When I am not in a photo challenge, I like to upload pictures unique to Florida living. Seeing this gator walking so close to the sidewalk when I went to the mailbox is pretty unique in my book!
A is for Anhinga. I spotted this Anhinga on my morning walk today. I wish I would have caught him (?) sitting on something prettier but I will take what I can get these days 🙂
Here is the lamp post in front of my house. At first, I thought it would be fun to have followers try and find the lamp post as it is overrun by Bougainvillea. I changed my mind because like many of you, I was in the online Lightroom/Photoshop class last Wednesday so I decided to try out some of the things I learned. I decided to apply the vignette tool to help find the lamp.
For this shot, I decided to try the “fill the frame” technique with the Bougainvillea by the tree in the cul-de-sac a few driveways from my house.
Well, as our challenge comes to an end, I am going to try and really challenge myself by posting all themes from photos within a few houses of my own home. I am reminded of my favorite song from My Fair Lady, “On The Street Where You Live.” Today, I saw this gator in the pond in the cul-de-sac just one house away from my driveway. While this isn’t anything new, I have never seen a gator who looks like he is sleeping on his side, I started to wonder if he was even alive but after a few minutes, he gave a HUGE yawn and turned his head. The second photo is the start of the yawn. Usually, I only see them briefly until they “splash” back into the water.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that I signed up for a second challenge. Taking pictures and photo editing really lifts my spirit. The scavenger hunt idea even has my husband in on the fun as he helps me finds things while we are out walking and actually is the one who pointed out this Hibiscus bud behind our pool cage. I know we typically only post one picture per challenge theme but I thought you would like to see what the bud will bloom into. Both photos were taken with a Canon Point and Shoot set to Macro.
M is for Mockingbird. One way to ease the anxiety of COVID-19 is to take a walk around with the camera. This morning, I really enjoyed a nice walk in the morning breeze and found this Mockingbird singing away!
After 18 years in SW Florida, I finally made it to the Strawberry Festival in Plant City. I went yesterday, boy was it crowded! I really enjoyed myself and got to see Lynyrd Skynyrd perform. My only disappointment was that I did not get to see the farm animals as the exhibit area was closed. I do not know if this was because of COVID-19 or if it was simply the last day of the fair and they had already headed home. The challenge for this photo was that I wanted to make sure I didn’t get anyone else’s children in the picture because I knew I wanted to post it as soon as I saw how cute these “Strawberries” were.
Today, I attended a workshop at the Chao Lecture Hall at the Ringling Museum. Even though it was a cold, blustery day in South West Florida, I decided to walk around the grounds before driving home. I was disappointed to find out that Mable’s Rose garden is in a “rebuilding phase” and there weren’t many roses to see. This yellow flower was the prettiest one I could find. It was still nice to see the statues and walk through the beautiful grounds.
Two weeks ago, I attended the Dali’s “Coffee with the Curator” presentation. The speaker was a friend of mine and I wanted to support her. We got a tour of the Dali library afterwords and I got to see the featured exhibit “Midnight in Paris.” It was a beautiful day and I made sure to take a walk around the grounds before heading back to work. This photo was taken from the back of the museum, you can see the umbrella tables set up by the garden. Definitely a curvy building! FYI, if anyone is thinking of attending one of these monthly talks, leave early! It was packed! I found myself in the overflow room, luckily, I found a parking space before they ran out.