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THINGS ARE LOOKING UP IN UNIQUE
From Past Editions Of This
My design...sea gulls
escaping a photograph...
Osprey preparing sushi at Ft. Pickens...
Barrier Island sunset...
Lady in flight...
Freedom in practice...
WW I style...
Clouds, sand dunes and salty
Keep your eyes open around
the forests on the UWF campus for
eagles...I've seen several...
Rainbow over Western Florida
Big sun over Pensacola
Artificial sky shows are
frequent in Unique Western Florida...
We're a Continental
Subtropical area...don't do what these guys
did during a thunder storm...trees are targets
Nature bids goodnight with
one more sky show...
'I WASN'T BORN IN WESTERN
FLORIDA BUT I GOT HERE AS SOON AS I
UWF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
PHOTOS OF THE WIN OVER YOUNG HARRIS
UWF MEN'S BASKETBALL IS HERE
LENDWARD GRIFFIN IS BACK!
PHOTOS FROM THE WIN OVER SPRING HILL
REMEMBERING RON BESSER
UWF PHOTOGRAPHER AND MAN ABOUT CAMPUS
Can it really be almost 5 years since UWF's
greatest fan and beloved "Paparazzi" left us?
I liked my friend Ron
Besser. That puts me in a group with a
population roughly that of the state of New
York. Ron made friends easily. He could talk
your ear off and then listen intently while
you returned the favor. Ron liked people. He
liked to learn and he liked to share his
knowledge. He had a lot to say only because
he really knew a lot.
My friend and I disagreed
on much. If you knew him you knew of his
sincere political beliefs. My beliefs are
somewhere else on the political spectrum.
Still, we agreed on love of country and
flag. We shared a goal if not the path to
get there. We disagreed without being
disagreeable…would that the politicians
learned from my friend.
In sports he was the
Buffalo Bills and I was the Cincinnati
Bengals. Together we experienced the dubious
record of 6 Super Bowl losses in 6 attempts.
We were "old school" in our attitudes toward
values in sports. We admired the people who
represented UWF. We were appreciative of the
UWF athletic leaders who exhibited values we
respected while being thoroughly modern and
In photography, he was
Nikon with an emphasis on using the Sports
Mode. I'm Canon and struggle with Aperture
Value. Of course I'm right and the only
reason his photographs were always better
was because he was always better...a lot
We agreed much more than
we disagreed. We were both Mac addicts and
shared the frustrations of processing photos
via that path. We talked about history and
agreed on the need to encourage more people,
not fewer, to learn about the past. We
commiserated over how the old radio and TV
of our youth required more thought than much
of today's offerings. Still, we remained
observers, and critics, of those same modern
programs. Most of all, we agreed that we
each had a wife who couldn't have been more
of a source of joy, love and companionship.
The community has lost a
friend but gained fond memories and a
shining example of how one should approach
learning and friendship. Some will call him
a Renaissance man. Others will just be
content to call him a friend. I'll miss Ron
Besser. Confucius said it best, "A
faultless man I cannot hope ever to meet,
the most I can hope for is to meet a man
of fixed principles."
UWF VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
THE GRATEFUL DEAD
A MOVEABLE FEAST BY ANY NAME
This site has this in the
title: "Recording life in Western Florida
and beyond." Please allow me to briefly go
"beyond." The Grateful Dead family has
been providing great music that extends from
good time happy go lucky tunes to serious
existential themes. One of their songs ( A
Box Of Rain) says: "Believe it if you need
it, if you don't just pass it on." A
popular song refers to a woman/girl named
Sugar Magnolia: "Head's all empty but
I don't care." It's posturing not
preaching. It is tempered by someone
lamenting his coming demise: "Mama,
Mama, many worlds I've come since I first
left home." Then there is a classic
song usually saved for the second set when
the fog and chilling air roll in...The
Small wheel turn by the fire and rod,
Big wheel turn by the
grace of god,
Every time that wheel turn round,
Bound to cover just a little more ground.
