52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


Water Lilies

For the second year in a row I have visited a woman in Sarasota who has an amazing garden and green thumb.  She loves her Water Lilies and enjoys sharing them with avid photographers.




Small Door

I have mentioned in past posts that I have a thing for windows or doors.  I am always curious about what lies behind them.   This one really caught my eye while touring an old castle in Germany.  It was fairly small, solidly built with strong black hinges.  Fair enough, but what really intrigued me was the posted sign.  To the left is the Exit and to the right is the Men and Women’s WC.  REALLY????

IMG_0650 2


Week 52 #17 Fireworks

Another year of blogging is in the books, this post concludes the 2017-18 photo challenge. Normally the next 52 weeks of challenges would begin the first of August, but this year it has been scheduled to start later this year.  Beginning next week I will share a variety of photos from years past.

I spent the week of July 4th in northern Minnesota with my family. We had a wonderful week catching up. On the final night of our stay we enjoyed a magnificent firework display right outside our condos.  The fireworks at times were so large they were impossible to photograph because they were exploding right above us. I forgot my brand new wireless shutter remote at home, so I lightly touched the shutter button when I heard the pop of the next firework being set off.  I was lucky with this one, it was small enough to capture the whole thing and display its colorful light trails.

Thanks for following me through the year and making an occasional remark. This blog has kept life interesting and it allows me at times to think outside the box. If you haven’t done so check out my Monochrome blog. http://www.carolynelimono.wordpress.com My posts come out every Monday.



Week 50 #A5 Texture

One of the fantastic things about living in Florida are the numerous variety of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials that provide year round color.  On a first visit to Palma Sola Botanical Park in Bradenton, Florida with friends, we were met with several varieties of fragrant Plumeria, Zinnias and Trumpet Flowers to name just a few.  The free admission park is set on 10 acres with lush gardens, numerous exotic fruit trees, walking trails, lakes, a screened pavilion available for private parties and several gazebos.  A pink plumeria bloom nestled in a crook of the tree is a nice contrast against the textured moss and lichen covered branches.



Week 49 #14 Emotional

Selenicereus grandiflorus also known as “Night-Blooming Cereus” or “Queen of the Night”, is a cactus species that originated in Central America and Mexico.  Once a year the species blooms at night.  Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, has a large plant with approximately 1000 flowers climbing up the trunk of a live oak tree on its property.  The evening of June 12, 2018 proved to be an emotional night.  I gathered with an estimated 200 other spectators to watch the process of the buds opening up to be a beautiful 9 inch diameter flower.  I arrived at 8:00P.M. to see all the buds closed and found a perfect spot to sit and take in the “show”.  As the evening light began to fade, slowly the buds began to open.  By total darkness around 9:30P.M. the tree literally glowed with all the opened white flowers.  I can hardly wait for next year to see this amazing process all over again.


1 Comment

Week 48 #A4 Mono

I have posted several photos of Seagate a mansion built on Sarasota Bay in 1929 by Powel and Gwendolyn Crosley several times this past year.  Check out weeks 29 and 31.  The day I was there I only brought my “Nifty 50″/50mm lens to fulfill theme 29.  Because of its limitations I was only able to capture part of the upper floor and tower with several of the old pine trees that grace the property.