52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


42. Skyline Panorama (Week 27)

“Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out – take another shot.”  ~ Unknown ~

Last time I was in a boat on Sarasota Bay, I thought I’d try to use the Panoramic feature on my I-phone to capture Island Park on the bayfront. I marvel at what the I-phone can do!  And, of course, I love all images featuring our town!




9. Drops of Water (Week 24)

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.” ~ 1971 song by the Carpenters

Actually, no.  I like the rain.  It rained Monday night.  Could that mean we have a cold front coming to Florida?  With visitors in town, I’ll have to stay tuned to the weather report!

Rain is the theme of many songs. Admit it, when you read these words, the timeless tune is running through your head!

Singin’ in the Rain – originally published in 1929:
Singin’ in the rain, just singin’ in the rain
What a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again
I’m laughing at clouds so dark up above
The sun’s in my heart and I’m ready for love

Rhythm of the Rain – Cascades 1962:
Listen to the rhythm of the falling rain
Telling me just what a fool I’ve been
I wish that it would go and let me cry in vain
And let me be alone again

Who’ll Stop The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival 1970:
Long as I remember the rain been comin’ down
Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground
Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun
And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain


2. Below The Knees (Week 22)

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
– Anonymous


I’d forgotten that I took these photos with “Below The Knees” in mind!  The only way to create sidewalk chalk art is to get down on your hands and knees – and the only way to view it is to look down below the knees, as well.
























For 6 years, The Sarasota Chalk Art Festival was held in downtown Sarasota. This most recent festival in November was moved to another part of the county.  Venice hosted the event at three locations.  Artists came from all over the world to participate in this global community-based event.  Thousands of people are drawn to the festival and the public could interact with the artists as they created their beautiful pavement art.  The theme was “Extinct & Endangered Species.”   There was traditional art as well as 3D illusionistic paintings.  All the colors were really vivid, as you can see.






25. Long Shadows (Week 16)

When life kicks you, let it kick you forward. ” ~ Kay Yow ~


A few weeks ago Sarasota welcomed 100+ teams of paddlers to the  Dragon Boat Festival. 2800 breast cancer survivors from 10 countries were part of the pink invasion on Regatta Island at Nathan Benderson Park.  This weekend event celebrates survivorship and sisterhood.

On closing day as most had left, I noticed these “long shadows” that were cast.












49. Two of Us (Week 13)

Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President of the United States was known for his dry Yankee wit and his frugality with words. His wife, Grace, recounted that a young woman sitting next to Coolidge at a dinner party confided to him she had bet she could get at least three words of conversation from him. Without looking at her he quietly retorted, “You lose.”


Built in 1883, the Lakeside Inn in Mt Dora is the last of the Grand Victorian Era Hotels still remaining in Central Florida. There are five brightly-painted yellow and white buildings surrounded by stately oaks covered with Spanish moss. The last two additions were completed in 1930. During their month’s stay in the winter of 1940, President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace were on hand to dedicate the Gables and Terrace wings.



That explains why the white swan paddle boats on the banks of the inn boast the names of Grace and Calvin. The two-person paddleboats are about six feet long and three-and-a-half-feet wide. When I first saw them, they were positioned side by side. As the sun was setting, I noticed that someone had re-positioned them facing each other. I could see their necks formed a heart. I started taking pictures as the sun was setting in the background. When my husband and I are together in a beautiful setting, it’s not easy to get a photo of “the two of us”, so as couples were strolling to and from the dock I drew their attention to the swans and offered to use their cameras to take pictures of the two of them with the romantic prop.








23. Lamp Posts (Week 12)

“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”  ~ Ryu Murakami ~


A lot of times my husband is like “a horse to a barn” on our return from a vacation, but on this August trip, he had booked a night at the Lakeside Inn in Mt Dora, Florida.  What a treat.  We had visited Mt Dora before, but had never stayed downtown.  We happened to arrive on the night of their monthly Street Palooza.  This was a night of music on the lawn of the Lakeside Inn and vendors on the street.  There was a porch right off of our accomodations where we could listen to the music and watch the sun go down.




Founded in 1883, Lakeside Inn is the oldest continuously operated hotel in the state of Florida and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Inn opened originally with 10 rooms and early guests arrived by lake steamer from Jacksonville.  Travel was long and arduous, so visitors would normally stay for many weeks or even months at a time.  Lakeside Inn now features 87 comfortably appointed guest rooms and suites and a unique central Florida location that allows for easy access from anywhere in Florida or around the world.  this is a view of the buildings from the long dock on the lake.



If  you weren’t lucky enough to have a porch to sit on, as we did, the lawn was a perfect setting for your blankets or chairs as you listened and watched the sun set.





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23. It Floats (Week 45)

“And I’m proud to be an American,
where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died,
who gave that right to me.”
 ~ Lee Greenwood ~


This is a weekend of parades around the country.  Of course “small town America” has a lot of July 4th parades.  And when you live in Florida, it’s not unusual to see boats as floats.



This was a 6 – mile parade route down Anna Maria Island the morning of July 4th.





People line up for miles hoping to get beads.  And they didn’t mind getting wet from any “super soakers.”





The evening of July 3rd is another kind of parade in Sarasota.  The Annual Parade of Boats showcases the boats that have arrived in town on the Offshore Grand Prix circuit.




The 30th Annual Suncoast Super Boat Grand Prix Festival spans over a week and culminates over the July 4th weekend with the Sarasota Boat Races on Sunday.  Since 1984, this event has raised millions of dollars to build facilities for physically and mentally challenged individuals in our community.




The offshore race will cover 6 1/2 miles off Lido Key Beach.  There are two heats on race day (11:00 and 1:00) and they typically last about an hour each.  Fans will watch the racing boats reach 100 miles per hour on the straight-a-ways while  helicopters keep a watchful eye above.  The Annual Parade of Boats down Main Street on Thursday night is an opportunity for the public to see the boats up close.  The boats are on display again at Powerboats by the Bay at Centennial Park on Saturday.









26. Light and Airy (Week 40)

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward,

for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”   ~ Leonardo da Vinci ~


We were enjoying the sunset over the Gulf on Bradenton Beach with friends when we heard a bit of a noise in the sky.  We watched as two gas-powered parachutes were coming from the north and headed across the sunset.  Imagine the unrestricted view the occupants were having as they floated at bird speed across the sky over us.  For a moment they circled above us before they slowly continued south down our beautiful coastline.







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A5. Silhouettes (Week 38)

” Don’t forget:

Beautiful Sunsets

need Cloudy Skies…”

~ Paulo Coelho ~

While I was seated on a restaurant deck with a group and we were waiting on our dinners, I enjoyed looking at the silhouettes cast on the wall…


Two girlfriends talking





And the effect the sun had on shadows

Men sharing a tale…


Romance at sunset


Silliness – blocking the sun for us


and more shadow fun


as the sun sets at Laishley’s Crab House on the waterfront of Charlotte Harbor.



45. That’s So Funny (Week 30)

“Birds of a feather flock together.” ~ Proverb ~

Our Motormaid group visited Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach,  Florida, last month and we were told that a visit to the aviary was a must.   We were not disappointed.  Whether you paid to feed the lorry and lorikeet nectar or not, we laughed as they flew all around us and landed on our heads.  And the activity did not distract my friend Val from talking on her cell phone!