Part of a Face/Head

Part of a Face

Part of a Face

It was a quiet evening leaving my sister’s house last Friday night. As I came to the end of her street I noticed something in the road. Yup, I was already familiar with this sighting and knew right away that it was an owl standing in the middle of the road. This happened to me a few years ago! I couldn’t believe it was happening again! He wasn’t afraid of me and I just sat in my car in silence and complete awe. Something moved that he was eyeing so he eventually took off but not too far so I followed him and parked my car. Exiting quietly, I approached the tree he decided to land in and I got a glimpse of part of his beautiful face. There were a few special moments that he looked down right at me and we made a sweet connection. I was not taking photographs at that point as you can imagine.

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A Stranger

A Stranger

A Stranger

I’ve been sick a few days and ended up going to the beach to just sit and relax this past weekend. Wanted to do some lite reading, meditating and taking in some oh natural Vitamin D.

A group of ladies celebrating a 50th birthday arrived shortly after I set up my day camp and one brought her dog. All she wanted to do was play fetch in the water. After she tired of that she came over to me and laid down by my side. Dogs are incredible beings and they just know who needs what when. She was a stranger when she first arrived but a sweet blessing after I departed. Thank you for knowing I needed some extra love that day Ms. Cayenne.

Fireworks

Fireworks

Fireworks

State College of Florida Foundation, Inc. celebrated the 30th anniversary of Evening Under the Stars.

Evening Under the Stars takes place at the Venice campus of SCF and is an outdoor concert that features the SCF Big Band, The Venice Symphony and ends with an amazingly beautiful display of fireworks. It’s a really casual event and guests bring their lawn chairs and coolers. It never disappoints year after year though this year ended a bit shorter than most due to the rain that came in towards the end.

I like this photograph for capturing the colors it did among the palm fronds.

On the Edge

On the Edge

On the Edge

I have this affinity with animals. Everyone in my office knows it and I receive numerous texts and photos from friends and family as they come across or in contact with animals. Last Friday evening on the eve of the blue moon, I was driving home and came upon a barred owl standing in the middle of the road. This is the second time this has happened to me in my lifetime and I love it! We looked at each other for a while without any other traffic interrupting our close encounter. He decided to fly off and up into a tree not far from me so I followed him as he settled in on a sturdy branch on the edge of the almost full moon. What a night!

Triangle

Triangle

Triangle

A recent Saturday was spent paddling with The Sarasota Bay Estuary Program at Oscar Scherer State Park.

My friend and I arrived early so we could take a hike and walk through the campgrounds kicking off the weekend in full quality time mode in nature away from adulting and technology!!!

We saw adult eagles feeding their eaglets and just enjoyed the start to a great weekend.

Forms in Nature

Forms in Nature

Forms in Nature

Today we painted with flowers during a floral demonstration luncheon at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Bella Meyer, Founder of fleursBELLA, and the granddaughter of Marc Chagall had us laughing through our afternoon as her silliness and artistic abilities were shared, discussed and enjoyed. It was a beautiful day to spend at The Gardens with the current Warhol exhibit continuing through to June 30th.

Since Jennifer Ozdoba Rominiecki, President and CEO, joined the “Gahdens” (just how a friend of mine, Tom Luzier, and I always referred to the gardens years ago, me as the event manager for a few years and he as a board member at the same time) two years ago, visitors are just astounded what has sprung in such a short time frame. Jennifer has an amazingly talented team and local Sarasotians are so incredibly lucky to have such a jewel in our backyard. It’s not just me that thinks that either. As Jennifer concluded the program this afternoon, she shared that USA TODAY listed Selby Gardens as the #1 botanical garden to visit this Spring! So visit the “Gahdens” and for those in the 52-week photography challenge, there are many other various forms in nature to be captured should you still need this theme for 2017-18.

Amazing how I seem to fall in love over and over again with both Selby Gardens and Sarasota while I’m on those enchanted, beautiful grounds.