52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


15. Faces in Everyday Places – Pareidolia (Week 10)

A pedestrian is someone who thought there were a couple of gallons left in the tank.”   ~ Author Unknown ~

On a visit to Circus City Salvage downtown, I spotted this car in the back lot and felt like it resembled a friendly face.


As I stepped back to take that photo, I saw this car, too.  Doesn’t it look like an oldtimer?


Meanwhile, back at work, we have a new-hire with a great sense of fun!  Look what she drives!



37. Part of a Whole (Week 5)

Apple Magic”  by Margaret Hillart

In every single apple lies

A truly magical surprise.

Instead of slicing down,

slice through

and watch the star

appear for you!


While we were at the friend’s house that I mentioned last week with the rusty train accent piece, I also spotted this large bold sculpture on the coffee table.  I knew we had “Part of a Whole” on our 52 Week Photo Challenge list, so I told him I needed to take a photo of his apple sculpture, too!



40. Rusty (Week 4)

One of the men that frequently comes to our weekly Saturday meet ups for breakfast invited a group of us back to his house this past weekend.  His waterfront home is on Bird Key.  The exterior and interior of the home, as well as most of the furnishings, are a stark white.  This rusty train was a dramatic surprise in the living room.




The Train of Life

Some folks ride the train of life
Looking out the rear,
Watching miles of life roll by,
And marking every year.
They sit in sad remembrance,
Of wasted days gone by,
And curse their life for what it was,
And hang their head and cry.
But I don’t concern myself with that,
I took a different vent,
I look forward to what life holds,
And not what has been spent.
So strap me to the engine,
As securely as I can be,
I want to be out on the front,
To see what I can see.
I want to feel the winds of change,
Blowing in my face,
I want to see what life unfolds,
As I move from place to place.
I want to see what’s coming up,
Not looking at the past,
Life’s too short for yesterdays,
It moves along too fast.
So if the ride gets bumpy,
While you are looking back,
Go up front, and you may find,
Your life has jumped the track.
It’s all right to remember,
That’s part of history,
But up front’s where it’s happening,
There’s so much mystery.
The enjoyment of living,
Is not where we have been,
It’s looking ever forward,
To another year and ten.
It’s searching all the byways,
Never should you refrain,
For if you want to live your life,
You gotta drive the train.

~ Author Unknown ~


41. Single Color on Black and White (Week 43)

“All the news that’s fit to print” ~ motto for the New York Times

While my husband and I were visiting the Universal theme parks in Orlando this past weekend, we wanted to keep a lookout for Marvin.  Our son’s father-in-law, Tom Armstrong, is the artist of the Marvin comic strip and we were told that a representation of his work could be found at Islands of Adventure Park.  As we rounded a corner we knew we were in the right place.  There’s a section called Toon Lagoon at the park – and there we found the precocious toddler as we looked up in the Comic Strip Café.  He was drawn in black and white, with his hair colored in.


Daily comics are usually in black and white, but the Sunday funnies are always in color.  Along the streets in Toon Lagoon we found many brightly colored characters from the King Features syndicated comic strips.  There’s a fountain with many dogs from the strips playing in the water that is escaping from a fire hydrant and Marvin, true to character, appears to be taking flight with his balloons.





A2. Circles (Week 28)

“I got a song that ain’t got no melody

I’m going to sing it to my friends…..

Will it go round in circles?

Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?”

Lyrics for “Will it go Round in Circles” by Bruce Fisher and Billy Preston

Friday night I spotted this hub cap tree while we were driving thru downtown Palmetto.  I believe it was on 9th Ave West near Sutton Park.  With other old trucks and cars in the fenced lot, I’m curious what type of business is here and how this tree came about. IMG_5410 In many parts of the U.S. there are automotive garages whose walls are decorated with hubcaps that have fallen off in the vicinity. When hitting a bump on bad roads, hubcaps have a tendency to fall off. I’ve seen quite a few spin off when a tire has hit a curb. With research, I found that hubcaps generally use clip-on retention or bolt-on retention. Either way, you could still lose a hubcap. Clip-on hubcaps can pop off when you suddenly hit a pothole or curbstone and bolt-ons can vibrate loose over time. My husband shared this tidbit with me: If you are aware that your hubcap has just come off, look in front of you. The circumference of the hubcap is smaller that your wheel and it will spin and travel faster than you. So do not look for it behind you – look ahead. IMG_5412


47. The S Curve (Week 9)

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ” ~ Henry David Thoreau ~

After spotting this “S” on the side of a building on South Pineapple Avenue in the Historical Burns Square area downtown, I did a little research to find out a bit about the artist.  Pixel Pancho prefers spray cans and a blank wall to brushes and canvas.  He likes robots and painting, so he combines the two.  Italy-born and with formal training studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Valencia, where he received his degree, he is a rising star among street muralists.  He’s painted his whimsical robots all over the world, including Paris, Amsterdam, Warsaw, and Istanbul.  Pixel Pancho created this piece when he was invited to the Sarasota Chalk Festival in 2012.