The wheel is turning and you can't slow down,
You can't let go and you can't hold on,
You can't go back and you can't stand still,
If the thunder don't get you then the
The basic concept of the
Grateful Dead has been around since the
Sixties. Whether they be called Mother
McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, The Warlocks,
The Other Ones, Furthur (spelling
intentional) or the current Dead And
Company, they have been unique. Typical
set lists could range from something by
Lightning Hopkins to Dylan and on to Buddy
Holly and even the Beatles. Mostly
though, they sing their own songs written by
them and songwriters John Barlow and Robert
Hunter. Along the way they have embraced
such luminaries as Neal Cassady (of Jack
Kerouac's circle) to the straight laced Bruce
Hornsby. They have never been a huge
studio band. I've been fortunate to hear
and see all of the current tour shows. Live is
best. Herman Hesse was correct when his
character in Steppenwolf said the proper way
to experience music is live. The next
best thing is electronic. All "Dead"
shows make it to tape (I have a thousand hours
of deteriorating tapes from shows where the
band would give us special tickets to bring in
sound equipment such as huge shotgun mikes and
stands—something they still do..) The
current shows are already making the rounds
and even reaching YouTube. I still
prefer the live events but it is nice to hear
the shows a second or third time.
Considered the grandfather of jam bands, they
proved it tonight with an extended version of
the song "Deal." As is often the case,
the band has no prepared set list.
Instead, they appear to negotiate among
themselves with bits and pieces of
instrumental hints about what might be next.
In one memorable event (Hampton '88 I think),
the band was trading these musical licks when
they suddenly found the opening sounds of Bob
Marley's "Stir It Up." The tune
and chords are unmistakable.
Unfortunately, no one knew much more than the
first line and familiar notes. They sang
"Stir it up, little darlin'" a couple of times
and went back to their search. It remains the
shortest song they ever did. At times it
will seem that an entire set is merely one
song with specific songs being woven into the
fabric. There is nothing quite like it
today although Phish and The Dave Matthews
Band are in the ball park. The only
constants in Dead shows are long drum solos
called "Drums" followed by an excursion beyond
this planet called "Space." They blend
right back into the set at hand.
ABOUT JERRY GARCIA
The late Jerry Garcia has always been
considered to be one of the main founders of
the band. Certainly he remains a seminal
influence. I never met him or his best
fan, basketball star Bill Walton. I do
share an experience of sorts. Walton
counts an unusual set of influences as the
main ones in his life. Coach John Wooden
and Jerry Garcia couldn't be more different
yet Walton, like me, considers his old coach
and Garcia as the major influences in
life. It works for Walton and it is also
true for me. Though my coach wasn't named
Wooden and I never got even close to that
level, he was just as important to me as
Walton's coach was to him. Here are some
interesting links if you want to share what we
hear and feel. Due to a flaw in my
WYSIWYG program you will have to cut and paste
The haunting and poignant "Stella
The iconic "Dark Star" going into "Wharf
Rat" and back into "Dark Star"
The band is aging but also
youthful. Bassist Phil Lesh at 75 is
being capably sat in for by Oteil Burbridge on
this tour. The great new guitar and vocals
member is John Mayer, a mere child at
38. Both drummers Bill Kreutzmann
and Mickey Hart are in their early 70s and
haven't slowed. In his 30s, keyboardist
Jeff Chimenti is anyone's equal on the piano
and Hammond B-3. Front man Bob Weir approaches
70 with great energy and skill. The audience,
called Deadheads, range in age from hip beyond
their years high schoolers to those in their
70s and 80s. They all are part of the
family and many still travel from venue to
venue. Many Deadheads far exceed
the 100+ shows I have seen. The set
lists continue to swing from all kinds of Rock
to Folk to Country & Western to R & B
and more. I have a ton of stories and
observations from my continued encounter with
this legendary band. I'll stop
here. I'm amazed anyone read this
THE UWF VOLLEYBALL TEAM WINS THE GSC
RANDOM PHOTOS FROM SENIOR NIGHT
Just because it's been
said before doesn't mean it shouldn't be
said again. There is a reason the UWF
Volleyball Team is the class of the Gulf
South Conference and for that matter, the
NCAA. Melissa Wolter is proof that you
can lead with character and still be a
champion. It's no accident that she
attracts and recruits assistant coaches and
players of great character. Nobody
knows more about her sport but it doesn't
end there. She communicates that
knowledge. Year after year after year
she triumphs in sport and character.
The sign says "Champions Win Here."
We're fortunate to have such a young woman
who has the wisdom of an older coach yet has
the same incredible energy and effort she
gets from her young players. Words
fail but that's OK. UWF fans know what
I'm trying to say. Thanks coach—not
just for what you do but HOW you do it.
