I have only ever seen the St. Louis Gateway Arch at a distance until recently. This time I was able to see it right up close! Even standing right next to it the observation area still seemed rather far away. It really was much taller than I expected it to be…
A couple weeks ago my husband and I were given two tickets to go watch the Tampa Bay Lightening vs. Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game. My husband is from Maine, was very active with the University of Maine Black Bears and both of his sons played a lot of hockey as kids. He loves the game! I on the other hand am from Indiana. I grew up on IU basketball. And I hate the Purdue Boilermakers. Don’t ask me why, I’m not really sure. I think my mom told me I had to, it’s a family rule. In Indiana you are either an IU fan or a Purdue fan. And I still make fun of Gene Keady’s hair. If you have to ask… well don’t.
Sorry I digress. I agreed to go to the game or a few reasons. I thought it would be fun to spend time with my husband doing something he enjoys so much, he said the tickets were in the 4th row, I thought a hotdog sounded good to eat and I thought I would get a few shots for the 52-week photo challenge without a whole lot of effort. After all, he did say 4th row!
At first I thought I was going to try to get a good panning shot. My sitting so close proved to be problematic for panning. I couldn’t even get a lock on the player before he was gone and shooting through the big giant plastic wall wasn’t helpful trying to focus either. I guess now I know why there weren’t any other people sitting with cameras that I could see. They were more focused on yelling at everyone to punch each other! I ate my hotdog and plotted a new strategy. I decided to focus on just the goalie. And in particular the goalie “below the knees”. It was still a struggle to focus on him and try and look out the corner of my eye at the jumbo-tron at the same time. It was hard to know when they were headed back to my end of the arena. I did all of this while balancing my hotdog on my lap! I’m going to have to use a few so you can see that I did get better at it and managed to even catch the puck slipping through the goalies knees and into the goal. All this was accomplished with only 1 drip down the front of my shirt from my hotdog! The last photo made the cut because Santa Claus appears to be enjoying a big cold beer in the stands. And that made me giggle. I wonder if he ate a hotdog? I didn’t see any mustard down the front of his shirt…
While driving around Tarpon Springs, happily lost, my friends and I noticed this old Spanish style building. We made a mental note of it’s approximate location so we could come back to it after we visited the sponge docks.
It was old and beat up and did not fit in with the historic neighborhood filled with beautiful victorian style homes. The doors were locked tight but one window was broken out. We could see that there was some type of remodel under way. We had a lot of questions but no answers until I was able to do some research after returning home.
I’ve found that the abandoned three-story building was built in 1926 and originally was christened First Baptist Church. It is currently known as, A Glorious Church. It is being transformed into a residential home by it’s current owner Richard Boeckl. Only the buildings majestic frontage along Read Street will match the remnant of the facade.
Boeckl purchased the building in the early 1970’s and rented it to several congregations until a 1993 storm flooded its ground floor with three feet of water and ravaged sections of the roof. He has been doing his best to maintain the building over the years. At one time there was a plan to remake the space into an antique condominium. In an old newspaper article that I found Boeckl said he hopes to have a certificate of occupancy within a year. Based on what we saw through the broken window and the photos shown in the article I think that might be a stretch. When I have a chance to revisit Tarpon Springs I will certainly seek out the old church again to see what progress has been made. How it turns out will remain a mystery until my next visit.
A few weeks ago I was driving through The Meadows near Sarasota with a friend. We both noticed this bridge and decided to do something our husbands are never excited about. We turned the car around and went back! I think this photo fits the theme in two different ways. One for the bridge and the other for the creek. Each are a passage way for something different.
This morning I was told about a place called Emerson Point Preserve near Palmetto, Florida. It’s about a 30 minute drive from my house. I had already made a plan to be near there and it was a beautiful day so I went to check it out. I did a google earth search before hand and did a little poking around. There was a photo posting of a tree called “The Hands of Time.” I thought it was really interesting so while I was there I went on a hunt. It is much different now then it was when the photo online was taken. Originally it was a palm tree trunk wrapped in the arms of a mangrove tree. Now there is just a piece of the palm tree left. To me it looked like the mangrove tree was hugging the palm tree. As I looked closer I noticed that people have left behind little carvings as a declaration of their love. Hence the posting with the theme, “Love Is.” I’m looking forward to going back sometime soon! If your interested in reading more about Emerson Point Preserve visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Emerson.Point.Preserve
While visiting Mary Nell in Chattanooga, TN we explored an old barn with our cameras. I saw these old bottles sitting along the wall and loved how the light made the liquid inside seem to glow. We managed to snap off quite a few photos considering both Mr. Impatiences were waiting for us in the car!