The slideshow above came from a google html/css gadget originally posted on the side panel and moved into the blog column. The code was a slight modification of the code found on the W3.CSS Slideshow page. The code from the gadget was copied as HTML/CSS into this post. For some reason there is now a vertical shift and a lot of "space." Blogger seems to have altered some of the code.
Supplemental (Mar 15): Found the bug. There were some spurious <br> 's in the html code for the blog so I placed the entire <div> code for the container on one line. Removed the vertical shift.