UWF DEFEATED UAH 3-0 AND BRINGS THE GSC TOURNAMENT
BACK TO PENSACOLA
ANOTHER GREAT FAMILY WEEKEND!
You didn't have to go to the beach, zoo or fine dining
spot to have a good time!
THERE WAS GREAT FOOTBALL RIGHT HERE
ROBOTS BRIEFLY TOOK OVER UWF!
IT WAS A FANTASTIC EVENT WITH A HUGE AND ENTHUSIASTIC
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE LIFEBLOOD OF MANY GREAT EVENTS.
BEING SMART IS A VIRTUE IN PENSACOLA'S HOME SCHOOLS,
PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS!
DOWNTOWN FEATURED A GREAT FESTIVAL WITH BOOTHS, FOOD
THE HIGHLIGHT WAS ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE FROM
THE PEOPLE AT THE LITTLE THEATER
THIS WAS ONE OF SEVERAL DISPLAY AREAS.
WE WERE TREATED TO THE HISTORY OF THEATER FROM THE
ANCIENT GREEKS TO BROADWAY!
ARGOS DEFEAT CBU 4-1
RECENT UWF SOCCER AND VOLLEYBALL GAMES
WE'RE ABOUT THE SEA
Playing in the Gulf Of Mexico
A sea of diamonds as far as you can see...
SURFING IN THE GULF
It's not Rincon or Makaha but it's also not the
crowded California beaches either.
An intrepid member of the Pensacola surfing
TALL SHIPS AND BIG SHIPS VISIT THE DEEP PENSACOLA
THE MIGHTY ORISKANY MADE PENSACOLA ITS FINAL STOP
The Oriskany was towed out and sunk as a reef and
There are ships and then there are SHIPS
The San Pelaya shares the harbor with the Nor
The Spanish Galeon San Pelaya is visiting until early
This reproduced galeon is similar to the ship
Pensacola founder DeLuna used.
Ships come in all sizes in Pensacola.
|The Nor Goliath is a
construction vessel currently "laid up" in
Pensacola. It's about 590 feet long.
Elsewhere...the Seawise Giant tanker ship
dwarfs the Nor Goliath. It is over 1500
Battleships and aircraft carriers compare with
our 911 foot Oriskany.
Iowa Class battleships are 885 feet long while
the Carrier Enterprise was 1122 feet long.
I had a 12 foot aluminum fishing boat in
Ohio. (Just seeing if you were awake)
UWF MEN AND WOMEN VS DELTA
MEN VS DELTA 10-23-15
WOMEN VS DELTA 10-23-15
PHOTOS OF UWF MEN AND WOMEN BEATING MISSISSIPPI
WOMEN VS MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
MEN VS MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE
FOR THE WOMEN WE LOVE
THE FOUNTAIN NEAR THE
SOUTH END OF PALAFOX IS PLAYING PINK
BREAST CANCER IS THE
ENEMY. Women and men can be afflicted.
Mostly it is women who are victimized.
Everyone knows to have the tests you
need. Now do it. Pink is the
adopted color of those at war with breast
cancer. All cancer is the enemy and my
male friends also know tests may be used for
the cancers common to men. It's not a
competition between those with various forms
of this disease. Mine is not breast
cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer or
one of those traditional male versions of
the disease. I was told I was Stage
Three and that the disease "had gotten ahead
of us." There are great doctors and I
have one of the best imaginable. He
says he threw everything including the
kitchen sink at my disease.
Chemotherapy is serious business.
You'll never hear me say "chemo." That
word makes it sound like the nickname of an
old friend. My doctor says he is ready
to battle again if remission disappears.
If you don't smoke, don't
start. If you do smoke, stop right
now. If you suspect something is
wrong, have it checked.
UWF FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE AT WAHOOS STADIUM
What a venue...what a team!
School Is In Session: Kick Returning 101
Running around, over and through would-be tacklers
A Message For Students Of All Ages
From An Old Friend Of Mine:
education the one thing where people are trying to
get the least for their money?"
I had forgotten that
quote but was reminded of it this
week. My friend Wilhelm Exelbirt
was one of the smartest people I've ever
known. His doctorate was from the
University of Vienna. He came to America
when I was still a kid. He'd already
played "You Bet Your Life" with the
Nazis. His depth of knowledge was
incredible and he tempered it with kind
humor. He wasn't afraid to defend and
support a student whose ego made him think
he knew everything about everything just
because he knew something about
something. I dedicate this view to his
memory. It's old school black and
white...just like him. An intellectual
who challenged hate and mastered several
languages—smiling, he once told me in
frustration of his biggest problem with
adjusting to modern America, "I just can't
get used to zippers replacing buttons."
