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.
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
My post on June 6th explains the rare opportunity I was presented with to do research with Mote Marine Laboratories staff and interns. One of the teenage interns had a camera in an underwater casing and jumped in the water numerous times to capture some of the rays we studied or saw that day. It’s always fun to see another photographer so passionate about getting the best possible photographs no matter the obstacles, weather or difficulty of the shot!
Was lucky enough to go out with scientists and interns from Mote Marine to assist with their research on rays. We were on the lookout for spotted eagle ray, devil ray, The opportunity came about all due to my “little” of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast on our last adventure which was a kayak trip through the mangroves put on through a Mote intern. Amazing what good things come from good people doing really good things for others. I’m touched by the graciousness on this unbelievable adventure. Thank you to Kim and her oh so knowledgeable, fun and kind crew!