Urban Exploration

Urban Exploration

Urban Exploration

The Westin in downtown Sarasota is a new way to take in the aerial views of our exploding downtown. Come for a weekend stay when its a full moon and enjoy dinner then drinks on the rooftop! http://www.westinsarasota.com/

 

Aged!

Aged!

Aged!

He was celebrating his son’s birthday and picked these over-sized binoculars up pretending he couldn’t see. Just cracked me right up for this particular theme people!!!!

Way Down Low

Way Down Low

Way Down Low

This photograph was captured on my flight down to the Dominican Republic to celebrate my sister’s 30th birthday. I looked around and noticed that everyone was on their individual devices and they were missing this amazing view right outside their windows. Absolutely grateful that I had a window seat and that I could take in these extraordinary views!

Can anyone tell which islands are below?

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.

Eight

Eight

Eight

1. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Copyright, 1952

2. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Benner by Arnold Bennett, Copyright not listed

3. The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby by Reverend Charles Kingsley, Copyright, 1885

4. Religious Denominations of the World by Vincent L. Milner, Copyright, 1872

5. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Copyright, 1952. Correct, two versions same year published. Books are completely different designs and sizes. Both are beautiful.

6. Der Alte Mann Und Das Meer Und Andere Meisterwerke, Copyright  not listed

7. Hunting Big Game in the Wilds of Africa Containing Thrilling Adventures of the Famous Roosevelt Expedition, Copyright not listed. This was a gift as most of them are and the thrilling adventures is what speaks to me here not the actual hunting.

8. The White House Cookbook by Mrs. F. L. Gillette, Copyright 1887. This is by far the favorite in my collection. Cooking is a special time for me and something I truly love to do. The pages in this beauty are stained from cooking centuries ago it makes me wonder who the chef was and who the special guests were and what the conversation might have been about. The paper the book was printed on is so different than what most books are printed on today. The details that begin and end each chapter are just timeless. A dear friend gifted this absolute treasure to me unexpectedly and included one of the most endearing cards that reads, “You are just as graceful and noble as the wives of our presidents…who have graced The White House. Enjoy!” Love, Laura

 

 

 

 

My First Visit to…the Palm Ball

My First Visit To

My First Visit To the Palm Ball

This year’s Palm Ball theme was Mangroves in the Moonlight. It was way more than that!

Seeing as this was my first time attending this event, I had properly prepared to get my hair, makeup and nails done. I love to keep things simple so if it’s done for me and all I have to do is slip into my gown, it makes the evening all the sweeter.

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast hosts guests at what I think is the most elegant gala of the season, the Palm Ball. My guest and I valeted our vehicle and proceeded into the swelling crowd for a libation. As we settled in, we strolled the grounds, took a walk out onto the dock and to the top of the grandfathered-in boat dock for some amazing sunset views. As the sun set, the main tent opened. As we walked into the entrance of the event, I stopped in absolute awe of the pure beauty of this event.  A plethora of unimaginably gorgeous chandeliers hung from above and the lighting was this really pretty purple. I might have lost my breath and said a special thank you before taking my seat next to my guest.

We sipped on cocktails, strolled under the moonlight and danced the night away after a scrumptious dinner of pan-seared jumbo diver scallops and craw-fish, green peas & butternut squash risotto, crispy artichoke, foie gras, nage & crispy salsify root as our first course. Our entree was thyme & garlic roasted chateau of beef, anise-scented sweet potato puree, heirloom baby carrots, toasted cauliflower, grilled trumpet king mushroom, cabernet & black truffle demi reduction. We didn’t even see the dessert because my guest took me by my hand for some dancing as the band Pocket Change played. It was one of those evenings you didn’t know you would hate to see come to an end.

Peaceful

Peaceful

Peaceful

My only regret on this shot is that I didn’t have my camera and had to use my cell phone. The lighting caught my eye and the subject was my inspiration so I asked him if he’d like to join me down on the dock for a few photographs. I love his overall James Bond tone wearing that Hugo Boss tux, ruffled vintage shirt and his artistically painted shoes. We were quite the pair in our Black tie, sequins, satin, paint, and Converse All Stars. His artwork is something to truly see; Tim Raines, artist www.timothyraines.com