52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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22. In The Trees (Week 12)

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is now. ”   ~  Chinese Proverb  ~

I looked up and saw that money really does grow on trees!

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This past weekend I invited my Mom to go to the Siesta Key Oyster Bar for lunch.  The beach atmosphere has made this a popular Sarasota indoor-outdoor establishment for locals and tourists. I had read that the current owners were offering a customized Tervis tumbler with lid for $10 to celebrate their 10 years in business – and Mom couldn’t resist a deal that celebrated our town!  As we rounded the porch and approached the entrance to the restaurant I told her that there were  thousands of dollar bills stapled to the posts, walls, and ceilings,  but then we looked up to see that the custom had crept outside and up a tree!

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And in the spirit of the afternoon, we left our mark on the porch wall by our table!

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Afterwards, I researched if it is illegal to write on a dollar bill and I find that there are no laws, but I found that “defacement of currency in such a way this it’s made unfit for circulation comes under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service.”  Hmmm….

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41. Splash (Week 11)

A treasure to a little boy does not consist of money, gems or jewelry. He will find far greater pleasure in the wonder of a rock, pebble, stick or beetle.”  ~ Author Unknown ~

I just returned from a visit with my grandsons in Virginia and we had so much fun.  Each morning my daughter Tricia took us out to a different park in the area.  And each time, Ethan couldn’t resist tossing pebbles and small rocks in the water to watch them splash.

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He could have done this all day!

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The best memories are those made outside!

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These photos and, of course many more, were taken at Old Mill Park, which is adjacent to the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.


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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.

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39. Depth of Field (Week of 8)

“I never get tired of the blue sky.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh ~

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As my husband and I rode through Myakka State Park this past Saturday, predictably, I stopped to take pictures here and there.  I was using the Camera+ app on my IPhone and when I went to edit and download the pictures I saw there was an fx option for Depth of Field.  These pictures were perfect for that.  And being a newbie to photographer terms, I learned something!

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51. Way Down Low (Week 7)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the tradewinds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”  ~ Mark Twain ~

I always enjoy taking the kayaks out in Sarasota Bay and being “down low” in the water.  It’s a different perspective than being in a bigger boat.  Recently we had planned a picnic at Ken Thompson Park on City Island for our motorcycle club.  We took several kayaks for others to have the opportunity to paddle out on the bay.  As we were waiting, I took this first picture because it shows the roots of the Norfolk Pine “down low” by the waters’ edge.

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Kayaking can be very peaceful and you can get really close to docks.  This view from City Island shows the Van Wezel Performing Arts building (locals have known it as the Purple Cow) across the Sarasota Bay.

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But when you share the waterway, you have to be mindful of other boats.  If one comes by and throws a wake, make sure you paddle into the wave.  From this view of Sarasota, you can see one of our city’s landmarks,  the John Ringling Causeway Bridge.

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17. Holy Smoke!! (Week 6)

When I was a small boy in Kansas, a friend of mine and I went fishing… I told him I wanted to be a real major league baseball player, a genuine professional like Honus Wagner.  My friend said that he’d like to be President of the United States.  Neither of us got our wish. ” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States ~

Saturday my daughter Tracie invited me and Greg to join her family and neighbors to a baseball game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton.  It was Fan Appreciation Night. The Bradenton Marauders were hosting the Fort Myers Miracles and this was the final game of the season.   If you purchase 10 or more tickets, your tickets are $5 and include a large coke, a popcorn, and the ballgame is followed by fireworks.  As soon as I saw the smoke created from the fireworks, I knew I had to use this for our photo challenge!

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4. Architecture (Week 4)

“The man who has no imagination, has no wings.” ~  Muhammad Ali ~

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Continuing with my obsession with the construction progress at the Mall at University Town Center, I recently caught these men at work. I’m trying to imagine what this can be.  Is this an entrance to the mall or perhaps a business on the out-parcel?

Meanwhile, across the street, speculation continues as to what this building is, as well.  Each detail of the architecture may be a clue.  Is that a tall open ceiling at the one end.  Is that an office lobby or a restaurant?  Will there be massive glass windows?  I hear there may be a Cheesecake Factory in our future.  Can this be it???

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