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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Spiral Staircase, The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
One of my favorite sites in the area is The Dali Museum with its expansive spiral staircase. This image was taken looking up through the center and I liked capturing the young man leaning on the rails. If you’ve never been there, it’s a spectacular building that compliments Dali’s extraordinary vision.
Below is an image of the staircase I grabbed off the web. Isn’t it grand!
Flamingos, Sarasota Jungle Gardens
I caught these two flamingos dancing with their lovely long necks swaying in little loving nuzzles. Standing among the Sarasota Jungle Garden’s flock of pink pandemonium was an exhilarating event of observation.
A little flamingo fact: The backward bending “knee” of a flamingo’s leg is actually the bird’s ankle. The actual knee is very close to the body and is not visible through the bird’s plumage. Our photo club is returning next month and I look forward to capturing these beauties once again!
Nikon D850 and edited in Lightroom with adjustment brush to create black background. And that’s a wrap for 2019!