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By popular demand (since May)  on Blogfinger. Sanibel Island Florida. 2017. Girls in their summer clothes.  Paul Goldfinger action photo. ©


Ocean Grove.  This fellow wore his hoodie up, even though it was an 80 degree day recently. Blogfinger photo. ©

Paul Goldfinger Editor @Blogfinger.

Summer fashions in Ocean Grove, 2017:  In case you didn’t notice, this was the summer of gravity-defying short shorts. The fashion caught on like wildfire and also probably got caught elsewhere  as well.  But it actually first appeared two summers ago when we first reported on it.

Who knew that such shorts were physically possible?  As a student of human anatomy, I found it difficult to explain, but no more difficult than jeans worn halfway down a guy’s backside, which manage never to fall down.

Butt, it also was the summer for thong bathing suits, rarely seen in the Grove, but more common over in Asbury or a quick jog south to Belmar.

However  the strangest women’s fashion look are the black spandex pants that rarely make it down to the ankle, but they are so revealing, that despite covering all critical parts, they do leave nothing to the imagination as they show every curve.  Why do that, when a bit of mystery is always more tantalizing?  It seems to be a case of follow the leaders and leave nothing to the imagination. What’s next?

The funny thing is that men’s summer clothes don’t change much.  But they are coming back for a new look this winter with hoodies that are worn over the head inside, such as walking around Wegmans.


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Paul Goldfinger ©.Sanibel Island Lighthouse, Florida. c 2016. Tri-X Collection. Click to enlarge.

WARREN VACHE´AND FRIENDS.  Houston Person (tenor sax) and Nicki Parrott (vocal.)  “Only Trust Your Heart”   Written by Benny Carter.

“Never trust your dreams
When you’re about to fall in love
Or your dreams will quickly fall apart
So if you’re smart, really smart
Only trust your heart.”

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Sanibel Island in southwest Florida. It has 15 miles of sandy beaches. At its eastern tip is the famous Sanibel Lighthouse and the fishing pier, seen above.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   Click to enlarge.  Tri-X collection. c.1999.



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Tropicana Park, Ft. Myers, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photograph © 2016.  Click to enlarge, and please pick up after your dog.  This crowd is smiling because the San Carlos Blvd. Walgreen’s has just received a shipment of Viagra  (generic of course.)

They also are happy because somehow Irma failed to blow this manufactured home community of nearly 500 units to Kingdom Come.  A few roofs were blown off, and some carports fell victim to the winds, but, despite the Gulf nearby, there was no serious flooding.  Power was out for 5 days.

So these seniors are able to return to their life of bingo, hot dog parties, competitive shuffle board (where they actually have a verb “to shuffle”…as in “We’re going to shuffle this morning”,) golf, fishing, boating, or just hanging around.

Most of the folks in Tropicana are from the Midwest—–Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, etc. It is rare to see Jersey plates.  Some people wear cheese on their heads; others fly green and gold flags  (Green Bay Packers colors.)  My neighbors are from Kentucky.  They call me “Doc.”   I’m not sure they know my actual name,  although that’s true also in OG where they call me Blogfinger. On the other hand, I like nicknames—–just ask the Groaners.

And they have lots of 3-wheeler bikes and golf carts. There are early bird specials nearby where you can get a lobster dinner for 12 bucks.  And the swimming pools (2 of them) are heated, even in tropical temperatures.

Nearby are quite a few fancy gated communities where it’s more of a country club atmosphere.  And, of course, the east coast  (Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, etc.) is another story altogether.  There you can get a great bagel and  hot pastrami sandwich.

But, in the middle of winter, all of south Florida shares the blessing of great weather, and that alone is worth the journey.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger


“Ship’s at anchor, my suitcase packed,
Got a one way ticket, ain’t comin’ back.
Life’s a pleasure, love’s no dream,
Down south in New Orleans.”

I’m afraid you can’t substitute the name Ft. Myers for New Orleans, but you get the idea of heading south for pleasure, even if it’s Hot Dog Day in Tropicana Park rather then the NO version of a hot time.


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Faces at the Farmers Market in Ft. Myers Florida. By Paul Goldfinger © Undated. Click to enlarge.

THE VELOURS  From Forever Doo Wop Vol I

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Paul Goldfinger © c. 2015 Florida.

JOHNNY DEPP and HELENA BONHAM CARTER  in Sweeny Todd by Stephen Sondheim

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Wild white orchid. Edison Estate. Ft. Myers, Fla. 2013. By Eileen Goldfinger ©

Wild white orchid. Edison Estate. Ft. Myers, Fla. 2013. By Eileen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. ©  Reposted from March, 2015.

BUCKY PIZZARELLI and FRANK VIGNOLA   “You’ll Never Know”   Bucky appeared live on the Asbury Park boardwalk June, 2015,  with P.J. Rasmussen of Ocean Grove.

Bucky Pizzarelli in AP

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Boynton Beach still-life. By Paul Goldfinger. March, 2017. ©  You will have to click and enlarge.


I generally don’t  like to photograph trees or other still lifes. But this photograph taken at a nature preserve in Boynton Beach, Florida (east coast) is not about the trees.

You can win a genuine Paul Goldfinger  (me!) black and white signed photograph mounted on mat board and ready to sit on a shelf in your house. No frame is needed or desired. It is an objet d’art, if I say so myself, which I do now.  Be the first to identify the creature in the tree.

And while you are searching, start the music (below) to add a soundtrack to your quest.



We have a winner.  5 Blogfinger readers spotted the little owl, but Lee Morgan was first.  We also saw an owl family, Mom, Pop and 2 kids, but I didn’t get that photo.  The kids got wet and dried themselves with a towl.

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Tommy Bahama’s restaurant in Naples, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photo © February, 2017. Click to enlarge

Link to our 2016 post about Tommy Bahama in Naples  (Fla, not Italy)

Naples, Florida 2016

EMMA STONE AND RYAN GOSLING   “City of Stars”  From the movie La La Land  (Academy Award winning soundtrack)

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Sanibel Island Causeway, Florida. Gulf of Mexico. March, 2017.  Great Egret. Note the black bill and legs. By Eileen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff.  ©


Great Egret with yellow-orange bill. Photograph at the Green Cay (marshland) in Palm Beach County, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Click to see the tail feathers. These birds almost became extinct when the hat industry demanded their feathers.  March, 20217 ©

Identifying birds like these white shore birds can sometimes be difficult because such birds are often similar.  These might be called the Great White Egret, the Snowy Egret or the Great White Heron.  The color characteristics can vary according to the season and the age of the bird.

The one on top stood still for long periods and then moved its legs very slowly before making a sudden thrust into the water with its bill. —-PG

THE ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC with Christopher Hogwood. It’s George Frederic Handel’s  “Water Music Suite #21”

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