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Paul Goldfinger ©. Lakes Park Farmers’ Market. Jan 10, 2018.



AL MARTINO   Looking forward to Christmas:




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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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Wedding Party. Edison Estate on the Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers, Florida. March  2011. Re-posted by Paul Goldfinger- 2018—-Blogfinger.net ©.


—Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.


This photo requires a bit of narrative.  It’s a gorgeous Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Edison Estate  (the winter home of  Thomas A.)   We’re milling about, sizing up the tour which we are about to take, when a white limo pulls up.  Out spills the bridal party. The wedding photographer is fumbling with his equipment, and the women form a protective ring around the bride.

So here I am with my camera, and this scene unfolds right in front of me. I pick up my Leica M-9 and start shooting. I’m caught up in the event.    I’m a paparazzi, circling the scene like a shark—moving in with my wide angle lens.

Just then, a cell phone rings multiple times, with the sound coming from the right side.  It’s  the bride’s mother’s phone.   I snap the photo, and then the bride says, “Mom!!  I think your phone’s ringing!!”


Editor’s note:  The bride was so beautiful;   I can’t leave it like this–with Mom’s phone ringing.  Let’s fast forward and imagine a moment later in the day when all attention is focused on the bride.


Here are the JAGUARS:  This is one of the all-time great love songs—-By Jerome Kern  (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics.)  Dorothy said that she cried when she first heard Kern’s melody.


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Bunche Beach, Fla.  Paul Goldfinger © February , 2018. Click to enlarge.


Enlarge the photo to see the variety of bathing outfits at this family beach in South West Florida.




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Paul Goldfinger © January, 2020. Southwest, Florida.   Click on image to enlarge.


LANA DEL REY “Blue Velvet.”    This song is from 1950, and Tony Bennett was the first to have a hit with it.  Lana Del Rey is a currently active recording star who made this version first in 2012, and it was well received.

David Lynch, who made the movie of the same name, liked it very much. Del Rey is a glamorous star who wore an off -the-rack dress from the mall to the Grammy Awards.

The version of Blue Velvet below is from her album Born to Die–the Paradise Edition (2018)

Her latest album was nominated but did not win at the 2020 Grammys. It is very good.



Lana Del Rey

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Flamingo Drive. Tropicana Park.” Ft, Myers. Paul Goldfinger ©  January 14, 2018.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger

No one calls them “trailer parks.”  Mobile/manufactured home communities can be found all over Florida,  but Tropicana, in the south west part of the state,  is a special sort.  It sits among the big boys—-fancy gated condo and private home developments with tile roofs and walls surrounding the properties. Most of these affluent “over 55” places are on waterways with boats parked in the back, and most are surrounded with walls.   In order to get in, you need to aim your clicker at  the iron gates which then slide open, and after you go through, they close rapidly behind.


But mobile home parks are not necessarily desolate places with cars up on cinder blocks. Many, such as Tropicana, are not even mobile–all units are on foundations.  I call mine an “immobile home.”


Tropicana is like a village, with nearly 500 units, winding streets and palm trees. It is actually quite attractive.   There are no garages and no parking allowed on the streets, but each unit has a carport.  Our carport was blown apart a few years ago by a “mini-tornado.”  Since we  were the only ones hit so hard, I called  the Sheriff’s Department about my theory of an act of terrorism, but they ignored me.  It was just Florida weather.


Most people who own places here are from the mid-west. Our neighbors are from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and other heartland states.  Some Canadians vacation here, and few Jersey plates are seen. Only 10% of homeowners or renters live here year round.  The parkland  is owned by resident shareholders, and the official name is Tropicana Co-op.


Culturally southwest Fla.  is quite different from what we north-easterners are used to.  At Ace Hardware, a burly guy with a crew cut didn’t know how to work the bicycle hand pump which I was considering.  He said it was a “new fangled gadget.”  I met a retired pediatric dentist who made money as a kid milking cows in Kentucky.  Next week they’re having “hot dog day” here, but you have to sign up in advance and tell them how many dogs you will eat.


Here’s a link to our article from last September about Tropicana.

Retirement in southwest Florida


THE NUTMEGS  (with the rest of the story:)



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Paul Goldfinger © Ft. Myers, Fla. c.2013







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Sanibel Island, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Q2M. February 1, 2021.  Click to enlarge the creature.



LUND KORALLERNA  “Sankta Lucia”   From, a Swedish Christmas.


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Iona district in Ft. Myers, Fla. 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Iona district in Ft. Myers, Fla. 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


RENEE´  OLSTEAD    with “Skylark”  by Hoagy Carmichael (music) and Johnny Mercer  (lyrics)—–Johnny was from Savannah; Hoagy from Indiana. Both men composed and sang.


Renee Olstead

Renee Olstead

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Tropicana Park. Ft. Myers, Fla. January, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.



“Music was everywhere
Flowers were in her hair
Under an awning of silvery boughs we traded vows
The night that I sailed away”


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