There was an exceptional sunset yesterday that made me think for a second that the sun had crashed and exploded. The photographs do not even begin to show it as I saw it. The colors are off, the glare dominates, and the resolution is too low. I need a better camera.
One of the things that makes Florida so great are the clouds. They just seem to have so much more depth, size, and detail than they do up north. I guess it is how Florida makes up for not having cool mountains. Below are some of the clouds that were behind me as the sun set.
I didn't feel like doing much this week, so I explored DeviantArt for a while. I discovered the dragons of christopherburdett and sandara, plus this creature by dibujante-nocturno. I found the creepy-surreal colored blobs of anuvys, the spacescapes of pentegos, astroboy1, and tr1umph, the symbolic, black-light paintings of jlof, the (mostly fractal) abstracts of sparkystock, and the moody, watercolor forests of offermoord.
When not goofing off, I wrote for LocalTampaBay.com. I also drew several more creatures for planet Snax, but haven't finished the new writing that must go with them. I took my grandmother shopping. I also drew the creature above. Unlike my scanner, it seems my phone camera will pick up on fluorescent orange. The spiny-shell tree squid is yet another inhabitant of the planet Seelx. I also drew a few other doodles and took some pictures of my mother's flower garden. Click on "read more."
Well, I've been busy this month. I worked on my trilogy, I drew up the internal organs of a square crab, I read several books, I cleaned off my desk, I felt inspired to make a couple new posts on my politics blog, I wrote about grammar Nazis, and I wrote a poem, but mostly I've been working on LocalTampaBay.com. I've been exploring the area and writing about places. I also discovered some old photographs from last year I forgot to post before, so here they are:
I returned once again to the Camp Bayou Park in Ruskin, Florida in February 2016, but this time I went when the fossil exhibits were open. Florida has very few fossils from earlier than the Pleistocene, when there were giant pigs and Megalodon sharks, so the Velociraptor skull they have had to be brought in from elsewhere. Everywhere there are bits and pieces that used to be inside alligators, crocodiles, horses, llamas, and mammoths. On the floor was a mammoth tusk that probably weighs more than I do. There are original bones, mineralized bones, and resin casts. There are also many mollusks and echinoderms (sea biscuits!) represented, as well as agatized coral, Florida’s official state fossil and stone. I had never heard of such a thing. As it turns out, there are seven states without official fossils, including New Hampshire and Rhode Island, which along with Florida are the states I’m most familiar with.
I saw this black can outside of church one rainy day a few weeks ago. I had no idea what it was for, so I looked inside.
Apparently it's a trash can.
These were all taken in the past two months from all over the neighborhood. Click on the "read more" link to see the rest.
Since I drive by it so often, I decided to stop in Haslam’s Bookstore in St. Petersburg, Florida and check it out. It is so big inside that they actually provide a store map. They cover all sorts of fiction and non-fiction, including physics. They even have signed, first-edition copies by famous people. These are kept behind glass. In the same vein of my goofy review of the Marietta Museum, I wrote a review about them....
I had heard of a place in Sarasota, Florida called the Marietta Museum of Art and Whimsy and so I decided to check it out. The website mentioned it was closing for construction in June, so I knew I had to act fast. It was pretty cool and I wrote an account of my adventure for you, but I was in a goofy mood that night......
Hello, my name is Dan. I am an author, artist, explorer, and contemplator of subjects large and small. I like bacon. I like pizza. I like bacon pizza. I enjoy long walks on the beach, but prefer the mountains. I am a huge fan of Jesus. When I grow up, I want to be just like him and create my own universes.