Monday, November 10, 2014

Blue Monday - Balloon Blue Whale

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I spotted this picture of a lifesize balloon of a Blue whale in the newspaper. St. Pete is about an hour drive from our home, so off we went to take some pictures for you! We got there around 10:00 AM.

The Great Whale Conservancy, a group dedicated to moving shipping lanes to reduce ship strikes to whales, inflated a large 90-foot balloon Blue whale in North Straub Park, Monday, November 3, 2014 to promote the upcoming Blue Ocean Film Festival, St. Petersburg. The festival begins Monday and runs through November 9 with films and events at the Mahaffey Theater, Sundial 20, USF St. Petersburg Student Center Ballroom, and Vinoy Grand Ballroom. For information, go to                                                                                     SCOTT KEELER | TIMES

Here's a picture of the Mahaffey Theater. The clerk on duty told us that the Blue whale balloon is only inflated in the afternoons at the adjacent North Straub Park and is deflated and taken inside each evening!

A close-up of the Blue banner.

This is a shady part of North Straub Park.

Here's a prettier part of the park. I would imagine that they would place the Blue balloon here.

(sigh) At least the sky is Blue, and the water is Blue! Why, even the sign is part Blue!

Happy Blue Monday!

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Annesphamily said...

Hi Sally, always my pleasure to see you here. Oh the stories I could tell you about blue whales! HaHaHa! They are such interesting creatures but my gf Sharon and my hubby have this thing for blue whales. It is too funny and your post made me smile! Hugs, Anne

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like a wonderful cause to help the Blue Whales survive being hit by large shipping vessels. Whales are endangered so every little bit helps! Happy Blue Monday!

Hazel said...

Blue whales! Huge, amazing, powerful! I love that shady part of North Straub Park.

Anne Seltmann said...

What a nice idea with the inflatable whale. Hopefully no one destroys it!

Have a nice Monday


Gerald (SK14) said...

what a mighty whale that is

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

That's an impressive whale, all the more so for being blue! Happy Blue Monday!

Debbie at Travel with Intent said...

Shame you missed the balloon, but it's a pretty place to be, regardless. I was there earlier this year and enjoyed a few strolls through that park.

Mersad said...

I love that shady part of the park. Seems like a great place to relax and enjoy life.

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Great post, Sally. Love the huge blue whale and the worthy cause it promotes.We have similar initiatives here in Australia. Thanks for hosting.

DougPhoto2009 said...

Sally, that is some balloon. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, The huge Blue Whale balloon is amazing. The purpose of the whale is a great cause. This whale balloon could be in the Macy's parade. Love your photos of the area. Beautiful Florida!

Happy Blue Monday.
Love, Jeanne

Anonymous said...

this looks like a great place to relax, and what a great cause to help; happy Monday :)

bj said...

These are such great blue photos.
Thanks for being such a sweet and loyal host. You always do the best job on your blues.

LV said...

I am glad this blue whale is a balloon. Would not not like to see a real one this size. Your part of the world has many interesting sights. I made my trip okay, but there is no place like home.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Good morning Sally. My blue is small today amongst all the pieces of wood but it is there in two places, a Beswick vase and a shelf of misc. blue china and ornaments. Sunshine today and frost of the roof tops.

Sarah said...

This is great! I'm all in favor of protecting the whales.
Thanks for hosting. Not certain in my link went through. Don't see it yet, but perhaps it takes some time.

JLS Hall said...

That is one BIG balloon! But it's such a pretty shade of blue.

Happy Blue Monday, Sally! And have a wonderful week.

Leovi said...

Beautiful photos, wonderful blue whale!

Unknown said...

The blue whale looks awesome.

Black Jack's Carol said...

This was fascinating, Sally! I LOVE whales and am so happy to see that there are efforts to protect them. Good for you for driving an hour to bring those wonderful photos to us! Many thanks for hosting!

joyh82 said...

I think that is the hugest and coolest balloon I have ever seen! Have a great week Sally :)

My name is Riet said...

What a great balloon Sallty. I never saw anything like it.Happy BM

Joanne Olivieri said...

I found the blue whale story fascinating and a wonderful project. Great detailed pictures as well. Thanks for sharing your part of the world.

Chubby Chieque said...

How I wish I am there, Maam Sally.

Hope you enjoyed your strolling moment.

Happy Blue Monday.

Chubby Chieque said...

How I wish I am there, Maam Sally.

Hope you enjoyed your strolling moment.

Happy Blue Monday.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally,

That whale is amazing! You'll have to return one afternoon to see it inflated :-)

Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

That whale looks huge!

Anonymous said...

Lovely post by a lovely lady. You made me smile today, in a way you probably didn't even intend. I noticed "Love is Blue" in your sidebar and it gave me a beautiful trip down memory lane to one of my favorite songs as a little girl. I will be singing it all day and thinking of you. :)