The education quote was
brought back to mind after
reading ALONG THE WAY L'Chaim
To Life by
Stewart Flate and available through Google
10-11-15 SOCCER PHOTOS
for photos of UWF vs UNA
here for UWF defeating Concordia
AS WE RECOGNIZE COLUMBUS DAY
IS THIS THE KIND OF VIEW THE CONQUISTADORS HAD AS THEY
LANDED IN THE NEW WORLD?
|I said recognize, not
celebrate. You can pick how you choose
to evaluate the situation. I recognize
a lot of things I don't celebrate. How
about the attempted genocide of Native
Americans? I also recognize the spread
of diseases such as smallpox by the
Europeans although some researchers believe
serious diseases were traded both
ways. How about the destruction of
once near pristine forests and the harming
of functioning ecosystems? What about
the enslavement of huge numbers of
people? I recognize all of these
things but I don't celebrate even one.
Besides, why are some celebrating the
Spanish (I know Columbus was Italian, but he
was followed by the likes of Cortez)
as the first to "discover" the
Americas? They weren't even the first
Europeans. It is believed my Viking
ancestors explored in the "New World"
around 500 years before Columbus was
even born. And everyone who got here
found rich cultural traditions already
thriving here. Besides, a culture
needing military steel and bull whips to
spread its influence probably has some
flaws. Ya think? I think history
and life teach that cultural exchange is so
much better than a clash of cultures.
Pope Francis, peace be upon him, was just
here and celebrated the canonization of the
controversial missionary Father Junipero
Serra. Some would argue that among the
3 miracles needed for sainthood, they might
consider it miraculous that even one Native
Californian survived under the
"civilizing" efforts of Spanish missionaries
such as Father Serra. I
do recognize and celebrate the courage and
sacrifice of the early explorers and the
courageous dedication of those
defending against them. Columbus Day
is a bittersweet celebration. A new
world was built even as another world was
destroyed. So much was gained but so much
was lost. Eric Andersen perhaps summed
it up best in the concluding song (For What
Was Gained) on his Avalanche album:
"And to this day, God
knows, I don't know why
To be so young,
paid such a cost
For what was gained for
what was lost."
PENSACOLA IS THE OLDEST EUROPEAN
SETTLEMENT IN AMERICA
NOT COUNTING ANYTHING WE MAY FIND THE
FOUNDED IN 1559 IT WAS LATER DESTROYED BY
A HURRICANE AND ABANDONED
(ST. AUGUSTINE IS THE OLDEST CONTINUOUS
AT THE END OF PALAFOX STREET IS THE STATUE
AND PARK HONORING THE FOUNDER OF THE
Tristan de Luna y Arellana is honored as
the founder of the settlement in 1559—67
years after The first voyage by Columbus.
At different times parts of this area have
been owned by Pensacola Native
Americans, Spain, France, Great Britain,
The Confederacy, and the United States.
We have beautiful beaches. In some ways we're a
well kept secret...the forgotten coast. The Gulf
Sand Alligator is rare. A
while back I came face-to-face with this dangerous
creature. I stood my ground as the two of us
engaged in a "stare down."
They'll often disappear into a high tide. I don't fear
them. Pretty impressive huh? I don't get
much more heroic than this.
We're called the Emerald Coast for good reason.
If the muse doesn't speak to you here you need to get
out more...at night...on a lonely beach...
AH, THE COMPUTER AGE
BEWARE IF YOU HEAR THESE WORDS:
"This is Windows Company and we've detected a problem
with your Windows."
There is a fascinating Internet scam making
the rounds. The Indian Subcontinent
accent and the unmistakable background sound
of a boiler room tipped me off. Finding
a problem with a Windows operating system on
my Mac was an achievement in itself but I
didn't let on.
The caller was enthused when I said:
"I'm having trouble with my computer."
Caller: "That's why we called. We
have detected a serious problem with your
Me: "There's a guy who makes these in his
garage and sells them out of his trunk in the
Walmart parking lot."
Before he could get into his spiel that would
lead me to download problems that would cost
me hundreds of dollars I added: "He won't fix
them when they break."
