Being a tourist in my own town

St Petersburg in Florida is known for having some interesting museums. There’s a Dali, a Chihuly, a Holocaust and the Fine Arts Museum. I have been to all of them at one time or another. A new museum opened up this spring and I finally got a chance to visit it while my sister was visiting over Thanksgiving Weekend. Tom James, of Raymond James Financial, opened The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art. It’s one of Florida’s largest private art collections, consisting of close to 3,000 works of art and includes original paintings, sculptures and graphics. You are allowed to take pictures so below are some of my favorites.

This is only a small sampling of what’s in the museum. If you’re ever in the Tampa bay area and it’s too hot to be outside, I would recommend this place.

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Christmas lights at the zoo

Same tree, different colors.

Just a small sampling of the lights and entertainment at Zoo Tampa during their “Christmas In the Wild” nights.

You could still see a lot of the animals in their homes. A few of the nocturnal animals that you rarely see moving during the day were also moving around.

The trees over the alligator exhibit were full of ibis, snowy egrets and great egrets sleeping. There were 100’s of them. It was pretty crazy to see them in the dark.

Afterward we stopped at our local Chik Fil A to get milkshakes, even though it was cold outside (Florida cold means it was 50 degrees).

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Merry Christmas from Disney Springs

Thanksgiving weekend my sisters and I headed over to Disney Springs to have an early lunch and walk around. Disney Springs is a shopping and dining area with activities and events. It’s basically a Disney park without rides and you don’t have to pay to get in. We got there early in the morning and left early in the afternoon. By the time we left it was so crowded you could barely walk. It was a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit.

I realized later that you could see my reflection in the window and my sister standing next to me.

We stopped at the bakery on the way out to get deserts to take home.

Merry Christmas to everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog during the year!

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A Florida Christmas show

The Tampa Bay Water Ski team has their annual Christmas show on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. My sisters were in town for Thanksgiving week so we headed to the first show. Our cousin was Santa.

They had the largest crowd that weekend that they have ever had. Even the great blue heron couldn’t find a place to land. It’s a great way to kick off the holidays, even if we were in shorts and tshirts.

Like ships passing in the day

Early one morning in November I was out at Fort Desoto and noticed a lot of big boats in the area. Fort Desoto sits at the end of Tampa Bay and the boats pass by the park on the way into Port Tampa from the gulf.

The guys on these boats must have a very strange life. Being gone long periods of time out at sea. I always think of the movie Captain Phillips and wave as they go by the fishing pier. I’m sure no one is paying attention. They are probably working in the cabins getting ready to head out or come in to port depending on which direction they are going.

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Vintage is cool!

After walking around the Largo Botanical Gardens I headed next door to Heritage Village. The park has old historic homes as well as come cool vintage cars. They were having their fall festival in late October so everyone was out walking around.

Interesting wood carvings of birds.

The permanently injured birds from close by George C. McGough Nature Park were at the festival so everyone could see these guys up close and learn about the different birds of prey in their neighborhoods. The hawk in the above pictures was missing an eye.

The little screech owls were everyone’s favorite. It’s rare for most people to see them out in the wild.

A great horned owl up close.

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Ghost town on the beach

A nice clean beach after Park supervisor Jim had scooped up all of the dead fish from the red tide algae bloom that lands on the beach during high tide. This morning in late October, Jim had told me that they had just cleaned up 6 miles of beaches, trying to keep it clean so the tourist can enjoy the beach. Even in late November, we were still getting some dead sea life but not as bad as it was in October.

It was still a beautiful morning even with a slight fishy smell.

The dog beach and the fishing pier were deserted that morning since no one wanted to be in the red tide water. It was like a ghost town.

I did see some dolphins coming out of the water from far across the bay.

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