52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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52. Winter Landscape (Week 45)

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.”  ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo ~

Hmm… Winter Landscape – how am I suppose to show a typical wintery scene when I live on the sunny gulf coast of Sarasota, Florida???  I guess I’m just going to have to use some photos from when relatives came down to get out of their winter in January/February of this year.   IMG_4258 My cousin Don and his wife Juli came down from Minnesota.  We took a drive down beautiful Casey Key and then enjoyed some sunshine at the North Jetty in Venice.  I was amazed how many folks were just sitting in chairs along the banks of the Jetty.  If we asked, I’d bet they’d say they were from Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York! IMG_4268   Juli got her toes in the sand and then we did some shelling before heading for  lunch under the tiki bar at Spanish Pointe in Osprey.  What a great way to spend the afternoon with our northern cousins. IMG_4240   Uncle Gene and his wife Edie came down for several weeks from Wisconsin.  Edie wasn’t too steady on her feet, so we went to Turtle Beach at the south end of Siesta Key to take a look, but we didn’t walk it. IMG_4195   IMG_4199 And after stopping for dinner, Uncle Gene wanted to get some Florida postcards to send back up to snowy Bayfield Wisconsin. IMG_4299   IMG_4262


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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.