Caller: "Well. uh, make sure your
I cut him off: "I down loaded Windows 10
and the computer starts smoking when I turn it
Caller: "Smoking? What do you
Me: "Let me go over and turn it back
I tried to simulate footsteps with my fingers
tapping on the desk as he said: "Sir,
Me: "i'm back, it's on. Uh oh, it
just caught fire. I gotta get a bucket
Caller: "Sir, sir."
I waited silently for several minutes until I
heard the operator: "If you wish to make
I have read where some
people have been taken for hundreds of
dollars by this scam. The crooks have
unsuccessfully contacted me 3 or 4
times. They get the victim to
eventually access sites from which apps and
viruses are acquired. Sometimes they
even manage to freeze your screen until they
receive payment. I'm sure they leave
viruses and undesirable apps when you think
your computer is returned to apparent
normalcy. It's good sport to ridicule
them. Once I played dumb (my old
teachers said I had a gift for that) and
pretended to be really confused. I
held my hand partially over the mouthpiece
and yelled to my wife that someone was
coming to fix the broken window. I
asked the man if he'd fix the broken screen
too. Eventually he managed to explain
to me that he would fix my Windows
computer. I hollered to my wife that
we were going to get a computer. He
These scam artists
deserve your ridicule. Every minute
you can tie them up is a minute they're not
stealing from someone else. Be
creative but remember Florida law does not
allow you to record a conversation if both
parties are not aware of the
recording. I must admit I got the idea
for treating scammers like this from some
comedy bits I heard on the radio and
Internet. What I described here really
did happen. For some reason, they will not
say they are from Microsoft—preferring to
refer to themselves as "Windows Company." If
I ever get one of them to the stage where I
have to pay them with a Master Card I'm
going to tell them my account number is
"3." "I've been with this bank for a
long time." The options are
numerous. Let me know if you come up
with a good prank on them.
(You can Google something like Windows
scam to read more about the problem.)
10-2, 10-3 & 10-6
UWF defeated undefeated Valdosta State 3-1.
HERE FOR PHOTOS OF ALL THREE GAMES
UWF WOMEN'S SOCCER 10-2-15 &
How can you not want to photograph people like the
Lady Argos soccer team?
They're not alone on this campus in being excellent
athletes and even better people.
UWF DEFEATS SHORTER
UWF FOOTBALL SECOND SCRIMMAGE
Here: UWF FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE PHOTOS
Alex Peyrot And Kenny Brasil Are ITA
Regional Doubles Champions!
It may have been the most exciting and well played
doubles match I've ever seen.
pleasure to photograph Coach Racine's two
teams. They are friendly,
cooperative and appreciative. They always
have a kind word or smile—until they face
an opponent. That is when they turn
as competitive as imaginable. The word
fierce comes to mind. In the last 6
or 7 years I've been emailed from family
on other continents about this web
site. I've had players introduce me
to visiting family. And I'm
nobody. Thanks Coach Racine and
thanks to the men and women you bring to
the community. It's about more than
the full trophy case you've treated us
to. We used to say: "The eyes don't
lie." Well, neither do the
FOR MORE PHOTOS OF KENNY AND ALEX
DOWNTOWN PENSACOLA IS A TREAT
"There was music in the cafes at night..."
Downtown Pensacola is a delight...great little (and
big) cafes and restaurants...
Theater and arts thrive...
The Little Theater is not so little but it is an
intimate site with several stages...
The Art Museum
The Wentworth Museum
It's a safe place...the cannons are from an earlier
There is a deep water harbor that serves the world...
The Nor Goliath is over 590 feet long!
A little perspective...if this ship were docked at
home plate of the stadium, the other end would be 190
feet beyond the center field wall!
THIS WEB SITE HAS GONE TO THE BIRDS!
BIRD WATCHING EVEN EXTENDS INTO THE CITY!
A really strange and rare bird
Pigeons (Rock Doves) were once hunted for food...today
some consider them a health hazard.
A Blue Heron
Sea Gulls...early Mormon settlers in Utah believed
gulls were part of a divine sign if not an
actual miracle. I've seen people in San
Francisco feeding them with hand held crackers!
The beach is the place to go if you want to encounter
(feed?) these guys by the hundreds.
