Anytime I stroll down Main Street in Sarasota as I did last evening, nothing makes me happier than seeing the door to C’est la Vie! wide open. It is my favorite spot for crepes and French pastries. I resisted a purchase last night due to being stuffed from my meal at Patrick’s but that is rarely the case. I used the iPhone 10 for the photo and then used the Vignette tool in Lightroom to put the focus near the door.
This waterfall was photographed a few weeks ago while on a sunset cruise around Bear Lake in Tuckasegee North Carolina. My idea is that water falling is a “soft image” and provides contrast for the “hard” rocks. Western North Carolina is known for its beautiful waterfalls. I have some better photos of the waterfalls around Lake Glenville but they were taken over a year ago and do not qualify for this year’s challenge.
I took this picture last week at our cottage in Western North Carolina. I am always amazed at how tall the trees in our community are. When a storm blows through, it seems as if they will bend in half. I get nervous watching them sway above our roof. I thought this would do for a creative use of leading lines as these trees lead my eye straight up to that Carolina blue sky,
I took this picture of a Magnolia bud from the tree in front of my house after the sun went down. I then adjusted the lighting and color to make the photo look more “low key.” I also used photoshop to remove the ant that was crawling up the largest petal.
Here is one last photo from our Memorial Day Weekend at our cottage at Bear Lake Reserve in North Carolina. I wish I knew the story of this old truck but I don’t. It is locate in our development so I am hoping one of my neighbors will eventually fill me in.
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.
You are probably thinking what does a picture of a Florida Cooter AKA Coastal Plain Cooter have to do with the theme loneliness? Let me explain…. we were driving home from lunch on Saturday when I saw somewhere between 9 – 13 Cooters all lined up enjoying an afternoon in the sun. I’d never seen that many at once and thought “what a photo op for the rule of odds.” I grabbed my camera, decided to walk all the way back to the pond I passed outside my neighborhood (which was at least a mile or two) and was so happy to see them still lined up! As soon as I got as far as the median in the road, one by one, they disappeared before my eyes plunking into the water. Well, the walk sure didn’t hurt me and I was able to photograph a gator but nothing really outstanding came of it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that after I turned my attention away from the gator and started to walk home, one lonely Cooter was back out :).
One of the first things I did when we built our house 7 years ago in Lakewood Ranch was to post a picture of my new neighbors, the Sandhill Cranes. Since then, I photographed them doing all sorts of things. And gators? Tons of photos, especially from visits to Gatorland and the Alligator Farm in St. Augustine. However, I have never photographed gators and Sandhill Cranes in the same shot. I thought this was a good choice for the theme “fear” as I was afraid I was about to witness a gruesome scene. I am happy to say, the Sandhill Cranes had no fear as they pranced around this gator for about 20 minutes. I recalled photographing a Great Egret going for a ride on the back of a gator during my visit to Gatorland. I guess Egrets and Cranes have some type of animal instinct that lets them know that the gator isn’t hungry.
I have tried and tried to get good pictures of the turtles that hang out in the pond in the cul-de-sac on my street. I am pretty sure they are Florida red bellied cooters based on their striped eyes. They tend to just peek their noses out, I’ve yet to capture one out of the water. I was pleasantly surprised to see that while I still did not get much of this turtle, I did manage to get a red dragonfly landing on his nose (and in the reflection)!
Okay, I’ll admit I used the Scrabble dictionary to give me some ideas for the theme “Starts with Q”. I decide on Q for Quintet, a group of five and I am using a photo I took a couple of weeks ago at Myakka River State Park.