The Soft Underbelly of Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Beach is probably one of the best beaches in the USA. Broad expanses of white sand manicured daily by an attentive staff. Beautiful sunsets complete with pirate ships, strolling families and flocks of sea birds.

However as large high rise condos are built the views of the small mom and pop motels that have been there for years are destroyed. This makes it hard for them to survive and some have fallen in to disrepair creating scenes like this.

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The Soft Underbelly of Clearwater Beach

The Soft Underbelly of Clearwater Beach

Little Blue Heron

“Little Blue Heron”sounds like a song title or a rock band name. We were in the Florida Botantical Gardens stalking Osprey and Aligators and this little blue guy started to follow us. I think he works for the NSA or something.

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Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Bromeliad

The Florida Botantical Garden in Largo Florida is a very large garden and nature preserve complete with a heritage village. It has beautiful walkways, plants, animals and best of all it is free. They don’t even charge for parking.

I don’t remember the name of this bromeliad but was struck by the variety of color in the leaves.

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Bromeliad

Bromeliad

The Great Sitting Osprey

As we travel along the Gulf coast of Florida we have seen a lot of Osprey. However, I still have not seen one in flight. I think they might be a big fraud and just sit there all the time. A woman at a nature center showed me pictures of Osprey and they were all sitting.

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Osprey

Osprey

Parking with a Sneer

Tarpon Springs is a beautiful little town that is known as the sponge Capitol of the USA. You can see the boats loaded with sponges in the harbor. Most of the parking lots were full, yet this one was completely empty. Even so, we couldn’t bring ourselves to park here.

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Parking with a Sneer

Parking with a Sneer