52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


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.



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Week 48 #A4 Mono

I have posted several photos of Seagate a mansion built on Sarasota Bay in 1929 by Powel and Gwendolyn Crosley several times this past year.  Check out weeks 29 and 31.  The day I was there I only brought my “Nifty 50″/50mm lens to fulfill theme 29.  Because of its limitations I was only able to capture part of the upper floor and tower with several of the old pine trees that grace the property.









Week 40 #35 Rows of Fibers

Last week, I joined some photo buddies at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota for the first time this year.  Wandering the grounds is always an adventure and finding something I haven’t seen before is a real treat.  This photo is evidence of a new find that I must have passed a dozen times never noticing the intiricate woven rows of fibers.  The fibers are sharp when touched and remind me of woven baskets.  Neglecting to note the botanical name I have taken the liberty of naming it “Basketweave Palm”.   I couldn’t decide whether to process this in color or black and white, so I did both.  If your interested check out the black and white version on my Monochrome Mondays blog next Monday the 7th.  The link is on the top right. I’d love to have you follow me there too!


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Week 36 #7 Blue Hour

The blue hour is a period of twilight in the morning and in the evening when the sun is below the horizon. The indirect existing sunlight takes on a blue shade.

I joined a group from my photo club Tuesday evening along the water of Sarasota Bay.  We had a beautiful evening to work on long exposures during the blue hour.



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 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.