Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House, Knoxville, TN

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A couple weeks back I traveled to the Knoxville, TN, area with a friend to visit her family. Along the way I got some really nice shots. The weather was perfect. Though it was February, the sun shone, the temps were warm and the people and food I met were wonderful.

Our first stop was a ‘que place my friend knew about. It’s not near the airport nor is it on the way anywhere we were going. Her son-in-law is from the area and had taken her there previously. Fortunately, I got to go, too! read more

Patel Brothers Indian Marketplace, Tampa, FL

Because I am now writing a second blog with a friend called America’s Test Chicken, I’ve gotten deeply involved in the cuisine of India. One of the challenges we faced in exploring the exotic ingredients was finding them! We paid far too much for the spices at gourmet supermarkets, if we could even find them.

However, I discovered an Indian supermarket in Tampa! It’s part of a huge chain called Patel Brothers that has 50 locations in the USA.

Most locations are in the eastern part of the country, but one is in California. Apparently it’s been around for many years and must be a boon to Indian people who want to cook food from their home country. I know I would have loved an American supermarket in Germany at times. In addition, the prices are really cheap at Patel! read more

Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County, FL

Those of you who are my FB friends might have seen some of these shots before. My good photographer friend, Paula Showen, and I ventured out to Fort De Soto Park recently for a day of shooting.

The park’s 1136 acres covers five small islands, or keys, just south of St. Petersburg, Florida. There’s an abundance of water and wildlife, as well as well-kept amenities like restrooms, playgrounds, campsites and pavilions.

The park is named after the old military fortress whose remains still exist inside the park. Although the fortress was built near the Spanish American War times (around 1900), the fort was named after Hernando De Soto, a Spanish explorer who lived in the 1500s. read more

Hillsborough River State Park in Florida

Located on Florida Highway 301 in Thonotosassa near Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park offers 2990 acres of hiking, kayaking, picnicking, canoeing, camping, swimming and more. Lots of Florida flora and fauna for a very reasonable price.

Digital Fantasy Photos

Using Adobe Photoshop, I combined several photographs into one. Here are the results of my attempts at digital manipulation, including the originals and results from two photo shoots at public parks in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Clearwater, FL, Chalk Walk

A stroll down the seaside sidewalk in Clearwater, Florida, to see the chalk artists creating. Lots of cartoon characters and 3D effect works, plus tents of food, clothing, jewelry and other handmade arts to shop in Tampa Bay.

Heritage Village Photo Excursion in Largo, Florida

Largo, Florida, in the Tampa Bay area, is home to Heritage Village, an open-air museum in Pinellas County. Historical buildings, artifacts, tools, clothes and furnishings depict homes, a firehouse, a gas station, an antique train and many other relics of past Florida living. Here are my photos.