Laskeside Dining In Branson Missouri

Branso Scene

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For a small town in the Ozarks, there are more restaurants and theaters in Branson than you can believe. This idyllic spot overlooks lake Taneycomo, ( short for Taney County Missouri). It’s a cold water reservoir formed from the White River. The average temperature of 49˚ makes it ideal for trout fishing and boating but swimmers are few and far between.

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The Dogs of Texture

I’ve been experimenting with the technique of overlaying a base image with multiple images of textures.  My first victims have been from my dog-park friends. So far there have been no complaints.

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“Punkin” (Southern for Pumpkin), the Maltie-Poo

Bill the Beagle

Barney the Yorkshire Terrier

Foxy the American Eskimo

Obviously, I was going for “realism” in these images. Some folks think such manipulation is a travesty. If you’re in that bunch, please read this article, from a much better photographer than I.

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Andrews Memorial Chapel – Dunedin, Florida

This former home of the First Presbyterian Church of Dunedin was built in 1888.   The architectural style is called Carpenter Gothic.  In 1929 the building was purchased by the Dunedin Historical Society and moved a few miles to it’s present location.  The move required cutting the building in half and reassembling on the new site.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places 1n 1972.  In part, the maintenance is funded by renting the premises for weddings, memorial services, and the like.

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Front view of chapel and gate

Front of the chapel viewed from San Mateo Drive

Side of the chapel viewed from North Buena Vista, Drive

Memprial brinck on the front walkway

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Mysterious Island

Nature trail illuminated by shafts of light. Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, Florida.

Honeymoon Island Nature Trail

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A Mountain Stream In HDR

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Adobe software just came out with Lightroom 6.0. It includes an exciting new feature, HDR Raw.  This allows me to combine multiple raw images into an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image without using Photoshop, Photomatix, or other software, losing the flexibility of working in a raw image.  Above is my first effort using this software.  I’m kind of psyched!

Below are the three images I combined to make the one above.


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3rd Friday Street Fair – Safety Harbor, Florida

On the 3rd Friday on the month, the Sheriff’s Deputies block off the first six blocks of Main Street about 4 P M for this community event.  You’ll find everything from street musicians to the Golden Retriever Rescue Society.  There’s all manner of food and drink vendors, civic clubs, and various entrepreneurs. The local restaurants put out sidewalk tables and a good time is had by all.  Click on any image for an enlargement.

Put a buck in his case, to pay for the cool jazz!

Having A Cold One With Some Cold Noses

Would you buy ANYTHING from this guy?

Support the Lions Club, Buy a Photo With the Rabbit!

Who says you can’t sell financial planning on the street?

Selling soap and skin care products she made in her home.

Buy a beer or a glass of wine, support your local Rotarian.

Fresh roasted coffee from his own farm in Costa Rica.

Selling Wood Products and Making Babies

One of several breed-specific dog rescue vendors looking for adopters.

Maybe she’s scowling because she stepped in something at the doggie rescue place?

3rd Friday is a favorite spot for teens.

She told me the Italian Ice business was slow that evening.

Sipping your drink or snacking from the many offerings is a favorite pastime while strolling Main Street.

I’m hungry, Honey. What do you say we eat first and shop later?

The musicians of the week warming up in the park Gazebo.

Third Friday is a good event for families.
During my two hours at the Festival, these guys had this table staked out the whole time. Poodle-man told me he didn’t ride motorcycles and his dog’s eyes were healthy. The goggles are to protect his pampered pup from UV trays. I love these guys!

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Pet Ownership in Florida

Gator Chases Small Dog

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A little compositing fun.  The alligator shot was public domain.  I took the picture of my little Maltese in a ‘gator free’ dog park.  I used Topaz Labs masking software, Adobe Photoshop CC 2014.

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