We flew from balmy Cleveland, OH (58 degrees) to warmer Tampa, FL (88 degrees). Rented a car and headed down I-275. Stopped for lunch in St Petersburg, at the brand new Stillwaters Tavern, located across the street from The Museum of Fine Arts.
|Ceiba pentandra/Kapok Tree at the Museum of Fine Arts|
|Closeup of the Kapok tree trunk|
| Ficus benghalensis/Banyan Tree|
at the Museum of Fine Arts
|Tamiko in the Banyan tree (KSS)|
|Kent dwarfed by a Banyan tree|
|Kent noticed something under this information kiosk|
|A tiny statue of a bird pulling a worm|
|Crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (1982-1987)|
Friday, November 13, 2015
After going out for breakfast, we wasted a lot of time trying to get on the internet. Finally headed to the pool to read, but found the wedding BBQ party was already underway. Dan & Maggie were providing and cooking the food at a lunch the day before their wedding!
We had to drive to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport to pick up Brynne.
|Circus Parade mosaic on a Wells Fargo bank|
in Sarasota, FL, the winter home of the
Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus
|Ardea alba/Great Egret crashing the party;|
he did snatch a hot dog!
|Lawn games included cornhole,|
the Swedish game of kubb, and giant Jenga
Kent, Brynne, and I walked over to Siesta Beach, a white sand beach of 99% pure crystal quartz.
|Rynchops niger/Black Skimmer|
|Thalasseus maximus/Royal Tern|
|Professional sand sculptors:|
Greg Grady & Damon Langlois
|Free Minded by Melineige Beauregard & Joris Kivits;|
Second place and People's Choice winner
|We the People by Jan Zelinka & Radovan Zivny|
|Aratinga nenday/Nanday or Black-hooded Parakeets;|
they have become invasive
|Signs everywhere made sure you knew|
which was the #1 Beach USA!
Next: Wedding in Florida 2.