Typical Florida weather

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I took a walk on the walking bridge across Tampa Bay recently on a Sunday night. I was traveling light and only took my phone so all of these are phone shots.


Occasionally you see some critters swimming by. I think this is a cow nose sting ray. They are pretty common in the bay.




A storm was moving into downtown Tampa but behind me the sun was still out.



A brief glimpse of the sun before the clouds moved in.


Then it got bad so I snapped the above and headed back to my car right before it started pouring. This was pretty far away and the picture is cropped up. I would not want to be out on that bridge if the lightning was any closer.

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My first white winged scoter – Skywatch Friday


After two trips to the little lagoon on the Tampa side of Gandy bridge, I finally saw the white-winged scoter. It’s either a female or juvenile. She’s been there for a while, maybe two months. She was sitting on the little sand bar far out in the lagoon.


She got up and walked around for a few minutes. These are extremely cropped and it was raining but hey, at least I can finally add this duck to my list.


I’m not sure what was in this spot many years ago. The lagoon has a concrete wall around it that is falling apart in some places.


The sun was going down quick and the rain had stopped even though it looked like it would start up again.


The scoter got in the water and floated around. She was not going to let me get close.


The shallow area was full of live conch shells.


Taken with my iphone, a view of the bay from this small park.


Last shot before dark.

After a week of pouring rain, I stopped by the tiny park and saw the white-winged scoter. It’s a rare sighting for the Tampa bay area. Did she get lost during spring migration? She didn’t look injured. Will she leave and go south for winter? Everyone here is wondering. It was only a drizzle while I was there but it kept others away so I had the whole place to myself. I should stop here more often after work but the bugs were terrible. Worse than the other parks I walk at after work. Maybe in the winter they won’t be so bad.

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Storms in the Tampay Bay area – Skywatch Friday


I walked out the grocery store and saw this. Of course, no one was running for cover. Everyone was taking pictures of it with their phone cameras. I joined in. I stopped by the grocery store after work on the Monday after the 4th of July. I usually go later in the week but since we had been out of town for the last week we really needed stuff.  It was just a water spout, not a full blown tornado, that had come onto land from the bay which was about a mile away. There had been several water spouts seen in the Tampa Bay area in the last month so no one was completely surprised to see this one.  It hung in the same spot for a few minutes then started to fall apart.

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You can see it starting to fall apart at the bottom. People were heading to their cars at this point. This was my first water spout sighting so it was pretty cool even though I was ready to make a run for the meat locker if it started to move towards us.

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Clouds moving in around the Sunshine Skyway bridge area. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon so I headed to the outlet mall south of Tampa.

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You could see where it was raining on the right side of the bay.

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Coming home from the outlet mall.

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Rain to the left of the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

It felt like it rained every day in July. Almost every day anyway. I kept missing great storms for one reason or another. Stuck at work mostly. All of the above were taken with my Iphone. I’m getting hooked on using the panorama feature.

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Tear it down already! – Skywatch Friday


View of the St. Petersburg pier from the parking lot.


Walking towards the building.


Up front. One last look, or so we thought. This building was planned to be torn down in August. It officially closed after Memorial Day weekend. Now there is still controversy over what will replace it. I think the date to tear it down has been pushed back.


View from the top. We went hoping to get sunset pictures. It was beautiful and sunny all day long. Later in the day, a wall of clouds appeared.


There were still some spots of sun looking out over the bay.


From the top of the building looking out over the bay.


Why are all of the clouds behind downtown?


The sun was almost down and still no sign of it showing its face. Oh well! Maybe some day there will be something cool here to come see and take pictures of. The old structure is falling apart and there are plans to do something different here only the city cannot agree on what that is. Until that is decided, this was my last look of downtown St. Pete from the water. I had many memories here. When I was growing up we used to come here to visit on our trips to Florida to visit the grandparents.

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