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Jurassic Park is as close as I could get to wild; photo taken last year on our Universal Studios Orlando trip.

Jurassic Park

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Time to replay December photos featured in my 2012 Photo of the Week series. Thanks to all WordPress bloggers and other readers who sent me a “like” or comment to help select my December Photo of the Month.

Side view of Hogwarts

49/52 Flying with Harry Potter flew to the top, besting 50/52 Baby’s 1st Birthday.

And post 52/52 Favor-able treatment was favored over 51/52 Christmas twirl.

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Click on the Photo of the Week link in my Categories list to read about these and other photos featured in my weekly series since January.

Click on the Photo of the Month link in my Categories list to review all Top 12 picks of 2012.

Coming Sunday, Jan. 6: The Readers’ Choice for the 2012 Photo of the Year honors.


Side view of Hogwarts

This is a side view of Hogwarts castle in Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando. Doubt that’s Harry Potter flying around up there on his Firebolt.

Flying with Harry Potter was the deciding factor when I asked my teenager to choose from Florida or North Carolina for our family vacation. This is a virtual ride so a fractured fibula didn’t keep me from enjoying it just as much as she did.

We were advised to stow our valuables in lockers before the ride so I’m still kicking myself in the butt for not taking a pocket camera. Also, my cell phone camera stinks so I don’t have inside photos to share.

We stood in line for almost two hours but this attraction is well worth the wait. We made our way through the classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts before soaring above the castle grounds with Harry and his friends.

The Harry Potter island of adventure also features Hogsmeade Village, Hogwarts Express,  the Frog Choir and two coaster attractions.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.


Poseidon’s Fury on The Lost Continent is one of many attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Again I took my Kodak so I could enjoy both amusement parks without fear of loss or breakage. And unfortunately, a fractured fibula limited my participation. So no quality inside perspective or thrilling outdoor shots. :(

This shot was difficult because I had to literally steady my camera on the ground and shoot up; needless to say it took many attempts while standing in the middle of the oncoming crowd. This is one of many times my Best Friend walked away pretending not to know me!! :-D

As you can see I did not take my photography seriously; it also rained on the second day so all in all this is a fine example of typical vacation photos suitable only for the family album.

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.


One of many views of Clearwater Beach from the Mega Bite dolphin watch excursion we took in June as part of our family vacation in Florida. We spent the rest of the day catching rays on the white sand beach, shopping for souvenirs at Ron Jon Surf Shop, checking out Hooters and eating supper at Cooters Restaurant & Bar before traveling back to our Thousand Trails RV Resort near Orlando.

What are Hooters? Restaurants, of course, and we just happened to stumble upon the original Hooters since 1983.

What’s a cooter?

According to www.cooters.com, a cooter is a type of freshwater turtle, generally found in the south. Cooters, the place, was referred to us by the Clearwater Beach locals when we asked where we could get a good Cuban sandwich.

FYI: I was afraid to take my new Nikon D5100 to the beach so in the slideshow below are my Kodak moments.

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Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.