52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


Week 9 #46 The Color Purple

Asters along with Mums in the nurseries signify fall is on the way.  They are one of the last perennial flowers to bloom in gardens and attract numerous bees and butterflies.  Asters come in various shades of blue, pink and purple, and are the Flower of the Month for September.  I stopped at the nursery today to buy some plants to spruce up my front porch and captured these Asters colored in a beautiful shade of purple.




Week 8 #5 Action Shot

Over Labor Day weekend my husband and I visited our daughter and her family in Minnesota.  Before moving to Minnesota they lived in Colorado and enjoyed all that mountain life had to offer.  They are an active family and decided to try joining a boat club on Lake Minnetonka.  Several times a month they head out for a fun afternoon exploring the lake.  Lake Minnetonka is a 14,500 acre lake located west of Minneapolis and is the 9th largest lake in the land of 10,000 lakes.  Its a popular spot because of its proximity to the city. Beautiful cottages and multi-million dollar homes line the shore line.  My grandkids love to hop on one of  large inner tubes available to rent and be pulled around at break neck speeds.  Amazingly they both hung on with smiles on their faces while I captured this Action Shot and NEVER fell off!



Week 7 #36 Seasonal Showers/Inclement Weather

Hurricane Irma hit Florida with a bang last weekend.  Lives were lost, many are still without power and sadly no house to go home to.  My heart is aching for my fellow Floridians for the loss and pain so many of them are going through.  I feel so fortunate that my home and neighbors only experienced minor tree damage.  The skies are crystal blue now with a scattering of clouds picture perfect, it’s so hard to believe only days ago we were all hunkered down while Irma unleashed her fury.

While driving in my development I found a very large oak tree blown over from the high winds.  Sadly a perfect photo op to fulfill the Seasonal Showers/Inclement Weather theme.



Week 6 #12 Documentary

As I write this, millions of  Floridians are preparing for Hurricane Irma to make up its mind what path of unprecedented destruction it will make.  I spent an hour at the grocery store stocking up with ice and other supplies yesterday and several hours today looking for batteries and drinking water.  This is my first hurricane experience and I find it difficult to know who to pray for!  I don’t want it to harm my community but I certainly don’t wish it to harm others.  I drove above Interstate 75 this afternoon, to fulfill the “documentary” theme, and witnessed the line of evacuees heading north.  It appeared they were averaging 30 to 40 miles an hour.  They are in for a long drive to safety.



Week 5 #23 I Found This Memorial

Last week I meet some girlfriends for lunch in Bradenton’s Cortez Village.  Cortez Village is one of the few remaining Gulf Coast fishing villages whose history dates back to the 1880’s.  Nestled between warehouses on the shore of Sarasota Bay we ate our lunch at a quaint Seafood Restaurant with a boat dock nearby.  Its a popular spot for the locals and tourists to catch a glimpse of Florida’s past.  While walking back to our car I found nestled underneath a large Sea grape tree this Bronze Memorial Statue that is dedicated to Florida’s Commercial Fisherman.  I easily could have missed it and had to climb under the tree to capture the photo.