Tuesday, April 3, 2012

It is a Precious Thing and It is a holy thing





Obstacles and delays can be blessings in disguise.  Our nephew, a London Architect, is visiting us and he is a joy to have in our home.  He sketches and has accompanied me plein air painting.  This week, on our agenda was to view the new Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, designed by architects HOK from Tampa, Florida, Yann Weymouth being the chief architect.

Dali Museum


The new building‘s 68,000 sqf doubles the size of the original one storey warehouse Dali Museum built in 1982.
Utilizing free-form geodesic geometry, the triangulated glass organically flows around and attaches to the rigid unfinished concrete box, a play of hard and soft, protecting Dali’s paintings and simultaneously providing natural daylight and openness to the adjacent bay. This is the first use of this type of free-form geodesic geometry in the United States.
Mesmerizing visitors within the museum is the coiled concrete form that greets them at the reception desk. The poured in place raw concrete spiral staircase is fitted with light cable-stayed stainless steel guardrails. The material choices provide a subtle juxtaposition along with an obvious nod to Dali’s allure with the double helix and other spiral forms in nature.

St. Petersburg Harbour


7 foot Manatee
The Grand Prix was the previous weekend and the road blocks were yet to be uninstalled which forced us to park and wind our way along the waterfront to the Museum.  I particularly wanted A to view the Museum from the water.  We noticed a ripple in the water and what should it be???  a manatee.  
Manatee came to us, she liked our whistling
We whistled and it came to the sea wall

We asked for her blessing
The size of this Manatee is approximately 7 feet.
A saying Good-bye to the Manatee
Our day was spectacular.  Art, architecture and the manatee.

Do you seek out buildings because of the architect?

Bright Blue Rose - Written and sung by Jimmy MacCarthy. (dark hair)  Christy Moore joins in.


75 comments:

  1. Frank Gehry...because he is Canadian and crazy.
    Raymond Moryama...because he is Canadian and so Japanese.
    I.M. Pei and Frank Lloyd Wright...just because.
    Loved the video...thanks for posting

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    1. Hello Jacqueline. Yes, for Frank Gehry. If you have not seen them www.charlierose.org has two wonderful interviews with Gehry. Raymond Moriyama is the architect for the War Museum in Ottawa. We attended an opening function and he was present.
      I M Pei's Commerce Court in Toronto is impressive too. I also agree with your choice of Frank Lloyd Wright.
      Can I add Foster and Partners, who are building the new Apple campus in Cupertino, Ca. I have a selfish motive for this one!!

      Glad you liked the music.

      Helen xx

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  2. Oh, my, Helen, what a fabulous museum!!! I had heard of it, but I don't think I had seen photos before. Simply outstanding! Dali would have loved it, I think, don't you? And to see the Manatee was wonderful, but to think it would come when you whistled!!! Wow!! A miraculous day, to be sure!
    Have a blessed Holy week,
    xx
    dawne

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    1. Hello Dawne

      I hope you visit St. Petersburg one day. The new Dali Museum is quite spectacular and it is the largest collection of Dali paintings in the world. One would think his native Spain?
      Seeing this huge manatee was indeed spectacular. A had not ever seen one before. It was a miraculous day. A very Happy Easter to you and your family

      Helen xx

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  3. What a fabulous building Helen and how lovely to see the Manatee. We saw quite a few Manatee when we visited Florida....they are so endearing, aren't they ?
    Whenever we want an 'architecture fix', we just hop on a train to London. A twenty minute ride takes us to the city filled with such diverse architecture !!
    Have a lovely week Helen. xxxx

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    1. Hello Jacqueline. It is marvelous that you sighted Manatee when in Florida. They are quite rare and many suffer injuries from boat props.
      You are fortunate to be living in London with such incredible architecture and history and if need be you can hop on a plane and be on the Continent is no time.

      Have a great week

      Helenxx

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  4. I have never met a Manatee and am envious; the music is suitably plaintive for my sad state. May your nephew enjoy the rest of his stay with you - you are clearly entertaining him well.