OTHER UWF FALL SPORTS
& 9-19 VS UA, UG & Spring Hill
PHOTOS OF THE UWF WOMEN'S SOCCER GAME
WITH MONTEVALLO ARE HERE
HERE FOR THE 9-22-15 GAME
THE UWF CROSS COUNTRY TEAM
Hosted the annual Gulf Coast Stampede
Here: UWF RACE PHOTOS
is a sport by itself. It may well be
the oldest of competitive sports.
Does the name Marathon come to mind?
Mercury had winged feet as I recall.
Every other sport that really is a sport
is defined by running. Sports
that don't involve running are probably
games rather than sports. Golf,
chess and poker come to mind. I do
recall hearing of my great grandfather who
combined poker and running in the Old
West. "I don't know where that fifth ace
came from" would be shouted just before
he'd scoop up the gold and win a footrace
out of town. Non-competitive running
is good for the head. When Forrest
Gump had to clear the mental cobwebs, he
ran...and ran...and ran some more.
Of course he wasn't real but the benefits
of running (and walking) are
obvious. On this Saturday something
else was obvious. The UWF Men's and
Women's teams are awesome again.
Coach Carmichael and his runners are a
class act. Both teams finished
second on the difficult Escambia County
Equestrian Park course.
WHILE ON THE SUBJECT OF FLIGHT...
ALSO ADD THIS TO YOUR SCHEDULE
to your schedule. Pensacola, like
New York City and Mobile, celebrates the
New Year by dropping an object timed with
a countdown. New York has the famed
ball dropping in Times Square.
Equally (almost) world famous is the
dropping of a giant Moon Pie at the stroke
of midnight in Mobile, Alabama. I
wish I'd made that up. Not to be
outdone by either metropolis, Pensacola
drops a huge pelican on New Years.
This year the drop will occur downtown at
the corner of Garden and Palafox.
Music and great fireworks will be
Our beloved Blue Angels will return
for their Homecoming on November 6-7.
Bring your camera but remember the
Naval Air Station does not permit
weapons of any kind and the show is very
loud...earplugs are a must!
I made these Canon 60D shots at 1/5000th of
second, f5.6 aperture, 250mm and ISO 100
DRAMA AT THE BIRD
Of loyal parents, hapless squirrels and cardinal
IF YOU LIVED HERE YOU COULD WATCH BIRDS EVERY DAY
HERE To See More Of Drama At The Bird Feeder
A couple of bluebirds proved to be faithful
parents at this feeder that became a nest!
A greedy squirrel encountered the
male's protective wrath.
The female was quick to follow and
strafe the invader.
I have a dozen punch lines here but
I won't go sleazy just to get more readers.
Please follow the link to find
dozens of my feathered friends posing for my
camera...or grab your camera and go out to enjoy
the Panhandle's treasure.
AUTUMNAL EQUINOX 2015
THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE IS A LAND OF NATURAL WONDERS
Even an average suburban lot has a story to tell
Of A Backyard Naturalist
Don't tread on me!
The Southern Black Racer
|I helped write the Wikipedia
article on this snake and many of the photos
were taken in my yard here in Pensacola.
The original article was challenged by an editor
in France who suspected the article was designed
to promote a cartoon or movie super hero.
Getting her ducks in a row
This photo has been "borrowed" by several sites on the
Teach your children...
Home schooling is popular
in this area. Every parent and
grandparent can "home school" even if the kids
are in a regular school. Wouldn't it be
an interesting project to record the natural
conditions in a typical yard? You could teach
photography, natural history, biology,
zoology, web site creation, ecology and so
much more. When asked what they teach,
the best teacher will respond "I teach
UWF Women's Soccer Won Its Home Opener Against
PHOTOS ARE NEVER
SOLD...NEVER. I photograph for the
Athletic Communication Department but this
site is private and has nothing to do with
them. This site promotes the entire area
and other things that interest me. The
University of West Florida, especially its
athletics, are a vibrant part of the
community. I normally take 100s of photos in a
game and I'm currently re-evaluating the
idea of posting dozens of photos after a
match or game for every sport. In the
past I would post all I had regardless of
technical quality. I've always hoped I
was providing recognition and a vehicle
players and families could use to hold
memories. I'm trying to figure out if enough
athletes and their folks back home are viewing
this site in numbers that make it worth my
time. The department needs photos of
high resolution (measured in MBs) for its
needs and I need to compress photos (measured
in KBs) so that I can have them load
fast. They come first. It's not
brain surgery but it's still time consuming
for me to process photos twice. In any
event, Coach Bartlinski is back with another
WE HAVE FOOTBALL!
