Daily Quote: May 21

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Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.
~Henri Rousseau (May 21, 1844 – September 2, 1910)


I cannot paint.  But I practice the art of painting with light – photography.
A single tulip among 300,000 on display is caught with fresh raindrops.
Yellow petal edges highlighted in red with a bokeh of soft unfocused of reds and yellows.
Friendship, Joy, Hope, Caring……

Canadian Tulip Festival

Celebrating  75 years of the liberation of the Netherlands 300,000 tulips are planted with the hope of blooming for the Canadian Tulip Festival May 10th -May 20th.  Cool damp weather has slowed the opening of many of the tulips, but without large crowds this morning we enjoyed a wonderful personalized tour for only $5 each.  Due to the weather outside music was cancelled.  But the restaurants in the Dow Lake Pavilion were open so we enjoyed coffee and watched cormorants vanishing below the surface to catch fish.

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RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT

The 8th and final in the Real Music, Real Masters Series, RHYTHM IN THE NIGHT was definitely worth seeing twice.

 

 

 

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Season Pass holders were allowed to take a visitor for free in the month of February so I saw all of the shows this week:

TURN IT UP:  the coolest show at Busch Gardens

 

 

 

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OPENING NIGHT CRITTERS:

 

 

 

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ROCK A DOO WOP:

 

 

 

Walking through Busch Gardens:

 

 

 

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LEONARD, COLEMAN & BLUNT

Week 7 of the Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens was one of my favorites.  Leonard, Coleman and Blunt: former lead vocalists of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters really know how to entertain.  Timeless songs performed by amazing singers.  Growing up in the same neighborhood and working together for so many years, their performance is like fine wine, getting better with time.

 

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Today was 87F in Tampa so the animals were mostly laying around.

 

Pam Tillis

Week 5 of the 2018 Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens features Pam Tillis at the Stanleyville Theatre.  A relaxed performance with old country music.  Monday afternoon was a small attendance, so we had the very best seats in the house.

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This week’s walk with the animals features the Gorillas.  Wonderful warmer weather so the young gorillas were very playful today:

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We stayed for the 4PM Ice show:  Turn It UP.  A very energetic skate performance.

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Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

Week four of the Real Music Real Masters Series at Busch Gardens was Herman’s Hermts starring Peter Noone.  I attended their 155th performance on Monday at Busch Gardens.  The “Noonies” were out in full force with their T shirts and lights.  Peter Noone’s amazing voice and audience interaction, even when performing “I’m Henry the 8th” for more than the 1 Millionth time, continues to thrill and takes us back to our days of youth.

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This week’s animal walk after the show:

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On the way to see Herman’s Hermits we met this bird:

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The Diamonds

Week Number 3 of the 2018, Busch Gardens: Real Music Real Masters Series was The Diamonds.

The Diamonds are an amazing live performance to attend.  Be certain to take advantage of anytime you have an opportunity to see The Diamonds live.

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This week’s walk with the animals at Busch Gardens included the Bird Cage and Kangaroos.

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Family Fishing Festival

Hosted by Withlacoochee River Park and Pasco County Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources.

 

Wonderful welcome:

 

This was an excellent family event.  The first 300 children to fill their event cards received a fishing rod and tackle.  Rods were available on loan so you could join the children fishing.  Events included learning how to tie knots and cast.

 

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Of course the main event was fishing:

 

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Sherrif’s Mounted Posse:

 

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Free lunch of hotdogs, pizza, chips, donuts and water:

 

 

No visit is complete without a walk by the river and through the trails:

 

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Cirque Vertigo featuring the Wallendo Duo

Introducing the first in the Real Music, Real Masters 2018 Series.

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Then we were asked not to take any photos or videos.  I was in the second row and the show was amazing.

Busch Gardens posted a video of the act.  Busch Gardens Video on Facebook

At the end of the show there was a brief photo op.

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Of course the animals are always entertaining:

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Looking forward to the Real Music, Real Masters series.