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    1. Hello Mise

      I hope your wish of meeting a Manatee is fulfilled one day. I trust and hope your sad state was very short lived and that your joyful spirit is restored. My nephew has departed and there is a definite void, he has a wonderful sense of humour too and could possibly have been an actor or comedian, so one can imagine the nonsense that transpired.

      Wishing you a very Happy Easter

      Helen xx

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  5. Dear Helen, What a coincidence that I was just listening to a talk by an architect, looking into the spiritual dimensions of buildings. I do seek out buildings based on architects and I love that Manatee. My week started off rocky but after this manatee sighting I feel better. Love, Mona

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    1. Hello Mona

      I hope your week has turned around and that fun is restored and the cats are up to their tricks. I would love to hear the lecture you listened to on the spiritual side of buildings.
      We, too, love to seek out buildings by architects and how curious that their names do not appear anywhere in the building.
      My nephew likened it to Rodin sculpting and not signing it.

      Wishing you a very Happy Easter

      Helen xx

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  6. just found your blog through the girl party link up :)

    lovely photos and heart!

    XO
    Erin

    sweetnessitself.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Erin

      A big warm welcome to you and thank you for finding my blog and for your kind words. I will look forward to knowing your blog

      Helen xx

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  7. Loved the visit through your eyes

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments and for visiting.
      Wishing you a week full of joy xx

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  8. Dear Helen,
    How great to see you again and enjoying your time with your nephew.
    I remembered the blog about the manatee that came to visit by your house! How exciting to see another, and for him to come to your whistle call.

    I do love to see interesting buildings. I am not familiar with the architects thats build them.
    I do so much want however to visit the Goudi buildings in Barcelona. I hope one day I can be able to do that.

    Dali would have been proud of HOK and Weymouth..
    Great photos Helen, loved this post
    The song is lovely.. god bless .. val

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    1. Hello Valerie

      Sadly his visit has ended and he is now back in London. It was absolutely spectacular for him to see a Manatee. It was one of the highlights of his trip.

      Like you, Valerie, I would love to see Gaudi's work and hope to one day.

      You are right, I also feel Dali would have been proud of the new museum and the architect did a wonderful job on this project.
      Glad you liked the music.

      Helen xx

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  9. Hello Helen:
    What a superb building. Like so much of Dali's work, this shimmering mass positively flows with a liquidity which is quite likely to take one's breath away. It is, we feel, more than itself and where it attaches to the solidity of the concrete box behind, as you point out, it becomes an art work in its own right. Wonderful and inspirational and a most fitting home for what we believe to be one of the great contemporary artists of our time. And, unlike so much modern architecture, it is completely removed from becoming a pastiche of past times.

    As for the Manatee, this is totally new to us! As you might well guess!

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance

      Your thoughts on the architecture complimenting Dali's work is indeed valid. The architect did a wonderful job and it has humour, which seemed to be very much a part of Dali's life and some of his art.
      I hope some day you will visit and on that day I will, if I have to, dredge the harbour and find you a Manatee. They are gentle, vegan, docile and trusting.

      A very Happy Easter

      Helen xx

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  10. My goodness--I had no idea there was a Dali Museum in FL. That seems so incongruous somehow, and I love it!

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    1. Hello Jen

      It is true. The Dali collection here in St. Petersburg is the largest I believe in the world. Mr & Mrs Morse, patrons of the Artist donated the collection to the City of St Petersburg
      To read more
      http://thedali.org/welcome/museum_history.html

      Wishing you a very Happy Easter

      xx

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  11. Dear Helen,

    What an amazing building this is. I like the way it looks! Your nephew must have liked it. I hope the exhibition was worth while.

    We visited an exhibition of Dali and some of his contemporaries (magic realism) several years ago. It was one of the best I have seen in a long time.

    Wish you and your family a Happy Easter!

