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.

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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.

Texture

Texture

Texture

Protecting the world we share.

Every breath connects us to the world ocean — and to each other. We share a responsibility to conserve and sustain marine resources, habitats and our ocean’s biodiversity. At Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, we empower the youngest inhabitants of our blue planet to embrace that responsibility.

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium just made a huge announcement! In order to continue their mission and carry out their vision, Mote now has plans to build a massive and very impressive new Aquarium around Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota County! The new Mote Science Education Aquarium will share ocean literacy with a much greater cross-section of residents and visitors. This will more than double the size of the current Mote Aquarium and will make learning about the oceans for all much easier in this 110,000 square feet of space. Interested in helping or just learning more about coral reef, marine life, science, research? www.moteoceansforall.org

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

My twin sister recently locked in tickets to a beautiful gospel concert with multi-platinum, GRAMMY winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith up in Tampa Thanksgiving Day weekend. The winner of The Voice, season 9 winner Jordan Smith also joined them on stage. The lights were an incredible addition to the musically talented group. It was a special evening all the way around. Some might be green with envy.