Friday morning I flew down to Orlando to see my father for a long weekend. Thanks to the direct flight from Dayton, I flew out about 8am, landed about 10:30am, grabbed the bags, drove to my father's place, unpacked and was pool side by about 2pm.
On the way to the club house and pool, I noticed what I thought was a gator and some turtles sunning themselves next to the pool - but I only had my point and shoot camera with me, so this is the only shot I got on Friday:
So I kicked back and enjoyed the pool, and decided I'd bring my DSLR tomorrow:
Saturday was just beautiful! Not a cloud in the sky!
This pontoon plan made a few take offs and landings on the lake:
I was hoping that gator would make it back out, but the only visitors to the local wildlife sunbathing spot were these turtles:
But I kept a lookout....hmmm....waitaminute....what is that I see in the water?
Yep....my buddy was back!
I decided to go out into the grass and try to get a closer shot! I crept up behind him.....closer....closer.....closer....here was the best shot I got. Did I get too close?
I also got a great shot of this blue heron:
Sunday my father and I went over to the IWJG Orlando show...it's one of the biggest in the country run by IWJG. I got to meet face to face with our very own Ed Delgado for the first time (Vintage Rolex Moderator) and saw a few familiar faces as well. Here's a shot of John Brozek, author of The Rolex Report (you can click here to read the review I did of this book):
I also got to meet many of the "Big" Rolex pre-owned/vintage dealers, including Robert Maron, the new head of Antiquorum.
The show was of course down a bit this year due to the economy, but there was still a good 1/2 billion dollars of product on display....more double red Sea-Dwellers, Comex divers, Bond Subs, and Mil Subs than I've ever seen in one place...if it was high end Rolex, it was in this show. In terms of what I bought though, I was pretty conservative and thanks to John Brozek I got a good deal on an item for my Rolex curio cabinet - I think it looks pretty good on the top shelf:
I got a smokin' great deal on this sign, and I've been looking for one forever! I flew back home Monday....it was a very enjoyable weekend!