    Madelief x

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    1. Hello Madelief

      It is indeed a marvelous building and the location is world class. Yes my nephew did enjoy seeing it and I benefitted from seeing it with him, he explained some very positive parts and then what he would do differently. Of course we had to walk all around the building and see where the shipping door was and such. It was amusing as a group overheard him speak and followed us, they possibly thought he was a tour guide.

      How interesting to read of the exhibition you speak of. It is always wonderful when it remains with us long after the visit.

      A very Happy Easter Madelief

      Helen xx

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  12. What a lovely post, Helen! I've visited the old Dali museum but it looks as if I need to see the update!!! And that sweet manatee that came to you...truly awesome!

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    1. Hello Becky


      You must make it a point to return to St. Petersburg and view the new Dali Museum. There are some great restaurants too. It was a delightful surprise to find one so large swimming in St. Petersburg Harbour. Have a very Happy Easter/Passover

      Helen xx

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  13. Wow the Dali museum does look most impressive Helen and how delightful that you could share the experience with a dear nephew. Plus to have the manatee respond to your whistles must have made the day. So special!
    xx

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    1. Hello Annie

      It is a beautiful museum both from the architectural standpoint and also the rich collection of paintings. What is of interest is that Dali's earlier paintings were impressionistic and I just love one early piece in particular.
      My nephew had a lovely time and is now back in London. We miss him

      Happy Easter and Passover

      Helenxx

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  14. Looks like a beautiful interior. Not sure how I feel about the "enigma" of the exterior--although it is interesting! Re: seeking out buildings--Back in the day, so to speak, we sought out buildings for the architect all the time (we were architects, after-all). Now I seek out a building not as much for the architect as for what the building does (museum, library, station, etc.-- especially if historic). Some of my historic favorites: Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson, McKim, Mead & White, and some Frank Lloyd Wright. Great post, Helen! And the manatee are spectacular! :)

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    1. Hello Elizabeth Rose,
      Thank you for enlightening me of the works of such incredible architects. I have been having a "field day" researching and viewing their work. I have yet to research Mead and White.
      I did not know you were/are architects but I am not surprised as your drawings are so beautful and skilled. Sincere thanks Elizabeth for this superb lesson in architecture and a very Happy Easter

      Helen xx

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  15. Good morning Helen dearest!!!!! I LOVE MANATEES! I adore them and their kind faces and I so wish I could see one! Striking how only in your neck of the woods that they can be found!

    What glorious weather you must be having! We are having sunny days but still a bit too chilly to start putting out flowers. Thank you SO much for your kind comment and visit. I wish you the most GRACEful Easter blessings! Anita

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    1. Happy Easter Anita to you and Ruben

      Yes manatees have such kind and trusting faces and it makes me want to crawl into the water and guard and protect them. I wonder if the temperature of the water in this area is the appeal.
      Enjoy the remainder of your reading week

      Helen xx

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  16. Happy Easter Dear Helen to you and your family
    Visiting the Dali museum would be a real treat!!! I'm a bit of Dali fan.. born the same day [not year of course!! haha].. Have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

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    1. Hello Julie

      Yes Dali created many masterpieces and he was also well marketed and lived the artistic life.
      How interesting you share his birthdate. Wishing you a very Happy Easter

      Helen xx

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  17. Helen,

    What a wonderful Easter Blessing! Love museums being an art histoy major I was constantly going because many classes met at the museums and feel the need to keep up on such a great mind expanding adventure. Nature just waits for us to notice and really appreciates us when we do.

    Happy Blessed Easter Weekend!

    Bette

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    1. Happy Easter Bette

      With you profession I can understand your wanting to visit museums frequently. They always inspire no matter how frequent we visit there is something new that catches our imagination.

      Your word it so beautifully about nature
      Helen xx

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  18. Hello Helen, What a wonderful post! My 15 year old son wants to be an architect, so I can only hope that in the future it will be his buildings I go to see!
    Have a very Happy Easter weekend, Jane xx

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    1. Hello Jane

      A very Happy Easter to you.

