This is my backyard a couple of weeks out of the year when I get to go to our cottage in Western North Carolina, the specific development is called Bear Lake Reserve. It is about even distance between Silva and Cashiers. We typically stay for at least a week and bring our dog. This time around, we thought we would go for the weekend and try out the new direct flights offered by Allegiant Airlines from Sarasota to Asheville. We are one hour southwest of Asheville. All went well so I hope I get to visit more often, although I can’t wait to have both my dogs with me when we drive up at the end of June, it will be my puppy Dozer’s first trip. If I shot a picture of my backyard in Lakewood Ranch, that’s all you would see is a small pool that the dogs have taken over. Once Fall rolls around and the trees lose their leaves, we have a better view of the Smoky mountains.
I took this photo about a month ago while visiting the Riverhouse restaurant in Palmetto. For my “full edit” I adjusted the color, lighting, brilliance (just to name what I remember for sure) then applied the “Oil Painting” filter in Photoshop.
Downtown Chicago taken from a river cruise. The Wrigley building is on the left. I like the cloud formations in the background.
I spent Saturday – Tuesday at a professional conference in Chicago. I have only been to Chicago one other time, about 20 years ago in the middle of August. I had no memories other than it was too hot to do too much of anything. What an amazing trip this time around! I went on an architectural river cruise and could have kicked myself for being too lazy to bring the “good” camera. The buildings were incredible and so beautiful! The weather was perfect and the tulips planted all through the city were in full bloom. This picture is “straight out of the iPhone.” I did absolutely nothing with the color or lighting.
I spent the weekend at the Long Boat Key Resort, a special treat for my mother who was visiting from Buffalo. I had my camera with me to capture sunsets at the beach but was disappointed with most of them. At one point, I left the beach and took a walk on the “wild side” otherwise known as the lagoon and managed to capture what I believe to be a juvenile Night-Heron snacking on a turtle.
Yesterday, we were invited by friends to an afternoon performance by the Sarasota Orchestra. We got to hear “Hollywood Hits” which featured music from classic and popular movies. It was a fantastic performance! Before the show, we had lunch at the rooftop of the Westin which has a bar, eating area and swimming pool. The view is amazing. The weather did not cooperate completely, plenty of clouds and very gray but no rain. I brought my “good” camera with me to take pictures of the views.
When I first saw the theme “Water Drop”, I thought “Oh, that will be an easy one, when I get to our vacation cottage in Western North Carolina, I’ll submit a picture of one of the beautiful waterfalls that the area in known for.” After reading some of the other bloggers posts and seeing what they have done, I soon realized that this is called a “challenge” for a reason and I had some work to do. I Googled “water drop photography” and all sorts of amazing images showed up. Luckily, my neighbor recently gifted me with a Sony DSLR -A 300, it is an older model but I have been having some fun with it. I thought before I get out the tripod, eyedropper and food coloring, let me see what I can do with a dripping faucet. Viola! I am happy I got a shot of the drop hitting the puddle in the sink. I think I am going to consider this challenge met and move on. While I found the images of water drop photography very impressive, I do not think it is my thing. I will stick to birds and nature :).