52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 3 #23 If Flowers Could Talk

“If Flowers Could Talk”, these spent roses could tell you they lived a full and glorious life sharing their beauty with my husband and me.  They arrived with 9 other stems along with babies breath and some greenery to be arranged in a crystal vase that belonged to my mother and before her my grandmother.   As they began to wither, their beauty was still admired until finally needing to be replaced by another dozen roses of similar color. Dying roses take on another dimension and by applying a few creative filters they provided me with an image I can still enjoy.

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Week 2 #21 Hot and Steamy

Humidity in Florida this time of year is a given.  I dream of days gone by living in Iowa when we would have a cool front move through for a few days and I could throw open the windows to air out the house.  I don’t think I have had the windows and doors open to welcome cooler humid free days since February.  Moisture accumulates on the windows and doors almost every evening, it burns off during the day and returns again at night.  Easily entertained,  I decided to return to my childish ways and draw a heart on our “Hot and Steamy” windows.

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Week 1 #37 Senior Hands

Today marks the first week of my next 52 Week Photo Challenge.  If you are interested in reading what themes lie ahead click on the Themes 2017-2018 found at the top of the page.

These “Senior Hands” belong to my friend Esther.  She is a soft spoken, modest but spunky 90+ years young woman who moved to Florida from Connecticut 3 years ago.  Esther and I have become friends by way of a Women’s Bible Study at my church and as a member of a Women’s Book Group I host once a month.  I will never forget the day a group of us were getting to know each other and when asked, Esther said “she really didn’t have that exciting of a life”.  None of us believed her and upon questioned her further, she finally said “Well, I was what you call a “Rosie the Riveter” during the war.  Really? Not an exciting life??   She went on to tell us that her husband served in WW2 and flew B-17 Bombers based out of England to Europe.  Esther felt the call along with approximately 19 million women to serve our country during the war by working in factories and shipyards. These women became known as the cultural iconic “Rosie the Riveters”.  Esther worked in a Chevrolet Car Plant in New Jersey, that was converted to produce Navy F6F-5 Hellcat Fighter Planes.  12,275 planes were produced and at peak production came off the assembly lines at one an hour.  After the war she completed studies at Colombia to become a Medical Coder in hospitals.  She raised 3 daughters, and has lovingly held 3 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren with these amazing hands.

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Week 52 # A3 Old Photographic Effect

This is my final post for the 2016-2017 52 Week Photo Challenge.  I really enjoy this challenge because it keeps me constantly looking for new photo opportunities.  For my final photo I chose to enhance one I took on a recent trip to Minneapolis with an “Old Photographic Effect”.  The Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis crosses over the Mississippi River near Saint Anthony Falls, the only natural water fall on the 2,320 mile long river.  The bridge was built in 1883 by James J. Hill for the Great Northern Railway.  Today the bridge has been transformed into a major pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfare.  This photo shows an isolated area of the bridge with a smaller foot bridge that leads to a pathway along the river.

Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog every week.  My next post will be the beginning of another year full of more interesting and fun themes.

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Week 50 #A6 Stripes

Following up from my post last week that was taken at the Florida Polytechnic University at Lakeland FL. I have a photo that was taken inside the amazing building.  The inside has a very modern look of white walls, bright colorful furniture and wood accents.  The library is located on the second floor and before entering on both ends you will find this unique shaped accented striped wood wall.

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Week 49 #A4 Photographer’s Choice

A few weeks ago my photography group took a field trip to visit Florida Polytechnic University, near Lakeland FL.  The campus was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and opened for classes in August, 2014.  The university’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building is an amazing ultra modern structure, an architectural photographers dream.  We were lucky to visit on a Saturday when classes were not in session which allowed our group to photograph the outside and inside the building.

When we arrived I was able to capture this shot with great reflections in one of the three man made ponds before the wind picked up later that morning.

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