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gblowfish 08:05 PM 04-05-2020
With all the shelter at home stuff, thought I'd start a fun thread to help get our minds on better times. I am not a professional or high level amateur photographer, but I have taken some cool pictures over the years. If you've taken pictures that you're proud of, how bout posting a couple,and explaining what they are?

I'll Start:

St. Louis July 2003. I was staying downtown in that beer can shaped hotel by the arch. I got a call around midnight that my mom was taken to ICU in Arkansas, and was in bad shape. I got up at dawn as the sun was rising over the Mississippi river. I took this picture looking east. Went to the chapel in the center and said a prayer for my parents. Mom got out of ICU 66 days later.

Alley Springs, MO: From around 2002, near Eminence,MO.

Hotel Bothwell, Sedalia,MO. Shot at sundown in downtown Sedalia.

Desoto Sign, Carthage, MO. On a trip to Arkansas, took the scenic route 2018.

Missouri Hwy 13 Bridge, Lexington, MO: Looking north during the flood of 1993.
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Hydrae 10:34 AM 09-09-2020
Originally Posted by Hoover:
Here's a shot from this morning at 7:30 out my brothers back door.
Wow, he lives in a bowl!
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Bugeater 06:11 PM 10-21-2020
This is where I am right now, Inn on Fall River, Estes Park, CO. It's a slice of heaven.


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DeepPurple 07:51 PM 10-21-2020
The golf course I played last Friday in The Villages, drove my own cart to the course. It's not as tough as it looks, didn't lose one ball. This is Belle Glade, we have 12 championship courses and 10 are 27 hole layouts like this one. We have 40 executive courses, which are 9 hole layouts of Par 3 and Par 4's, they're free. Summer rate was for this course was $36.



My courtyard villa home in The Villages I bought new 9 years ago for $157K. I do my own landscaping, no grass to cut, so it's not that hard. The screen on the garage door keeps out lizards, snakes and bugs and yet you can leave the door up all day. Yes, the Sylvester Palm on the right needed trimming, I took care of that last week. The way to retire is to clear enough off your last house to pay cash for this one. No mortgage and amenity fee, TV, water, sewage, electric and phone/internet maybe $500 a month. This photo is about 2 months old and all the shrubs have just about doubled in size since then.



Maybe some of you guys can post a photo of your home, it would be interesting to see how everyone else lives in the various parts of our country.
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Rain Man 09:17 PM 10-21-2020
Nice place, DeepPurple. When I did my retirement location study in that thread a while back, Florida ranked pretty high for me. My wife has given it the spousal veto due to humidity, but if I was the king I'd definitely consider it as an eventual retirement location.
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DeepPurple 08:32 AM 10-22-2020
Originally Posted by Rain Man:
Nice place, DeepPurple. When I did my retirement location study in that thread a while back, Florida ranked pretty high for me. My wife has given it the spousal veto due to humidity, but if I was the king I'd definitely consider it as an eventual retirement location.
No humidity, I guess you're going to Arizona. I've never been there, but I grew up 100 miles from here in St. Petersburg, so I knew Florida would be my final location. I'm away from the water, which makes it nicer during hurricane season, but it's only a 90 minute drive to the Gulf beaches if I want to go. We are one hour from Orlando and an hour and half from Tampa. It's a good central location and we are at the intersection of I-75 and the Florida Turnpike, which makes everywhere accessible.

When I lived up in Maryland, I found half of the days in August it would hit 100, it never goes above 95 here. Humidity, isn't that what air conditioning is for? Come January when it's bitter cold in most places, we're about 70 degrees, if it goes down to 50 then that's really cold.

The Villages is still the fastest growing area in America, they sell about 200 new homes a month. Unfortunately all the homes are across the Florida Turnpike, they had to built three golf cart bridges for everyone to get from the new area to the established areas. This bridge crosses SR 44. The established area is 35 square miles and 2020 census was 127,000 people.





My golf cart, 2011 Yamaha I bought new. I think we'll go to McDonalds for lunch and get an Egg McMuffin.


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neech 08:37 AM 10-22-2020
^^^

You're living the life of Riley and deservedly so, good for you.
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Bugeater 10:44 AM 10-22-2020
The Stanley Hotel under the backdrop of forest fire smoke.


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DaFace 02:10 PM 10-22-2020
Originally Posted by Bugeater:
This is where I am right now, Inn on Fall River, Estes Park, CO. It's a slice of heaven.

Hope you weren't planning on spending much time in the Park. And that the smoke isn't terribly bothersome.
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htismaqe 02:16 PM 10-22-2020
I love storms. This was 2 years and 2 weeks ago, just east of where I live. Pretty sizable rotation in the rear with a massive powerful downdraft in front of it.
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htismaqe 02:41 PM 10-22-2020
Here's a couple of photos of a shelf cloud as a strong storm rolled through. The first photo is of the cloud itself. The 2nd is a closeup of the front edge, where the wind gusts were strong enough to create a debris cloud.
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eDave 02:54 PM 10-22-2020
Probably the only thing I ever really miss about KC are the storms. Thanks for the pics. They are really good.
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htismaqe 03:07 PM 10-22-2020
Originally Posted by eDave:
Probably the only thing I ever really miss about KC are the storms. Thanks for the pics. They are really good.
Glad you like them. I'll just dump a few of my favorites here. I apologize for the yard clutter, we live on a farm. :-)
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htismaqe 03:09 PM 10-22-2020
Can only upload 5 at a time.
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htismaqe 03:11 PM 10-22-2020
Finally, this really isn't weather but it's cool.

It's not the sun, it's actually the moon and it was pitch black outside save for a black light behind me. I was testing the night mode on my iPhone 11 Pro.
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eDave 03:11 PM 10-22-2020
Originally Posted by htismaqe:
Can only upload 5 at a time.
First one made me go woah.
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