52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


Week 39 #22 Ordinary Objects

I have always been a big proponent of recycling.  Years ago before cities began curb side service I would collect our recycling and make a weekly trip to a drop off location.  Living in Iowa since I was a little girl we had a bottle tax law.  When you purchased pop, beer or other liquor, 5 cent per item was added to your bill.  I remember as a child walking around the neighborhood collecting bottles (cans weren’t as prevalent then) and taking them to redeem at the store to buy candy.  For years when I took my daily walks I would take plastic grocery bags along with me to pick up trash, cans and bottles.  I was always amazed that every day I could fill up sometimes 2 bags.  My neighbors knew me as the “trash lady”.  It became a regular joke with my husband how much money I made on my daily walks.

While traveling recently I read an article about a company in Seattle who has started a clothing line made entirely of recycled plastic bottles.  Their first hot item were women’s black leggings, selling for $25.  By the time the company gets in full swing with other products they estimate they will have diverted almost 7 million water bottles from land fills.  That number is staggering to me and that is just one town one company.

Another fact I was unaware of is how long it takes a plastic bottle to biodegrade.  The experts estimate it could take 450 years.  Yikes!  We Americans drink about 50 billion bottles of water every year but recycle only 23 % of that.  I haven’t gotten in the habit of using a reusable bottle for my drinking water and do purchase bottled water for use when I am away from home running errands etc.  I never leave home without one.  I do however, continue to be diligent in collecting the empties and adding them to the recycle bin for our weekly pickups.

I chose a few varieties and sizes of water bottles to highlight this weeks them “Ordinary Objects”.





Week 38 #17 Misplaced/Lost/Missing Pieces

This week I went to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota with a couple of friends to check out the the Marc Chagall special exhibit “Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams”. The exhibit in the Conservatory was amazing with an abundance of flowers, 4 transparent stained glass partitions and several constructed walls of houses complete with doors, windows and window boxes overflowing with fresh flowers.  I’m trying to decide what remaining themes I have that could be used to showcase the exhibit.

I did however spot an unusual door mat of all things when coming out of the Payne Mansion after viewing a display of the history of Marc Chagall.  The mat has many missing pieces that reveals the likeness of a dog.  You never know when you will spot something that will fulfill a weekly theme!



Week 37 #1 A Fairy Tale

I recently visited the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary a non-profit sanctuary for big cats, bears and other animals in need.  My photography group arranged a special behind the scenes shoot after the park closed.  25 of us lined up behind a chain link fence and watched with fascination as a handler worked with 3 different big cats.  Its a challenge to shoot through chain link fence but, I was rewarded with this image of a male lion in all his glory.  Looking over the list of remaining weekly challenge themes,  the first one “A Fairy Tale” reminded me of one of Aesop’s Fables “The Lion and The Mouse”.  When I was growing up we had several volumes of Aesop’s Fables and I can remember reading many of the fables on rainy stay inside days.   All fables have a moral and many of them involve animals.  If your not familiar with “The Lion and The Mouse” look it up it has a great moral, “Little friends may become great friends”.



Week 36 #27 Quaint and Quirky

My daughter and her family have been here this week for Spring Break from the cold in Minnesota.  Yesterday we headed to the Mote Marine Aquarium and an early dinner at a favorite spot on Anna Maria Island.  Along our route I spotted this man riding his motorcycle with this quaint and quirky helmet on.  To me its not so quaint but, it definitely is one of quirkiest things I have seen.   I’m sure its a dead coyote or fox skin, hopefully not from road kill!

I took the photo with my phone and it wasn’t the clearest photo I have ever taken, so I decided to play around with an artistic filter in Smart Photo Editor.