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/

 

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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