Urban Thursday #5: “Sundial”

This downtown area, newly developed just as I was leaving St. Petersburg twenty-five years ago, quickly got overrun by kids on skateboards and fell into disrepute.

“Skateboarding is not a crime” as the bumper sticker proclaims, but town folks didn’t see it that way. It was bought out, upscaled, and enough security guards now wander around to make even law-abiding citizens nervous.


The name was changed to Sundial and it looks inviting, but I rarely see a crowd of fun-lovers here.


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Urban Thursday #4: “Got Crabs?”

I worked for the Public Library, although not at this branch, for nine years. But that’s not why I post this image.

Can you spot what it is artists have to do differently in a beach community?


We don’t have fig leaves to shield innocent eyes but we do have a multitude of “decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura” – i.e., CRABS.

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Urban Thursday

– a Thursday sampling of downtown buildings & city landscapes –


Big Glass, Small Tripods

I mentioned in a previous post that big lenses typically require tripods that I am too impulsive to fiddle with. Hence, not for me.

Such dedication also sometimes invites the macho to endure cold, wet, and mosquitoes. Double-hence, not for me.


North Lagoon, Ft. DeSoto Park



Osprey, Pelican, Two Eagles & a Dog

A 500mm lens is a must-have for wildlife photography, but I have long resisted because such a heavy piece of equipment requires a bulky tripod and I haven’t the patience to fiddle with such things.

Until now. Nikon has recently come out with a quality 500mm lens specifically designed to be hand-held. It’s not for the frail, weighing in at 5 lbs., but manageable.

Two things I am looking for as I test out a new lens = (1) how fast it picks up and focuses on subjects speeding across the sky, and (2) how sharp the images are.

I couldn’t believe my luck when I saw two juvenile eagles sitting on rocks about 200 yards from shore this morning.


One of them hopped around a bit, after a fish the other had dropped in a crevice.


I alternately stood and sat for 45 minutes with camera and lens held up to my eye waiting for the eagles to fly. Liftoff would be a perfect picture. The camera got heavy, my arms got tired, and my fingers began to cramp.

An osprey took a dip nearby in the water and I interrupted my vigil to fire off some quick shots.



A pelican dropped in fairly close to the eagles.


Then a damn helicopter buzzed overhead and spooked the eagles as I was looking in the wrong direction! All my patience was for naught.


Tzuri, fortunately, was a more willing subject.


All in all, I’m thinkin’ this new lens is a keeper.