      How exciting that your son is interested in architecture. My nephew (A) decided to pursue architecture when he was 15 yrs also. It appears to be the right age.
      Wishing you son much success and perhaps his path shall cross my nephews in the world of architecture

      Helen xx

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  19. Wow, I LOVE that building. Gorgeous.

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    1. Hello Rachel

      Yes it does make a statement and it would look better if taken with a wide angle lense.
      Happy Easter
      Helen xx

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  20. A beautiful and interesting post, Helen!

    And "Bright Blue Rose" - what an Easter Blessing! Such a lovely, lovely song!
    Thank you for this present.

    Which you and yours a Happy Easter,
    karin

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    1. Hello Karin

      A very Happy Easter to you and your family.

      I am thrilled you enjoyed this post.

      Karin, how observant of you to get the significance of"Bright Blue Rose" It is a beautiful song and also one which one wants to hear often.

      My best,
      Helen xx

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  21. That building is amazing, I've never seen it before.
    Happy Easter Helen.

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    1. Hello Tabitha - yes amazing is a good word to describe this building. I opened just over a year ago so is relatively new.
      Happy Easter to you and your family

      Helen xx

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  22. Dear Helen...I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Easter, and that you were able to share it with your nephew, what a treat to have him there with you! Also, thank you for your kind comment, the thought of you 'pondering' was very speical.

    I'm sure the Dali museum is fascinating...I'll have to tell my mother about it, she's recently become enamoured with his work after seeing that they've created similar works, she believes she's found a kindred spirit!

    Love the song, it gave me chills...and seeing your sweet manatee's is always a treat...they're such majestically sweet creatures...thank you for bringing them into our far away worlds.
    Wishing you a wonderful week...
    xo J~
    It's always a pleasure to see your sweet manatee's, and the song gave me chills...so pretty.

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    1. Hello Jessica,

      It was so great having our nephew here. We wanted to keep him. He is also very funny and can mimic and imitate accents. We had some wonderful laughts.

      How fabulous that your mother paints surrealism. She really needs to visit St. Petersburg. I believe this is the largest permanent collection of Dali's work. The manatee was so special- they are quite rare. I am happy you enjoyed the song.
      Have a great week

      Helen xx

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  23. Love design, amazing blog :) If you want to follow each other...just tell me:X

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    1. Hello Ioana

      Thenk you for visiting and welcome to my blog. I am happy you are a follower and I will look forward to visiting you

      Helen xx

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  24. Dear Helen, this is a brilliant post, first the spectacular museum and then the impressive manatee! Yes, we often visit buildings just because of the architects. We have a shopping center outside of Berne designed by Daniel Liebeskind. I went there once not for shopping (in fact that I had only a coffee outside the center) but just to take photographs of that white, light and airy building. It reminds me that I should post about it! I hope you had wonderful Easter days and I am sending you sunny greetings from Switzerland! Christa

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    1. Hello Christa

      Thanks for visiting and I am delighted to hear you enjoyed this post. It was indeed a brilliant day and I shall treasure the memory

      I would love to see imges of Daniel Liebesking's building in Berne. It sounds most interesting

      Hope you had a beautiful Easter

      Helen xx

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    1. Hello Linda

      Many thanks for your kind wish - I wish you the blessings of the season

      Helen xx

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  26. Helen,
    The building is amazing! A geodesic faceted gemstone! I am so pleased that you posted the image looking outside from within.

    I have never viewed a Manatee. It must have felt like a hug from the sea!

    You always take us to brilliant places!
    The best of blessing to you and your family!
    ~Lynne
    w/L.

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    1. Hello Lynne

      Thank you for your beautiful Easter wish and I return it to you with blessings.

