52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


Week 44 # A1 Blue

My husband and I love baseball and have been to many major league games. Since moving to Florida I had yet made it up to St. Petersburg to watch the Rays play. The Seattle Mariners were in town over Memorial Day so we headed to a game with our son and his family. We had a great time despite a disappointing loss. I took my camera along in hopes of getting some shots in to fill some of the remaining themes for the 52 week challenge. This shot could have been taking in every section of the stadium, rows and rows of empty blue seats. I have to say I was shocked at how few fans were there. Tropicana Stadium hold 40,473 people, there were barely 10,000 fans in attendance. That is just down right embarrassing. This area has no idea how lucky they are to have a professional baseball team here. Living in Iowa we had to travel either to Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City or St.Louis all either 3 to 7 hours away to go to a professional game. How fortunate we are to have a field within an hour of our home. The Rays actually have a decent record this season, they are only one game behind the Yankees. Too bad I used “Its a Mystery” for my post last week I could have used it this week too.


ISO 1600 Focal length 110mm Aperture f5.6 Shutter 1/160



Week 43 #22 It’s A Mystery

I have been blessed in both of the homes we have lived in since moving to Florida to see a “rainbow” most mornings on the tiled floor or walls in our master bath. They aren’t a typical rainbow in the sense because they aren’t bowed. When the light coming in nearby windows refracts through beveled glass nearby it casts lines of colors directly to the floor or walls. WE all know the colors of a rainbow are made up of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. When in actuality a rainbow is a whole continuum of colors from red to violet and even beyond the colors that the eye can see.

They are a mystery to me for several reasons. Imagine what the first humans on earth thought when a rainbow appeared. Were they frightened? Did they look at it as some type of sign something terrible was about to happen? Or did they see it as a miracle and a sign of beauty to behold and enjoy? When did humans figure out how rainbows were made? Do animals notice rainbows? Do people living in developing countries with no education understand what a rainbow is? What do small children think about rainbows? We’ve all heard the tale of finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I remember as a child imagining finding that pot of gold and thinking how lucky and rich I would be! So many mysteries to ponder for something so simple and beautiful to enjoy.


ISO 500 Focal length 73mm Aperture f/5 Shutter speed 1/125


Week 42 #28 Natural Beauty

Did you know there are over 5000 different varieties of dragonflies? Not me! Borrowing information from a web site about dragonflies I have learned some amazing facts. Dragonflies belong to the order Odonata, which means “toothed one” in Greek and refers to the dragonfly’s serrated teeth. Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. Modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, but fossil dragonflies have been found with wingspans of up to two feet. In their larval stage, which can last up to two years, they are aquatic and eat most anything – tadpoles, mosquitoes and other insect larvae. At the end of the larval stage they will crawl out of the water, then its exoskeleton cracks open and releases the insect’s abdomen, which had been packed in like a telescope. Its four wings come out, and they dry and harden over the next several hours to days. Dragonflies are expert fliers. They can fly straight up and down, hover like a helicopter and even mate mid-air. If they can’t fly, they’ll starve because they only eat prey they catch while flying. Dragonflies catch their insect prey by grabbing it with their feet. Some adult dragonflies live for only a few weeks while others live up to a year. Nearly all of the dragonfly’s head is eye, so they have incredible vision that encompasses almost every angle right behind them. Dragonflies offer great control of the mosquito population. A single dragonfly can eat 30 to hundreds of mosquitoes per day.

Putting all this scientific information aside, I hope you enjoy my shot of this dragonfly whose natural beauty is breathtaking.


ISO 100 Focal length 300mm Aperture f/13 Shutter speed 1/30


Week 41 #42 Skyline Panorama

I thought taking a panoramic shot of a skyline would be a fairly easy thing to do. How hard can it be, find a skyline and take a few shots. Well, I have taken numerous shots of several skylines since fall and every single one has been out of focus for some reason. I guess I just need to keep practicing whenever possible. I took this shot of downtown Des Moines back in the fall. I know it isn’t panoramic but, it is a skyline. Unfortunately the shot was taken heading west into the sun so the conditions were not ideal. Because of this I decided to process it into B&W.


ISO 100 Focal length 73mm Aperture F/10 Shutter speed 1/400


Week 40 # 11 Favorite Room

I can’t believe this is week 40 of my 52 week challenge! The time has just flown by. This week I finally decided after thinking and thinking what my favorite room is of not only our home but, other places I have been. I don’t know if “officially” our lanai would be considered a room but, to me it is, so therefore I show you my favorite room. It is my favorite room for a number of reasons. Its a great place to entertain, grow my orchids and other plants, read a book, sit and sip wine, eat an easy meal, listen to the birds, enjoy a cool breeze, listen to the fountain in the pool, catch up with my husband, just sit and do nothing (how many of us take that time?) and most of all watch some pretty sunsets in the evenings. I can’t think of a more perfect room to spend time in.


ISO 100 Focal length 24mm Aperture f/6.3 Shutter speed 1/60