52 weeks with Carolyn

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Week 51 #A3 Peaceful

I spent a peaceful evening on July 4th with my family in northern Minnesota that included watching this family of swans glide around a small pond.




Week 50 #A5 Texture

One of the fantastic things about living in Florida are the numerous variety of flowering trees, shrubs and perennials that provide year round color.  On a first visit to Palma Sola Botanical Park in Bradenton, Florida with friends, we were met with several varieties of fragrant Plumeria, Zinnias and Trumpet Flowers to name just a few.  The free admission park is set on 10 acres with lush gardens, numerous exotic fruit trees, walking trails, lakes, a screened pavilion available for private parties and several gazebos.  A pink plumeria bloom nestled in a crook of the tree is a nice contrast against the textured moss and lichen covered branches.



Week 49 #14 Emotional

Selenicereus grandiflorus also known as “Night-Blooming Cereus” or “Queen of the Night”, is a cactus species that originated in Central America and Mexico.  Once a year the species blooms at night.  Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota, has a large plant with approximately 1000 flowers climbing up the trunk of a live oak tree on its property.  The evening of June 12, 2018 proved to be an emotional night.  I gathered with an estimated 200 other spectators to watch the process of the buds opening up to be a beautiful 9 inch diameter flower.  I arrived at 8:00P.M. to see all the buds closed and found a perfect spot to sit and take in the “show”.  As the evening light began to fade, slowly the buds began to open.  By total darkness around 9:30P.M. the tree literally glowed with all the opened white flowers.  I can hardly wait for next year to see this amazing process all over again.



Week 45 #41 Shutter Speed of 1/40 Second

I am still purchasing tulips and noticed when I got home to arrange them, one of the buds had a stroke of red.  Wanting to highlight this unusual tulip I looked at the remaining themes to be filled, and decided to fulfill theme 41 by setting my camera in manual mode and shutter speed to 1/40 second.   I typically like to isolate just one flower in my photos so I enjoy seeing a touch more of the arrangement.



Week 44 #44 Still Life

I attended my nephews wedding over the weekend in Kansas City and had a wonderful time reconnecting with family and meeting “new family”.  I helped my sister and niece with the decorating for the western theme rehearsal dinner held at the couples favorite barbecue restaurant.  The bouquets of sunflowers in red and black buckets provided a perfect opportunity for me to capture some “Still Life”.  I added a little creative processing to the arrangement.



Week 43 #11 Triptych

How can it be the week 43 of my 52 week challenge?  This year has really gone way too fast.  I chose to work on a Triptych this week, a first for me.  Anything new in Photoshop is always a challenge so with the help of a YouTube video and a fellow blogger, I present you with my 3 photo collection of Burrowing Owls.  We are always our worst critics and I know this certainly not print or competition worthy.  Despite some minor issues it was fun to work on, I did learn something new and I can check one more theme off the list!