Seminole County Florida

Explaining Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom for Camera Buyers

Concerning digital cameras, there are two types of camera zooms, optical and digital.  These same descriptions fit video cameras too. Optical is the true zoom.  With optical, the camera’s lens is created to zoom in on an object.  The more optical zoom, the better.  Digital is a fake zoom.  Instead of zooming, digital cuts into... Read More »

An Alice in Wonderland Costume Event in Sanford, Florida

Back in April 2010, Little Fish-Huge Pond hosted an Alice in Wonderland event.  Little Fish-Huge Pond exists in Sanford, a forty-five minute drive away from Orlando, Florida. For those that don’t know, the original name for Lewis Caroll’s book is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Stage, film and television shortened it to the name most people recognize.... Read More »

Three Laughing Buddha Figurines

Usually, I see figurines of the Laughing Buddha (Budai in Chinese) more than I see figurines of Siddhartha Buddha. Actually, the Laughing Buddha is a Chinese monk often confused with Siddhartha. Budai is often depicted as a laughing, fat, bald guy. His laughing earned him the name The Laughing Buddha. I photographed the following images... Read More »

Two Seminole County Florida Cemetaries: Oaklawn Memorial Park and Evergreen Municipal Cemetary

A Facebook friend challenged me to photograph a cemetery. “You know black people are afraid of graveyards, don’t you?” I said. Because she’s a white woman with a half-black son, she understood.  She explained despite being raised in an atheist home, her son is still afraid of ghosts. During the late afternoon, I took the... Read More »

A Masquerade Event in Downtown Sanford, Florida

Last November, I attended a birthday masquerade party at Little Fish-Huge Pond.  Little Fish exists in Downtown Sanford, Florida. Masquerade balls originated in 15th century Venice, Italy.  During the Venetian Carnival, members of the upper-class held dances as they wore masks.  Also during these events, because of the mask wearing, hedonistic behavior became the norm. ... Read More »

Smiling Young Ladies at Lake Mary’s Graffiti Junktion

Last St. Patrick’s Day, I joined a friend at Graffiti Junktion.  Graffiti Junktion is a burger bar located in four different areas across Central Florida. I joined my friend at the one located in Lake Mary. During the drinking of cheap beer at the bar counter, my friend talked to young ladies who passed by... Read More »

Hot Air Balloons Flying Over My Apartment Complex

From 1979 to 1992, I lived in St, John’s Village Apartments.  A twenty minute drive from Orlando,  St, John’s existed in Fern Park, Florida.  Here I lived with my mother and younger brother. One January morning in 1985, hot air balloons flew over the apartment complex.  I think this was a Saturday. I forgot what... Read More »

A Car Resembling a Creation from the Movie TRON

When it comes to custom cars, I’ve witnessed many varieties.  Some containing huge wheels and shiny rims.  Others painted one color on top and another color on the bottom.  Yet, one Friday night during a DJ gig, one car definitely stood out among the rest.  Locals called it The TRON Car. This happened in Downtown... Read More »

Southern Magnolia Flowers in Downtown Sanford, Florida

One morning, I drove through Downtown Sanford, Florida.  As I cruised 1st Street, I noticed a magnolia tree on a corner.  Noticing the tree’s white flowers, I parked the car and took out my iPhone. Because they grow in the Deep South, these magnolia varieties are called southern magnolias. (How original is that for a... Read More »

A Huge Canary Island Date Palm in Casslberry, Florida

During a late afternoon, I drove to Casselberry, Florida.   Usually, I pass through Casselberry when I travel Highway 17-92 from Orlando to Sanford. On the way to Sanford, I would always notice the outdoor water fountains located in two Casselberry ponds. Owning a love for photographing outdoor fountains, I finally decided photographing the Casselberry water... Read More »

Christ Statue at St. Mary Magdalen

For years, I’ve always drove by a Christ statue located at St. Mary Magdalen Parish.   St. Mary Magdalen exists in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Finally, one night with my iPhone, I decided to photograph the Christ statue. Enough light already shined on it, reason why I avoided flash. After photographing, I drove home and began editing... Read More »

A Funny Biker Chick Sign in Sanford’s The Alley

A venue hosting live blues music, The Alley exists in Downtown Sanford, Florida.  One night, I noticed a pink metal sign hanging on the bar’s brick wall.  A smile formed on my face. Taking out my iPhone, I felt the need to photograph the sign. Follow and like... Read More »

Dreadlocked Black Guy Wearing a Silver Mask

One night during a DJ gig, I noticed a black guy putting on a plastic silver mask.  With long dreadlocks touching his shoulders, I thought the mask added a cool touch. Actually, the mask belonged to the bar.  At Little Fish-Huge Pond in Sanford, hats and other masks are always available for a drunk bar... Read More »

Monarch Butterfly Landing on Florida Orange Blossom

In Downtown Sanford, Florida, a small orange grove exists by a hotel.  Knowing I might be trespassing, I walked to the orange grove anyway. I noticed a Monarch butterfly landing on top of an orange blossom. In Florida, most Monarchs are usually seen during the winter months. I spotted the one on the blossom in... Read More »

An Apartment Building’s Reflection in a Pond

One morning, I drove my uncle and grandmother to my grandmother’s  doctor appointment.  My Uncle Hollis, who doesn’t drive or own a car, is her caretaker. Across the street from the doctor’s building, I noticed a lake located in front of an apartment complex.  I walked across the street to the lake’s edge. With my... Read More »