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On a walk around downtown Tampa, Florida last year, I found a lot of interesting architecture. Armed with my camera and tripod, I set out to capture the beauty of this city. Now normally I drive through the area, casually glancing out the windows and catching some of the buildings,  but parking the car and walking around for a few hours gives a completely different perspective. There are so many things that you just don’t see while behind the wheel. Plus it’s great exercise!

As I was strolling down the street, I came across this building. What struck me most was the rich texture of the red brick facade. It popped out between the other buildings. Traffic was minimal as this was taken on a Saturday, so I didn’t have to worry about too many pedestrians or cars moving through the shot. The reflections in the windows were an added bonus.

This building houses a cafe and a restaurant on the bottom floor and a law firm on the 2nd and 3rd floors. For a little bit of history about this building click here – 110 East Madison.

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I hope you like color…

 

…because today’s post features a lot of it! 🙂 We find ourselves at the 2012 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival where flowers abound. There are so many of them to take in that it’s hard to really see it all in one day and truly appreciate the effort behind it. Breathtaking aromas and eye-catching colors await your visit. The displays they setup are absolutely amazing. A lot of work goes into putting on this festival and it’s definitely something to see. Over 100 topiaries were created with more than 75 of them representing Disney characters. The festival runs a little over 2 months with May 20th being the last day. For more info about the festival you can go here – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Today’s images are just a small sample of what you will find there. My eyes are drawn to vibrant colors so these two scenes stopped me in my tracks! Up first we have an image I like to call “Roll out the Flower Carpet.” The orange and purple flowers leading to the doors welcome the viewer as if to say come on in.

Up next we find “Radio Flower” – a little red wagon with color spilling all over. I think this was positively one of the coolest displays I have seen at the festival. So much attention to detail makes this scene worthy of a picture.

Well that about wraps up today’s post. I really hope you enjoyed reading about the festival and viewing the pictures as much as liked sharing it with you. Please feel free to leave any comments you might have as I always appreciate hearing from my visitors!

1948 Chevy Convertible

I like to hit a lot of the local weekly and nightly cruise-ins. This one in particular is every Tuesday night at the Prime Time restaurant. Jan’s Cruizin is a great place to see some awesome cars. I think classic cars and HDR photography go together really well. I prefer to take my bracketed shots on a tripod just to insure there is no movement between shots. This is a 3 exposure HDR. Please feel free to leave me a comment – I always respond and appreciate them!

Antiques @ 206

This is the Baytree Trading Company located at 206 Northeast 1st Street in Micanopy, Florida. Micanopy is a small town just South of Gainesville. It’s known as the town that time forgot and is full of old buildings. There are antique stores and ice cream shops and an organic bakery. I had to sample it and I would make the trip up there again just to eat there! The movie Doc Hollywood was filmed there as well. Definitely a very unique and charming town with a lot of history.

Reflections of China

From EPCOT Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It’s a photographer’s paradise here. I can never take enough pictures. This was the first time I tried a night shot of this building. The intricate design and attention to detail make this a great subject. This is a 3 exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix and completed with Topaz Adjust.

Sarasota Picture Day

I went down to Sarasota, Florida Saturday the 25th to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum. I got a few cool car pics while I was there. After-wards I went down to the waterfront to take some pictures. I got to see this really unique statue and took several pictures of it. It is called The “Unconditional Surrender” Kiss. I posted it to flickr as well as here so check it out. Thanks for looking!