52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


Week 16 #40 Shot w/Polarizer Filter

For the past two years my friend Roxana and I have been in charge of the Lakewood Ranch Digital Photography Club Field Trips.  Once a month we have organized a trip for our members to numerous locations within a 2 hour drive from Lakewood Ranch.  On our first trip we gathered near UTC mall in Sarasota and photographed a variety of colorful displays of Christmas lights.  On our final trip a week ago took us to Hart’s Landing in downtown Sarasota.  Close to 30 of us spent an hour and a half photograhing one of the most amazing sunsets I have witnessed  so far this fall. The never ending display of colors did not disappoint.  I took this shot about half way through the evening with a newly purchased polarized filter.  I like the way it darkened the water and upper clouds, cut down on the brightness of the sun but still highlighted the colorful sky.




Week 15 #13 Eight

Several days after Hurricane Irma blew through our community, my son called  to inform me there were numerous varieties of birds at a large pond nearby.  I grabbed my camera and drove over to check them out.  Shortly after arriving I noticed seven Wood Storks near the shoreline.  Remembering the theme “Eight” for the 52 Week Photo Challenge my first thought was “Oh shoot, there are only seven, I need eight”.  Thinking if I was patient maybe another one would show up while I was photographing some of the other species around the pond.  About ten minutes later as luck would have it an eighth Wood Stork, the one on the right joined the group.  I was able to get in four shots before it flew off to the other side of the pond.  In this case seven is company and eight is a crowd!



Week 13 #33 Part Of A Face/Head

The crisp fall weather has finally arrived here in Florida. Yesterday I spent part of the day enjoying the cool temperatures at the Tampa Lowry Zoo with a friend.  Our favorite place to begin our day was with the Bornean Orangutans.  We were provided with an extra special photo opportunity when a group of Tampa Quilters arrived with armfuls of quilts for all the primates at the zoo.  The Orangutans in particular enjoy covering themselves with a  blanket at different times of the day.  At one point we watched 3 adults and a baby reaching out to catch the quilts as they were tossed to them.  I captured this young female covering part of her face before swinging up to snuggle under the quilt on a high platform.



Week 12 #15 f/4 or Lower

Last weeks post featured a photo and information about the 2017 World Rowing Championship held in Sarasota, FL.  Events like this also have numerous vendors set up to sell just about anything you can think of related to rowing.  I was particularly interested in the displays of boats.  Years ago the row boats were made from wood and often hand made.  Today they are manufactured from composite reinforced plastic.  The average weight of a 27 foot boat is only 30 pounds.  I captured this f/4 shot of the interior of a single boat complete with shoes!



Week 11 #28 My First Visit To a Rowing Competition

In Sarasota, Florida, Nathan Benderson Parks, history began with the construction of Interstate 75 back in 1968-70.  Dirt removed to help build the Interstate left over a 400 acre lake.  Today the 600 acre park offers residents a 3 mile bike/walking trail around the lake, a playground, picnic area, fishing and a first class venue for Rowing Competitions.  In late September over 900 rowers from 69 countries arrived to participate in the 2017 World Rowing Championships.  I spent several hours with a friend one afternoon for “My First Visit To a Rowing Competition”.

I was impressed with this world class event and witnessed one race right after another. The award ceremonies were similar to the Olympics with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals complete with the playing of the winning competitors national anthem.

The winner of this male single event blew away all of the competitors crossing the finish line with ease.





Week 10 #49 Way Down Low

During Hurricane Irma I spent several days with my son and his family.  Sunday evening when the full force of the storm was upon us my granddaughter found a comfy spot “Way Down Low” to text her friends.  I had to get “Way Down Low” also, (which isn’t as easy these days!) to capture this photo of her.  She is such a sweetie and her bright smile during a tense evening added a moment of sunshine.