Photos by Roger Zellmer of our trip to Tarpon Springs Sponge Industry about 30 miles north of Tampa Bay Florida on February 15, 2014 with my sister Joanne and her Husband David. Most photos were shot with a Canon 5d Mark iii using a Canon 24- 105 mm f4.0 lens.
It was beautiful day and David wanted to visit this old town. It turned out to be lots of fun and quite educational.
They have been diving for sponges in the world for a long time, back into the Roman days.
The white ones were very soft.
Many different sizes and types were for sale.
The first building had a museum which we decided to tour.
The "bends" have struck.
Linda shopping. I purchased one of these back scratcher/washer sponges.
Young Alligator skull for sale.
My sister Joanne, happy to be out of Wisconsin. They are still harvesting these sponges today and delivering them to this town for processing and marketing.
This was a weekend and most of the sponge harvesting ships were moored here in this harbor.
David and Joanne - "sponge heads"
Was this his wife or girl friend.
The temperature was in low 60's and very pleasant, compared to the weather we had been having.
Look at those socks on Joanne, knitted by Linda.
Lets go look for good fudge now, as all tourist towns have fudge shops.