Portrait of a Pelican

If you read my blog you know that one of favorite subjects is the pelican. The Florida Brown Pelican has a wingspan of up to nine feet and weighs 30 pounds. The white pelican is even larger and the second biggest bird in North America after the California Condor. They are actually bigger than the Bald Eagle and much more plentiful. I love these birds because in flight they look a little like Pterodactyls as they glide through the air. This one was actually nice enough to sit for a portrait.

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The Florida Brown Pelican

The Florida Brown Pelican

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Sunset at Sunset Beach

We stayed for one month on Sunset Beach, a small residential community in Treasure Island Florida. On every clear evening people gathered to watch the sunset, surf or stroll on the beach during the magic hour.

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Sunset Beach

Gulf Boulevard runs along the Gulf of Mexico before it turns into Blind Pass at St. Petersburgh Beach. After a while it begins again and runs towards the end of the St. Petersburg peninsula. Where it turns into Blind Pass in Treasure Island there is a small spur called Gulf Boulevard West that runs along the Gulf before it ends at Boca Ciega Bay.

This sour is known as Sunset Beach and is a small community within Treasure Island.It is a tranquil Gulf community that is mostly residential with only two restaurants/bars and few other businesses. When the sun sets people come out on their decks and stroll along the beach. It is not crowded but as the sun falls into the Gulf you can hear cheers and applause along the beach.

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Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Camellia

You can’t really grow camellias in Pittsburgh as they are only recommended for zones 7-10. One of the true bonuses of traveling south during the winter is to see this beauty in bloom all over the place. Found this one walking around Treasure Island Florida. This bloom is probably five or six inches wide!

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Camellia

Camellia

Birds of a Feather

The Florida Brown Pelican has a wingspan of up to nine feet and weighs 30 pounds. The white pelican is even larger and the second biggest bird in North America after the California Condor. They are actually bigger than the Bald Eagle and much more plentiful. I love these birds because in flight they look a little like Pterodactyls as they glide through the air. This group near John’s Pass in Madeira Beach Florida almost seems like they are flying on a line.

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The Pelican Line

The Pelican Line

Long Boarders

Every night the sunsets at the beach would bring something a little different. On windy nights the surfers were out and the whipping wind provided photographic challenges. But calm nights would bring out the long-boarders and gentle sea breezes made for a pleasant relaxing photographic experience on Sunset Beach.

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Long Board at Sunset Beach

Long Board at Sunset Beach

St. Petersburg’s Clay Company

I have a lifelong friend that works as a Pediatric ER Doctor. She is perfectly suited for doing a stressful job that I can’t imagine doing. Not only that she is exactly the person you would want to have doing such a job. For decades she has successfully managed her stress and one of her outlets is doing pottery. She really does nice work and I am happy to have a cupboard full of her outtake mugs.

She took us to visit St Petersburg Clay (http://stpeteclay.com.) which is kind of like a high tech gym for potters. In addition to housing artists, providing resources and teaching classes they have a wonderful gallery full of impressive pieces for sale.

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Work in Progress

Work in Progress

Outdoor Kilns

Outdoor Kilns

Gallery

Gallery