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A few from our hols in Florida

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stuart2588
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« on: June 25, 2009, 08:56:00 pm »

Hey all

We are not long back from our hols to New York and Florida.

Here are some pics I managed to get while out there.

This first one is on approach to Newark airport just outside New York.

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This is a view from the Empire State Building taken by my bro as I am not too good with the heights.

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This was taken from 34000ft in alot of turbulance on our way from New York to Tampa Florida.

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These next few are of a thunderstorm that drifted up Tampa Bay at 745am. That is The Tampa Skyway Bridge in the distance. It is something like 18 storeys tall.

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At this stage my bro and I decided to go a walk down to the bay front to see if we could get some more pics. This is the Anna Maria local pier. It is a restaurant at the end with fishermen fishing for sharks.

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One of the fishermen told us that there had been a waterspout in the bay the day before and pointed out this wall type cloud lowering. There was alot of wind being sucked into the storm at this point and a mini funnel looked like it was trying to form.

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Here is one of a sunset to the north of the island on a place called Bean Point.

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Here is a pic of a dolphin playing right in front of us. On this particualar morning we decided to get up for sunrise to watch this fish feeding. (Sharks are frequently spotted at this time.) We were sitting at the end of the pier that I photographed above, when this dolphin decided to give us a free show. The local fishermen were all laughing at us snapping away with the camera. The dolphin jumped 4 or 5 times.

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Caught this one on another pier. This was incredible to watch. They dive bomb for fish. They certainly could give the local fishermen a lesson or two.

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On this night we decided to drive to a place called St Armands Circle in Sarasota. We spotted this car which is $1,150,000!! There were houses for sale in this area for $53 million.

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These last 3 were taken in Orlando Florida. We were in Downtown Disney when this huge storm arrived. ( This was the thunderstorm that delayed Nasa launching the shuttle). It lasted at least 4 hours and we were totally soaked running to get the car. The roads were like mini streams at one point. But the drainage systems were incredible. The water dissapeared instantly. The lpcal weather channel had said that this storm produced over 5200 lightning strikes. I have got some video of lightning that I will have to post up. My brother also got some nice pics.

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All in all this was an amazin hol! I want to go back lol

Stu
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2009, 09:14:20 pm »

Great shots Stuart! I especially like #7 - the one with the pier and the storm behind it. Now tell me you also went to the Kennedy Space Center!
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2009, 09:46:06 pm »

Stuart, those are crackers!!, excellent storm shots and what a neat looking shelf cloud with 'teeth'. The shot with the shelf and pier is an absolute winner. Thanks very much for sharing them  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2009, 09:56:48 pm »

Great images Stuart. Love all the shelf cloud photos, especially the one behind the pier. As Paul mentioned, did you get to KSC? You were this close!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2009, 11:27:01 pm »

Great set of shots Stuart, that Pier and storm cloud for me too.
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009, 10:39:14 am »

Wonderful photos. Loved them. No. 2 is a cracker. You wouldn't get me up there either  Stuart, let alone taking a photo.   Grin

What I like about these ,too is  the variety. We want to go therefor a hol (mainly so I can see the TS's lol)

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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009, 01:06:56 pm »

Excellent report Stuart!  Smiley US have great weather as always!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2009, 12:00:37 pm »

Thanks for all the kind replies guys! We had planned to drive down to the space centre through the night to catch the launch of the shuttle, but when we got back in after that huge storm we watched the weather channel all evening and found out that they had cancelled the misson.

Florida is an amazing place. There is so much to do. I love it!

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