      The waterfront at St. Petersburg is spectacular and a wonderful variety of architecture. The Manatee is more rare and he was the prize of the day

      Have a great week
      Helen xx

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  27. Dear Helen, I'm so excited to Florida. Not on the tourist Florida, but on the everyday FL. End of April, my son is flying to Miami and then he travels by Greyhound to Cap Coral and Tampa for looking Real Estates and the areas, buying some elektronics and clothes and for talking with a Property Management. After selling our Uruguay home we want to move into the area. Push your fingers crossed that it works even this year!

    Hugs
    Tine

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    1. Hello Tine

      How fascinating that you plan on moving to Florida. Tampa is a spectacular area and there are some beautiful neighbourhoods.I wish you much success in selling your Uruguayan home

      Thank you for visiting and I shall keep my fingers crossed that your home sells quickly

      Helenxx

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  28. What a beautiful building!! I can imagine that it can change daily depending on the weather and the reflection of the sun. The manatee is beautiful as well, I love little surprises like that and she seemed to take a liking to you too. :) Enjoy your time!
    xoxo

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    1. Hello Michelle

      I do love the building and you are right, the weather and sun and time of year all have their opinions.

      We did feel connected to the manatee, so huge, yet so graceful and gentle.

      Thanks for commenting

      Helen xx

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  29. Hello Michelle

    You are absolutely right, the building looks different each day and the light plays a big factor.
    The skyline downtown is just spectacular and to see such a rare creature is an added bonus.

    Wishing you a joyful week

    Helen xx

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  30. Wonderful! I have just discovered your lovely blog and am now following...♥♥
    Hugs,
    Anne

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    1. Hello Anne and a warm and heartfelt welcome to my blog. I will look forward to knowing you and shall come by and visit

      Helen xx

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  31. WOW! That is something else!!
    Stacy

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    1. Hello Stacy

      Indeed it was a day full of good and wonderful surprises and beauty

      Helen xx

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  32. Great photos! Looks like a really fun trip! That museum is beautiful!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com
    ShabbyApple Gift Card Giveaway!

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    1. Hello Giovanna

      Thanks for visiting and your kind comments. I will be over to visit your blog shortly.

      Welcome.

      Helen

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  33. It does look like a spectacular day. And, to come across a manatee too!

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    1. Hello and welcome and I thank you for following my blog.

      It was indeed a most spectacular day and full of joy and surprises.

      Helen xx

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  34. Oh I just love that manattee.........

    HELEN MY DEAR! Thank you for your kind words. Time is only passing so quickly, so I will keep my steps up to beat with the clock...I HOPE! If not in physical capacity, in CREATIVITY! Be well my dear and thank you for visiting this morning!! Anita

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    1. Hello dear Anita

      I know it would be a matter of time until you incorporate a manatee into your spectacular artwork.

      I am delighted for your and look forward with joy to your next post. Hi to Ruben

      Helen xx

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  35. LOVELY PICS:) I really like your blog and will happily follow.
    If you want some swedish decor inspiration, you can check out my blog:)
    Have a great week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
    (Sweden)

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    1. Hello Maria

      Thank you for your kind words. I welcome you as a follower and I will look forward to visiting your blog too.

      My best for a great week

      Helen xx

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  36. Helen, that is an amazing image of the manatee, I would have been so excited to see it in person and up so closely. Great pictures,
    Kathysue

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    1. Hi Kathysue

      Yes it felt like winning the lottery, so to speak.

      It was one of those glorious days that I shall fondly remember
      Thanks for visiting

      Helen xx

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  37. i agree...
    it sounds like the perfect day.
    i just love manatees.

    thank you for your comment.
    xxx

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    1. Hello Renee

      It was indeed, like you say, a perfect day.

      Manatees while in Florida are not easily spotted and they are so vulnerable.

      Wishing you a great week

      Helenxx

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  38. Wonderful blog entry Helen, thank you so much for sharing.

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  39. It is a pleasure to have you in Little Cherry.
    I'm also following your blog and I'll be passing this way, your post is amazing!
    does not speak English, sorry for the mistakes.
    Good week.

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