Capturing December – A Beautiful Sight

A Beautiful Sight

A Beautiful Sight

12. Capturing December – A Beautiful Sight

My sister’s family goes above and beyond to make each holiday special for all of us. I’m so thankful for them and the beauty they gift us with every season and special holiday!

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/

 

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?

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.

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!

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