36/52 “Mr. Tampa”


I met “Mr. Tampa” the first morning I took my camera down to Lake Hancock to catch an Orlando sunrise. He was launching his flat bottom boat at the Thousand Trails Orlando RV Resort and Campground, and dad gummit, my Nikon battery was ‘dead in the water’ so to speak. By the time I returned with my Kodak, “Mr. Tampa” was half way across the lake.

We talked for the longest time on the day he agreed to be profiled, but we never exchanged names, only where we lived. Thus, the name. We talked of retirement and the RV lifestyle. He shared his secret to catching fish – shrimp. And he warned of the two 3-foot gators he had seen skimming the placid waters at dawn and in the beam of a flashlight in the cloak of darkness.

As you can see in the reflections, my daughter and her friend hung on every word.

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.

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6 thoughts on “36/52 “Mr. Tampa””

  1. I think on the third shot to the right it would have been nice to have had a close up of him holding the fish. Since we know he caught it this would give more interest to see what his mouth and hook etc. looked like.

    Great interview. At least you battery only died, my whole nikon, after nine years is dead. Now waiting on a canon.

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