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.

Sunday Replays: August Photo of the Month


Time to replay August 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 August Photo of the Month.

The smile and cute little suction cup feet of Orlando crooner (American Green Tree Frog) won the hearts of my WordPress readers. Although down a couple of star ratings, Orlando Moth (Giant Leopard Moth) does have one more ‘like’ than the frog (at the time of this post) so I call it a draw for first place. Orlando Anole pulled in enough likes with his ‘disappearing’ act to take third place and Orlando cranes came in fourth.

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

I will continue to post a POW each Sunday and the winning POM thoughout 2012, culminating with everyone’s pick for Photo of the Year. I encourage everyone to comment on or rate each photo of the week to ultimately decide my “Best of the Best.”