This is from a few days ago in Redington Shores, a beach community south of Clearwater. People were out strolling along the beach at sunset. The water was cold to the touch but still some were swimming or smashing about nonetheless.
I was visiting a friend who lives in a condo overlooking the gulf. The view of the beach at sunset is indescribable.
The last time I visited it was at the end of summer and an afternoon storm blew in. However not it's winter and the water is calm, almost without waves. During that storm the waves were much higher and sand was deposited in to the pools of the condominiums.
Summer is like winter in Florida, and winter is like summer with the mild weather.
Now that the holidays are almost over, the snowbirds start to reappear. Southbound traffic on the interstate is full of cars, trailers and motorhomes as they make the yearly migration. This is good for the local economy. It's also a time for people watching. You can't help notice the relief of leaving the cold behind.
This is a three minute exposure of the EYE Filmmuseum and A’DAM Lookout. Below the lookout is a giant sign that says "I amsterdam". The lookout is one of the few places in the city you can get high enough to see everything. It has a lounge below the observation deck so can view and remain cozy inside. I took this just after arriving from Florida wasn't used to the cool air. I tend to block out the weather when I'm taking pictures. I stayed out for two or three hours before going back to the hotel. I needed of a hot bath to warmup. After that I was fine.
This is on a river and there is a constant stream of boats passing this spot. You can see traces of their lights as trails across the frame.
At the time I took this I didn't know how to get across to the other side. I asked someone and turns out it was easy. Just hop on the ferry. There is no cost and it takes only a few minutes.
The tower is a tourist attraction. At the top is "Europe's Highest Swing". For a fee you can swing out over the edge of the building. Attractions are good if you're new to an area. They help establish bearings. As I continued to explore the city, I could usually orient myself if I saw the A'DAM Lookout. And then before you know it I was walking around like I knew where I was, and relative to tourist attraction, I kinda did.
This is a dancing fountain at Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC. The gardens are carved out of an old quarry and have become a big attraction for the region. I'm not a gardener but this place was way better than I expected. I will go back without hesitation next time I'm there.
It's hard to imagine the amount of work that goes into maintaining such an expansive display. There are favorites like roses as well as exotic species I'd never seen. There are streams, brooks and ponds throughout. As well there is an outdoor venue for concerts.
It's the kind of place you want to take a couple of days to explore, or maybe more if you're interested in plants or gardening. If I lived here I could see visiting on a regular basis for no other reason than to soak up the energy. If plants have feelings then those here are very happy and being around happy plants might not be a bad idea.
There's too much to take in all at once, though I tried. I took hundreds of pictures of flowers as well as the landscape. This fountain was towards the back. I recall thinking there couldn't possibly be more to see and then came upon this.