Being a tourist in your own hometown.

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The view of Harbour Island from Riverwalk.  We sat outside and had lunch nearby.

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Vultures on top of the Arena where the Lightning hockey team plays.

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A cruise ship docked nearby.

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A view of Tampa from Riverwalk.

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Looking across the water at Harbour Island, Davis Island and south Tampa, it was a busy Sunday afternoon. The weather had finally cooled off and everyone was out having fun.

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Tampa General Hospital across the water.

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One of the most popular dogs of the afternoon.  I’m not sure what kind of dog this is but he looked bigger than a great dane.  He was very well-behaved and everyone was taking his picture.

The weekend before Thanksgiving was perfect. High of 65 degrees. We headed out to have lunch outside and then walked the Riverwalk path in downtown Tampa. The walking path is wide and runs from the port of Tampa to the museum across from the University of Tampa. There are stores, restaurants and lots of activities along the way. It was packed with people, tourist visiting, locals walking their dogs, jogging, biking and getting on boats. If you want to be outside in a downtown area, this is the place to be.

SkyWatch Friday

Summer nights in Tampa

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I peaked out the window and saw some dark clouds moving in. I grabbed my phone and ran out to the backyard.  I kept hearing crashing coming from the front yard so I ran around to the front and got the shot of the lightning. The night storms have been crazy lately in the beginning of August.

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The next night I drove home in pouring rain and by the time I got home the sky looked like the above in the backyard.

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On the way home from work I stopped at a parking deck right off the bridge to take the above.  Looking towards downtown Tampa, it was beautiful blue skies. When I turned around, the big storm was moving across the bay. I had just driven through that.

All of the above were taking with my phone.

SkyWatch Friday

“Don’t poke my eye out”

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More pictures from my stop at the bird rookery in north Tampa back in June. These are all great egrets. Most of the baby egrets were already grown up and almost as big as the adults. They were still being fed by their parents and most were probably flying soon after I took these pictures. The babies, even though they look fully grown, still have a little bit of fuzz on the top of their heads. They are very aggressive when the parents fly in to feed them. I feel bad for them having to regurgitate fish up to feed to the screaming kids who look like they are trying to attack them.

Excuse me, are you Mr. Ed?

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While I’m waiting for the eagle babies to wake up from their nap, I was watching the horses at the farms around the nest. I need to take the time to go horseback riding some day. I used to go many years ago.  One of the farms near the nest has horses that you can ride. They do group trail rides. I wonder if I can take all of my camera equipment with me? It was fun to watch one of the horses come out of the barn and lay down and take a dirt bath. I felt like I had taken a dirt bath after standing there for an hour.  Some of the horses were beautiful. The one with the stripes was pretty funny. He looks like a zebra hybrid.

Linking up to Saturday’s Critters

Fish through a child’s eyes.

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We decided to stop by the Tampa Aquarium during our Christmas tourist tour one afternoon when it was just too hot to be outside. I didn’t have my tripod and I struggle to get good clear shots of the fish behind the glass. You are not allowed to use flash, which would just give me a big flash spot anyway. So I did what any normal tourist would do, I put it on auto mode. The pictures still came out a little fuzzy because of the thick glass so I tried to get creative and convert them to cartoon pictures. These are way more fun than boring ole regular pictures of fish in a tank.

No hummingbirds at Lettuce Lake Park

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What little sign of fall I could find. Almost dead weeds.

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The park was covered in beauty berries. With so many berries you would think there would be a lot of birds around to eat them but no. It was a quiet almost birdless morning.

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A green heron picking at the muck.

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I’m thinking this is a juvenile male red-winged blackbird. He was not quite in full colors yet.

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A female red-winged blackbird was close by.

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Seeing double.

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Spiders were everywhere.

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This spider was up high in the trees chowing on a dragonfly.

It was another hot quiet morning out in the park. I went hoping to see the hummingbirds again and get some better shots. I remembered to bring my tripod this time. I went straight to the nature center and walked around back to look for the hummingbird feeder. It was gone. I went into the nature center and talked to Diane, the ranger who is usually at the park on Saturdays. She said that lately the hummers have only been coming around late in the afternoon so she took the feeder down to clean it. I guess another trip to park later in the day is in order.

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A walk on a new bridge – Skywatch Friday

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There’s a new walking and biking bridge in town. They built a pedestrian bridge on the Courtney Campbell Causeway next to the car bridge. The causeway connects Tampa to Clearwater. I stopped for a walk after work. It was around 6:30pm but was getting dark from the storm clouds moving in.

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You could see it raining over across the bay towards south Tampa. I didn’t see any lightning.

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Zooming in on Tampa from the top of the bridge. This is extremely cropped.

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It’s not a long bridge. I walked across it twice in about 40 minutes. It was starting to thunder so I headed home.

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Before pulling out at the end of the causeway, I turned around and took this. Not much of a view of the sun.  At least the clouds kept it cooler and there was a strong wind. It was a nice walk after work and I didn’t have to drive out of my way to get there.

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