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A Few More From Pensacola Beach This Past Week …

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The above panorama is from a restaurant out on Pensacola Beach – Red Fish Blue Fish – that we had lunch at this past Friday.  The food, service and the food were great and we really enjoyed ourselves.  You look out over the Sound and the place is all open, which I like.  All of these photos, by the way, were taken with my iPhone.  However, they were worked up in Photoshop before I posted them.  On my previous post, I included a panorama that I had taken from our room on the fourth floor at the Hilton located right on the Gulf … it does not get much better than this!  This is an image that Jenna had taken on her iPhone of three Coast Guard helicopters hovering out of the Gulf in front of the Hilton.  You do not really get to see much, but you can make out the helicopters hovering over the Gulf by the rotor wash on the water …


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Now, here are a several of Payton and one of Jenna and Payton down at Joe Patti’s Seafood.  The first is Payton with a iPhone playing games, which is what she seems to be doing 75% of the time these days …


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The last is just one taken off of the balcony looking at the beach … nothing great, but pretty.


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That is it for now … thanks for looking and please check back.  Frank

The View from the Hilton on Pensacola Beach …

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This is a panorama taken on my iPhone from the fourth floor at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach this past Friday September 25, 2015.  I could not get over how many chairs and umbrellas were set out on the beach with hardly anyone there.  Maybe they knew something that I didn’t, but I am surprised at how deserted the beach is this time of year.  I realize that school is back in session, but with the rates going down after Labor Day, you would think that the beach could draw more of a crowd.  And I know that it is not for lack of trying with all of the money spent on ads by the different hotels, restaurants, chambers of commerce, etc, etc.  Well, it was nice while it lasted because the weather is going to be bad starting Monday.  I have not lost interest in my two blogs over the last several months … I have been posting to my Instagram account and have come across a lot of people that I would not have reached on my blogs.  I am busy with some other things and do not have much ready to post.  In the next few weeks I will have some new stuff to post that I hope will be of interest.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Navarre Beach Florida …

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We have been staying at Navarre Beach in a condo these past few days that Jenna has rented on the Gulf.  It is a quad-plex right on the Gulf … park your car at your front door and walk up the stairs.  When you stay at the condos that you will see later, you park your car in a huge parking lot, carry your things to the elevator and wait for it to get to you to take you to your floor.  Now, don’t get me wrong, the condos are very nice and all have a gorgeous pool area for you to relax by, but you still have to walk a long way and carry your stuff before you get to your unit.  Enough about that … I do not know what these ” destination ”  poles are called, if someone knows, please tell me.  This one is almost directly across from the unit that we were staying in and I thought that it looked interesting.  I did not bother taking a camera, so all of these images were made with my old iPhone and were worked up in one of the many apps that I bought when I first got the phone several years ago.  Needless to say, I use only 3 or 4 of the twenty or so that I purchased.  The next is a view of of the back porch over looking the Gulf …

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I ran it through a HDR app that I seldom use to see what it would look like and did not bother to save the original images used to create this image.  Not bad, but too over saturated for my taste, but at least you get an idea of the view.  This area does not have all of the spring breakers that Panama City and Ft. Walton Beach get because there is not much for the college students to do … Navarre Beach  has only one beach bar – Juana’s  Pagoda – and it is on the Sound and not on the Gulf.  The place is also a restaurant and serves good food.  The next two images are panoramas that I took while I was standing on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.  The first is from the end looking back toward the beach …

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The next shows the beach looking to the east …

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The last is just a shot of the condos next to the pier …

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The long one is the Navarre Beach Regency and it is gorgeous.  It is a condo, but there is a realty agency there on the premises that rents out the owner’s units for them.   The name of the realty is the Island View Realty.  If you have any questions, please call and ask for information on all of their rentals at Navarre Beach.  That is all I have for now … thanks for letting me indulge my iPhone photography skills or lack there of, I guess it depends on how you look at it.  If you have any questions or comments, please ask and I will be happy to share what I know about the Florida Panhandle … Frank