52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 34 #27 My Favorite Place

For at least 2 weeks in March, my family has been gathering on Sanibel Island, FL. since the late 80’s.  It is by far “My Favorite Place” to visit and stay.  I never grow tired of the view, walking the beach, looking for shells, relaxing in the sunshine and hearing the surf come in.  Even though I now call Florida home and can visit beaches closer to home, they don’t compare to the beach right outside our waterfront condo.  Phone photo,  so excuse the noise in the beautiful blue sky. 😊




Week 33 #18 Forms In Nature

Last week I attended a workshop led by Roman Kurywckak at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples, FL.  While our main focus was photographing birds, I spotted this interesting pattern formed by a Ficus aurea aka Strangler fig.  A quick search on google and I discovered there are 10 species of Ficus, two of which are native.  The Strangler fig will eventually kill the tree it wraps around and is only found in Florida.



Week 32 #2 A Stranger

I meet Corinne while traveling with a group of friends to participate in a Church Work Trip in Baldwin, LA.  She was our waitress at Rotolo’s Pizzeria and didn’t hesitate when asked to pose for a photo so I could fulfill “A Stranger” theme.  While visiting with her we discovered she was a Senior in High School and was planning on attending Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in the fall to major in Pharmaceutical Medicine.  She was just the sweetest, smart and polite young woman.  We all agreed she would definitely fulfill her dream and make a wonderful Pharmacist.



Week 31 #30 One Shot With 3 Shapes

At Seagate, the Crosley Estate in Sarasota, FL. you will find several carved and cut out windows built into the lanai.  When I got home and downloaded my photos I realized the windows were perfect for the “One Shot With 3 Shapes” theme.  Actually you will find 4 shapes, a Square, Pentagon, Triangle and also a Rectangle.




Week 30 #3 Abandoned

Of all God’s creatures I have to say the Black Vulture is not the most liked or attractive bird.  Here in Florida they are always present either soaring high in the sky searching for their next meal or on the ground devouring it.  On the day I snapped a shot of this one it  had just finished eating a fish.  Vultures can be very ferocious birds and more than likely stole the fish from one of the other “beautiful” birds nearby.  Shortly after I took the photo it abandoned the fish and went off in search of another tasty meal.  _MG_5581


Week 29 #39 Shot with 50mm

Earlier this week I joined a neighbor and her friends for Tea at Seagate the Crosley Estate in Sarasota.  During a few weeks in the winter months the Estate holds the Teas to raise funds to provide continued restorations.  The Seagate was constructed in 1929 by Powel Crosley, Jr. a Multi Millionaire from Ohio.  Amazingly the home was constructed in 72 nine hour work days.

We were fortunate enough to be seated on the outdoor second floor lanai with an amazing view of the Sarasota Bay waterfront.  I only brought a 50mm lens, also known as The Nifty Fifty, mounted on my camera to see what shots I could capture.  We were close to this table and I really like the depth of field and clarity it captured.



Week 28 #22 I Love You

With Valentine’s Day approaching next week I thought I would choose the I Love You theme for this weeks post.  Nothing says “I Love You” in the world of birds than bringing home nesting materials.  I captured this male and female pair of Great Blue Herons at the Venice Rookery taking turns searching for and returning with branches of all sizes to add to the nest.