52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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50. Urban Scenery (Week 41)

“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” ~ Winston Churchill ~

The urban landscape of Sarasota is constantly changing.  This is very evident as you drive around the bayfront.  Everytime I go downtown, I see another building going up.  This is what you see as you approach downtown from the John Ringling Bridge.

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IMG_6857The newest construction project is to the left as you approach Highway 41 (locally known as the Tamiami Trail).

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The building is on the corner and it curves north along the Tamiami Trail.

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And if you turn to the right, you will see the “Unconditional Surrender” statue that I featured in my previous blog.

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The backdrop from one side of the statue is Sarasota Bay and the opposite view is of highrise condominiums downtown, as the Tamiami Trail turns south.

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4. Bright Idea (Week 39)

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” ~ Anon. ~

My nephew Steve had his wedding on Siesta Beach in June.  As the wedding procession began, one of the guests decided that we were missing music.  As the bride approached, the thoughtful guest held her I-phone up as it played the Wedding March.

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28. Natural Beauty (Week 37)

“Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.”  ~ Anthony J D’Angelo ~

Our son and his wife took my husband and I out on their boat, and as we were coming out of Palma Sola Bay, we were excited to spot a dolpin in the  wake.  I never tire of watching dolphins, so I kept an eye out to see where it would come up next.

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Who can resist watching this “natural beauty” ??  Don’t you love that smile?!

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And then another one came up in our wake!  It appeared that there were three that were following us.

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As they continued to jump and glide on the one side of the boat, I snapped away, not knowing if I caught them or not.   I’ll admit that I had to delete more photos than I kept, but I was so happy to see the ones that captured their playfulness.

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They followed us for quite a while and then slipped away.

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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!

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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!

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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.

 

 

 

 


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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.

 

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