52 weeks with Carolyn

A Theme Based Photo Blog


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Week 2 #21 Hot and Steamy

Humidity in Florida this time of year is a given.  I dream of days gone by living in Iowa when we would have a cool front move through for a few days and I could throw open the windows to air out the house.  I don’t think I have had the windows and doors open to welcome cooler humid free days since February.  Moisture accumulates on the windows and doors almost every evening, it burns off during the day and returns again at night.  Easily entertained,  I decided to return to my childish ways and draw a heart on our “Hot and Steamy” windows.

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Week 28 # 51 Windowscapes

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This week I joined my neighbor and a few of her friends at The Powel Crosley Jr. estate “Seagate” on Sarasota Bay built in 1930.  Royal Teas held in February and March raise funds to help maintain the estate.  The estate was purchased by the Manatee County Commission in 1991 to preserve its historic nature.  The entire estate sits on 16.5 bayfront acres and is a popular spot for weddings, parties and business meetings through out the year.  I thought it would be a fun place for my photography club to gather for a field trip but, was told the rates ran from $3,200 to $5,200 a day!  Lets see average field trip attendance is 30 so cost would be per person $106 to $173. Not going to happen!

Powel Crosley Jr. was quite the entrepreneur. To name only a few of his career accomplishments he started an automobile accessory company, manufactured phonographs, radios, operated station WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio which became the most powerful radio station ever operated in the United States.  He helped launch the careers of numerous performers of that time. He owned the Cincinnati Reds at one time and we owe our gratitude to him for develping lighting for night time games.  And for us photography nuts he helped develop the 35mm camera!

Since I only had to pay $35 to attend the tea, I was glad I brought my camera and decided to shoot as many photos as I could before my neighbor drug me out of there.  This windowscape photo was taken in the second floor circular Ship room.  It is the only room in the  house with wooden floors and walls. The ceiling has a compass painted directly in the center.  The metal scroll work and lights surround the room.  This view faces the bay.

 

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Week 10 #11 Four

I recently participated in The 9th annual Worldwide Photo Walk sponsored by Scott Kelby a professional photographer who lives in the Tampa area.  Photographers from all over the world met on October 1 with a professional photographer to shoot photos together.  I joined a group in Ybor City in Tampa, a revitalized area known as a hub in the past for producing hand rolled cigars.  There are still several shops in the area and we visited one  to watch the process.   Just down the block lies an abandoned building with colorful graffiti and interesting architectural designs.  Behind the building I noticed near the top  4 windows shuttered with rusty aging metal.  A perfect representation for this weeks theme.

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