Bright Spots

The world is hard right now, but there's still good news out there. People helping each other, companies changing missions to serve the public need and more. We're all in this together.

  1. Walter Evans teaches Shotokan, a traditional form of karate, and Sanuces Ryu jiujitsu to beginner students on Monday, May 9, 2022, at the North Greenwood Recreation Center in Clearwater. Evans founded the Shihan School of Survival in 2005 and provides programs that combat the increase in youth obesity, diabetes, violence, bullying, gang activities, criminal behavior, suicide, drug use and other societal issues.
  2. ZooTampa is offering one-time free admission for active-duty military and up to three family members June 1-Sept. 1. The offer is only valid by going online and getting a unique promo code.
  3. Skip Yost, 72, is out at first with a game-winning catch from Peter Golenbock, 76, in February at North Shore Park in St. Petersburg. Golenbock has been playing in the league since 1995 and holds the club record for most at-bats with a number of 5672. He has lived in St. Petersburg since 1989. “It was 75 or 78 degrees on October 31st and I thought to myself, why in the world would I want to live in Connecticut, when I can live here?” Golenbock is a well-known author of several bestselling baseball books including "The Bronx Zoo" and "Dynasty: The New York Yankees, 1949-1964."
  4. Ginny Skoglund, 11, poses for a picture in front of a new sign at Adventure Island in Tampa on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.
  5. April 29, 2022• Photos
    A sandhill crane pecks at its reflection in a door as a chick looks on Friday, April 29, 2022 in Land O' Lakes.
  6. Jacaranda flowers are blooming across the Tampa Bay area. (This stunner is in Clearwater.) The fragrant, showy flower of the jacaranda blooms any time from April through August, but around here the purple, trumpet-shaped flower is most often in full bloom in late April and early May.
  7. At the 2015 Free Comic Book Day a pair of Spider-Men welcomed fans to Yancy Street Comics. After 20 years, the event has turned into the biggest day of the comic book industry.
  8. Roy Peter Clark's daughter Alison captured this image of a pelican in flight at St. Pete Beach.