Week 8 – #5. Butterflies And/Or Bees

Even though I am terrified of bees, I have been looking everywhere for butterflies and/or bees to photograph, but with little success. Quite honestly, even though it is only Week 8 of the challenge, I was fearful I would be a failure … until today when I spotted this gorgeous swallowtail. The first of two photos below was processed with a texture from Kim Klassen, giving it a dreamy appearance and softening the orchid. I like the look.
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The second photo below is of the same butterfly but I was surprised to see that its underneath side was reversed in pattern and color. Okay, now that I have your attention, I must confess; otherwise, Patricia Reed will hang me by my hair from the highest rafter! I found this butterfly toes up and dead as a doornail in my driveway! Since I was on my way out for a real estate appointment, I gently picked it up and placed it on the top shelf in my refrigerator (Mike was not at all amused) until I could get back home to photograph it. When I returned home, I grabbed my camera, removed it from the refrigerator and placed it on my flowers. Worked like a charm … err … for me, not the butterfly. RIP Pretty Butterfly.
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Week 7 – #1. At A Distance

As many of you know, I am a Coldwell Banker real estate agent serving Sarasota and Manatee Counties with an office in Sarasota on Longboat Key. Often I have said if a person works, his/her workday would pass more quickly if they had a nice view from their office window. Although this view is from our conference room, it is visible as I walk through the various offices and hallways. You’ll notice at a distance is where Sarasota Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico.
1. At A Distance

Week 6 – #22. Group Portraits

Mostly, my photography interests lie in landscapes, street photography and macro. I have never given much thought to taking group portraits and was troubled as to what I could photograph to satisfy that theme. However, as noted in my previous post, I attended the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s performance recently and, although I was not certain it was permissible, I took my camera and managed to snap a few decent shots from my seat high in the balcony. After cropping, and with a little help from Photoshop, I am not too unhappy with this photo.  Click the photo for an enlarged view.
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Week 5 – #2. Below The Knees

This week I chose to post a photograph I took at the Sarasota Opera House during the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s “On Stage” performance. What transpires below the knees is but one part of a fully integrated and graceful ballet movement. The level of talent and artistry of the students who participated in the school’s recently concluded summer intensive workshop was beyond extraordinary. For the first time in 60 years, students from the Cuban National Ballet School were allowed to dance in the United States. This is the first of what is hoped will be an annual exchange between the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School and the Cuban National Ballet School and a more harmonious relationship with Cuba.
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Week 4 – #19. Horses and Humans

When I go to the drum circle on Siesta Key Public Beach, I am prepared for many sights. I have seen many different forms of drummers, dancers with varying costumes (some more/some less), hula hoopers with glowing hula hoops twirled up, down and all around, itty bitty teenie weenie bikinis, children dancing … but wait a minute … horses and humans on the beach?
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Week 3 – #26. Masked

Every Sunday beginning about an hour before sunset, the community drum circle plays at the Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota. It’s a free, improvised event with free-forming drumming. On any given Sunday evening from May through October, you’ll find people of all ages dancing or just gathering with a picnic and listening to the drumming. If you live in or around Sarasota, or if you are a visitor to our great city, I can recommend you spend an evening at the drum circle. Since this is such a fun event, I decided to place a fun masked frame around a photo I took recently. To see more drum circle photos, “like” our camera club Facebook website (http://www.facebook.com/lwrdpc), click on Photos, Albums, and Field Trip – August 10, 2014.
26. Masked

Week 2 – #17. High Above

When the positive and negative charges grow large enough, a giant spark – lightning – occurs between the two charges within the cloud. This is like static electricity sparks you see, but much bigger. Most lightning happens inside a cloud, but sometimes it happens between the cloud and the ground. (www.planet-science.com/categories/over…/what-causes-lightning.aspx)

As we were enjoying an evening with friends at Tarpon Point Grill & Tiki Bar on the Manatee River recently, high above our heads appeared angry, puffy clouds filled with intermittent lightning flashes. I was totally unprepared to capture lightning but did manage to get one shot showing a strike between the cloud and ground.
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