UWF HAS BROUGHT COLLEGE FOOTBALL
University of West Florida has a football
program and it looks very
impressive. They had their first
scrimmage on 9-12-15 and the large crowd
was delighted. We saw speed, some
size and a whole bunch of skill being
honed by an excellent coaching staff.
There is self discipline being encouraged
and good football being taught. Mobile,
hostile (in a proper sense) and agile were
the key descriptions. Students
arrived and acted like the kind of fans
that makes college football the great
institution it is. One fraternity
brought couches for its members and
enthusiasm for the team. The rest of us
will get the hang of tailgating but
Pete Shinnick long ago figured out what
successful college football is all
about. Bring on 2016, these guys are
ready right now. Below are
some photos I made of the
here for MORE PHOTOS OF THE FIRST SCRIMMAGE
THE 2015-16 UWF SPORTS SEASONS
target audience was small to
begin with but when cobwebs
formed on the hit counter I knew
I was wasting time and
effort. It's no
reflection on the athletes and
coaches. They are among the best
in Division II. My
philosophy of including even
photos of poor technical quality
was based on the grandfather in
me—there are no photos of my
grandchildren that I don't
appreciate. Even free it
didn't sell and I couldn't
figure out how to get the price
below free. The cynic says
free things tend to get valued
at that price but I like to
believe what we have here is a
failure to communicate on my
part. I also failed to
realize that these champion
athletes already had bulging
scrapbooks from more credible
sources than I offered.
continue to photograph for the
Department of Athletic
Communication. They do a
terrific job and I've often
compared them to Division I
programs. The website
you're reading is my personal
operation and it will revert
back to being an organ to
promote this great area (of
which UWF is an integral
part), wildlife and other
things that interest me.
I'm sure I'll find the time to
include sports photos and
information about special
successes, especially at
UWF. It's going to
be another exciting year and I
look forward to photographing
and watching UWF coaches and
breathtaking athleticism with
strong character. I just won't
be posting the 100-200 or so
photos I've taken at the event.
mentioned this once before and I
hope it amuses you as much as it
does me. There is a
certain irony in telling a non
existent audience that it
doesn't exist. I feel like
Les Nessman, the befuddled
newsman on the 70s-80s
sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.
Their transmitter was blown up
and he wanted to lead his news
report with the story that they
were off the air. Did I
mention I am off the air?
HISTORY AND WILDLIFE BECKON
visitors and new residents...Ft.
Pickens should be worth frequent
visits. Here a heron
greets me. Like many of us, he
is willing to stick his neck out
to promote our beautiful Emerald
Coast. (Sorry) Whether it
be history (Ft Pickens was a
Civil War Union fort as well as
the prison that held Geronimo)
or lonesome beaches, dunes and
natural wonders...it is one of
our gems here in Pensacola.
Ft Pickens is rarely crowded
at the University of West Florida
You can probably figure out my feelings
for schedules of your favorite
Bring the kids to show them how things are
done the right way
9-25-15 Through 9-27-15
The Pensacola Seafood Festival
Entertainment, 5k race, Arts & Crafts,
Frequent Music Shows
Music shows up close and personal!
Pensacola Museum of Art
Photos of our area
From Now until October 17th
Pensacola Greek Festival
Great food and more
BANDS ON THE BEACH
Great Live Music
It's FREE every Tuesday until October 27th
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE GOING ON IN
THIS IS JUST THE TIP OF THE
OK, I CAN'T TEAR MYSELF AWAY SO QUICKLY FROM SPORTS
THIS IS CORA BIDLACK AND I BELIEVE
HER POSITION IS OUTSIDE HITTER FOR UWF.
YOU WONDER WHY THE UWF VOLLEYBALL TEAM IS
9-2? JUST LOOK AT THIS VERTICAL LEAP!!
THEY PLAY HARD AND SMART FOR COACH WOLTER (WHO HAS
By the way, the other shots in
the sequence show she scored a kill on this play.
BUT IT'S NOT JUST GREAT VOLLEYBALL
MARTIENN URBANCIC IS CELEBRATING ANOTHER GOAL FOR
THE UNDEFEATED MEN'S SOCCER TEAM
WITH A LEVITATION MOVE THAT WOULD MAKE DAVID
BLAINE TAKE NOTICE!