forces. It's the answer to getting to the office or mountain cabin without delay.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The Boeing Stearman PT-17, Model 75, is a single-engine biplane, of which almost 9,800 were built in the
This Stearman, along with almost a hundred other aircraft, are on display for three days as part of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Aviation Summit being held at the Tampa Convention Center. The planes are part of the AOPA AirportFest at Peter O. Knight Airport at the end of Davis Islands.
When World war II began, my dad, who went on to career in the U.S. Air Force, was a cadet in the Class of 1944 at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Not long after the outbreak of the war, he joined his fellow cadets in leaving school -as an entire college class - to join the nation’s military. He opted to fly and received his pilot's training in a Stearman PT-17. From training in the single-engine biplane in dusty
As an Air Force brat, I have always had a very special place in my heart for the Stearman, my dad’s first plane.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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If you love your world in black and white, be sure and visit some of the world's most interesting places and experience the incredible photographic artistry of Monochrome Maniacs!
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