Mitch Traphagen

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Observations: November 22

That day half a century ago remains a permanent part of my life, despite my lack of memories of it.
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Clyde Butcher: a passionate man capturing the Florida of our dreams

Clyde Butcher is an increasingly rare photographer today, favoring old-style, large format cameras over digital. ...
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The end of Black Friday?

Controversial decisions to open stores on Thanksgiving Day coupled with online shopping could mean the end of Black Friday....
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Observations: Cha-ch-ch-changes

It is often said that the only constant in life is change....
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Observations: The last goodbye

In life, trains are always leaving the station....
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Shooting from memories

While it requires a little patience and practice, many cameras can be manually set to capture the images you see in your mind’s eye, despite all of the amazing technology that sometimes gets in the way....
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South Hillsborough remembers our veterans

In 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower called on all Americans to observe the day by remembering all those who fought for this nation....
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Observations: Haves and have-nots

Income inequality is a huge and growing problem in the United States. ...
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A rainy start and record crowds at Seafood Festival

It is South Hillsborough's largest festival. Photo gallery below article....
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Pedestrian safety topic of presentation at Ruskin Senior Center

Statistically it is far more dangerous for a pedestrian or bicyclist in Tampa than it is in traffic and population-choked Manhattan....
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Manatee Viewing Center opens for the season

People have been coming to the site during the winter months since 1986....
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Author info
image Mitch Traphagen Mitch Traphagen is a photojournalist, columnist and online editor for the Observer News Publications. He is the recipient of 55 awards of excellence from the Community Papers of Florida for his photography and writing. He has worked for some of the nation’s largest corporations, as Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, owned and published a weekly newspaper, and produced a commercial documentary video on sailing. He is a Commodore in the Seven Seas Cruising Association (ssca.org). Mitch is a writer, photographer, sailor and traveler with a bit of a geek thing going on. You can visit his personal website at mitchtraphagen.com
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