February — Something Red

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One place that is serene and beautiful for a stroll is Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.  The bountiful variety of flowers and plants make it a photographer’s paradise.  On a recent visit, I only had my iPhone 11 Pro Max to capture some of its beauty.  But next visit … I’m taking the big camera along!  By the way, if you are wondering what is that eyeball doing in that flower, it is part of Selby’s current exhibit of Salvador Dali’s “Gardens of the Mind” collaboration with The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.  Selby has put together cool designs inspired by Dali’s fascination with art, math, science and nature.  Dali’s interest in “divine geometry” is based on the idea that natural forms such as the nautilus shell, daisies and beehives grow at a constant proportion without changing shape. Many of these numerical ratios are found in Dali’s works and throughout the Gardens.

February … Low Angle

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Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde, Maine.

Come every June, we pack up the car and dogs and drive for three days to our summer home in Maine, leaving the Florida sultry heat behind.  We are filled with excitement to see friends again and enjoy morning coffees on our deck watching boats bob about in the harbor and listening to the cries of the osprey’s new chicks.  Four months later, we do the same drive back, filled with the same excitement to catch up with friends and enjoy Florida’s warmer temps as frosty nights begin embracing Maine.  I can never get enough of photographing Maine’s landscape, returning to familiar scenes to capture different angles, like the Marshall Point Lighthouse.  This scene was captured the summer of 2017 as I experimented with ‘low angle’ shots of this iconic structure.  I then edited with a Topaz texture to give a painterly look.  Hope you enjoy!

Week 14 — In a Row

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I never tire visiting the Ringling property.  The grounds, the museum, and the house provide plenty of opportunity to photograph the beauty of the buildings and its location.  The Ca’ d’Zan was the winter home of the American circus owner, developer and art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable.  They built the Venetian Gothic residence in 1926 on the Sarasota Bay.  This image of the bayfront terrace was made from domestic and imported marble.  Stunning design!  And then there’s the 36,000 square foot house with its embellished glazed tiles, medallions and other ornaments.  A great place to sit and take in the view!  And to use as this week’s assignment of ‘In a Row’ with the windows, chairs and umbrellas!

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Week 13 — Macro in Mono

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Beetle in Flower at Selby Gardens, Sarasota.

I don’t do a lot of macro photography but really enjoy seeing other photographers’ macro shots.  On a visit to Selby Gardens, I practiced using my macro lens but with limited  success.  Definitely needed a tripod!  But I found this image was interesting as the beetle appeared to be floating above the flower when actually he was crawling around among the pollen filled petals.

Week 11 — Boat

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Schooner in Penobscot Bay off the coast of Camden, ME

We spend our summers in Rockport, Maine, and there is never a lack of boats to admire in waters that provide some of the best cruising in the world.  Penobscot Bay, where this schooner was captured, offers perfect cruising grounds, with over 200 islands large and small, intriguing harbors, quaint fishing villages and stunning coastal towns and summer resorts.  We never tire exploring Maine’s extraordinary coastal beauty.

 

Week 10 — J is for Jungle Gardens

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Flamingo at Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida.

There’s no better place to take young and old alike than to Sarasota Jungle Gardens.  With over 10 acres of lush landscaping, one can get up close and personal with all kinds of native and exotic animals, with my favorite being the beautiful flamingos like the one above.  I was scheduled to join our photo club this week to visit the Sarasota Jungle Gardens but unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a conflict.  As disappointing as that was, fortunately I had been there a few times over the last couple of weeks, enjoying each and every encounter.  I have no doubt that many more visits are in my future!