In a departure from my normal posts, I decided to share a slice of the paradise I call home. I live in Pinellas County and realize that I have been remiss in sharing the county which I love. For this post, I decided to drive down St. Pete Beach to Pass-a-Grille and then head across the Pinellas Bayway to Fort De Soto – taking pics all the way. All of the things in these pics are everyday events – anyone who came to Fort De Soto could see any of these things… This is just a regular day here. I did not take any photography of the historic fort, as I wanted to capture the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and the essence of where I live. As always, click on the picture to read the caption… And, yes, I’m aware of the huge number of pics of the same bridge. I like it. :) Also, you may notice that there are no pictures of white sandy beaches – I don’t need to take those pictures, there are already tons of those out there and they’re likely much better than mine. I wanted to share the parts of the park you may not have seen before.
I took the pics, as always, on a Canon T3i and processed in iPhoto for OS X on my MacBook. The lenses were a 55-250mm f.4-5.6, a 50mm f/1.8, and a 28mm f/1.8. I used a number of different exposure settings and played with a lot of shutter speeds to find what worked best.
I hope you enjoy the pics… I’ll do some more posts of non-Disney subjects this summer, I’m sure.
Pass-a-Grille beach parking.
Pass-a-Grille on the Intracoastal Waterway side.
The Pinellas County Sheriff getting it done.
Over the Intracoastal Waterway.
Streetview has nothing on me.
So, this is a mailbox…
Waiting to head off of St. Pete Beach to the Bayway.
Oh, hey! Tropicana Field, home of the Rays!
Heading southward, toward the park, looking east.
Not a lot of traffic…
My favorite watch.
Wayyyyy in the distance is the goal for tonight’s photos: the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Approaching the park.
It’s a huge park and wasn’t too busy!
There’s the Sunshine Skyway. I came down here to frame my shots and will return here for sunset.
The view from the East Beach.
Straight south – Manatee County.
Random Kawasaki. Three bikers were down there, just enjoying the weather and taking pics of one of their new bikes.
An old friend showed up, hadn’t seen her in a couple of years, so I did the creepy thing: took a pic of her tattoo.
But, hey, it turned out well! She’s getting it covered up with the hibiscus design you see at the bottom, it’ll eventually cover the entire old tattoo and will look stunnning. I’ll have to share with you guys the result.
Car people love this beach, too.
Footprints and crab homes.
A flock of birds zooms by.
The beach is mine!
Man’s best friend.
Do you see the baby fish?
Tiny little fry…
A piece of palm tree goes floating by…
Walking on water.
Mangrove sprouting up from its pod.
Sailboat! I wish I had better camera lenses.
One of my cars… I used to be more of a car guy. Now I’m all boring.
This sign is serious. It looks peaceful and calm, but you will likely die in the currents.
DUDE! THE SIGN! DON’T DO IT!!!
Heading out to the North Beach.
Back past the entrance…
Segways, mount up!
This palm tree tried to hit me with that shoulder lean…
Beautiful Spanish moss growing over a clump of trees…
Back into the Arrowhead picnic area.
I love nature.
So much beauty by the picnic area…
A family out enjoying the sandbar. You can anchor your boat right there and hang out.
Sun’s getting low! I’d better head back to the East Beach for pics of the Skyway!
I heard a noise and jumped out of my car to see a FREAKING BIPLANE overhead! Here’s a zoomed-in shot. I didn’t have time to switch to a telephoto lens.
Flying over my head and into the sunset…
I can’t imagine how free that pilot feels.
Awesome. Just awesome. Buzzed by a biplane.
It’s about that time!
Look at her. Such a beautiful sight… caused by such a terrible tragedy.
Firey red as the sun sets behind me.
I messed up the exposure on this shot, so I went artsy in post.
Zooming in a bit.
Black and white… Still beautiful.
I tried to make it look stormy.
The shot I really wanted. Mission accomplished.