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Fort Myers Art Show. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Fort Myers (Florida)  Art Show. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.


LEON REDBONE with VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS .    From Boardwalk Empire  (now in its last season on HBO)




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Naples Botanical Gardens. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Naples Botanical Garden. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©




“The Louisiana Fairytale”




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Downtown Fort Myers, Florida where wonderful architecture can be found just by cruising the side streets. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Downtown Fort Myers, Florida where wonderful architecture can be found just by cruising the side streets. Paul Goldfinger photo ©




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Boca Grande Two

Boca Grande two. FlaBy Paul Goldfinger

Boca Grande two. Fla.  By Paul Goldfinger. Click for larger view.


Jack Teagarden. “Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?”


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Sanibel Island, Fla.. Fashions for the summer of 2017 in Ocean Grove.

Sanibel Island, Fla.. Fashion preview for winter in southwest Florida,. Paul Goldfinger photo. Feb., 2017. © Click for cheeky view.


MAX RAABE AND DAS PALAST ORCHESTER  ” Cheek to Cheek”  (Live at Carnegie Hall 2007)


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Fort Myers, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Fort Myers, Florida. 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger. ©



From the off-Broadway show (1966) Dames at Sea:  “It’s Raining in my Heart.”  (live performance);  Last posted in 2017.

“Where’s my umbrella and where’s my guy?

I need that fella to keep me dry

It won’t help if the sunshine should start

“Cause it’s raining in my heart”





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Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers. ©

Tina works at the French bakery in downtown Fort Myers.  © By Paul Goldfinger. Her brioches make fine French toast.


ALAN ARKIN  (She keeps his blood pressure normal–a non-pharmacologic therapy)


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Ken Davis of Estero, Florida, breezin along with the breeze. By Paul Goldfinger

Ken Davis of Estero, Florida, breezin’ along with the breeze. By Paul Goldfinger.     2013 Re-post.


We met Ken Davis at the Causeway Islands Park which stretches from Ft. Myers to Sanibel Island.  It is a remarkable  park where you can just pull over and drive onto the beach.    We saw Ken pull his 4-wheel drive up to edge of the Gulf of Mexico. His car was filled with wind-sailing gear.

It took him quite a while to put his wind-sail together. It was a breezy afternoon, but he shook his head and said that there wasn’t enough wind to get a really good result.  Nevertheless, he got on board and aimed for Cuba.  But a short while later he returned toward shore and then headed out again.  That’s when I got this shot.

Ken is a “local” and he was there with some friends who huddled on shore to keep warm. Soon it would be sunset, but we were gone after getting this photo. Ken was still cruisin’ around when we departed.  Sunsets are corny, but you already know that.   —Paul Goldfinger




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Loggerhead turtle washed up dead on Christmas Day 2020. San Carlos Bay, Florida. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©. Click to enlarge.



LUCIA MICARELLI.  From her album  Music From a Farther Room.


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Dec. 25, 2020. San Carlos Bay. Bunche beach. Ft. Myers, Fla.  Southwest coast.  Paul Goldfinger photo. Click on image to enlarge.

Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor Blogfinger.net

Nature knows no holidays. I went to the beach at 8 am on Christmas morning hoping to find someone in a Santa hat.  As I walked towards the beach entrance, I met a tall young man heading my way carrying a serious photo rig identifying him as a nature photographer.  His lens was about 15 inches long. He came up to me, seeing my camera, and he said that a dead loggerhead turtle had washed up and that it was a very rare finding. He said that this time of year would be unusual for a loggerhead to show up because it was their nesting time.

I walked onto the beach and saw the creature immediately.  It was about 3 1/2 feet long. There were red marks around the head and neck.  A Ranger was also on the scene.  He thought that the animal may have been about 50-70 years old, but he couldn’t say if it were male or female.  Its life expectancy is up to 80 years.  In general these sea turtles are survivors having been around for 100 million years—or so they say.

He turned to rush back to his Jeep to make a call.   He and his colleague would move the animal to a special lab where it would be autopsied with the tentative cause of death being “red tide” which is found in Florida now, but not as bad as last year.

Then a young couple appeared while I was photographing.   They told me that they were active in a group which travels around concerning itself with survival of turtles and other oceanic wildlife.  She showed me her colored bracelets signifying marine places where she has gone to help the cause. These big turtles are considered endangered.

The loggerhead seemed so sad to me, partly because it was Christmas morning, and the couple said that it was not there yesterday. They also agreed with the red tide diagnosis.

The first image was intentionally obtained in color and to show the turtle’s size and its location on the beach.

But then I switched to a monochrom camera with a portrait lens.  This creature seemed like it was dignified in its way and maybe I could reveal that with a black and white photograph.  (see below–next post)

The face of the turtle revealed big dark eyes which almost seemed to be staring ahead.  It’s body was encrusted with barnacles as if it had reached old age.  But it looked strong and well nourished, so maybe its luck had run out in a cruel natural oceanic world.   There were signs of violence on its body, and that clashed with the idea of “peace on Earth” which prevailed today.

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