Week 12 – #21. It Happens Over Time

This time of year, golf courses are normally in pristine condition, especially in Florida and other warm climate areas. This particular one, however, has failed and its future is uncertain. “It happens over time” can be appropriately applied to this one when routine maintenance and repair monies are not available. I met a resident of this community who shared horror stories about vandalism and how feral pigs have become a problem so huge that hunters with bows and arrows hunt them in order to keep the population under control. Homeowners have taken upon themselves to mow sections of the golf course property which adjoins their once golf front properties. Homes listed for sale in the community are not selling because of the uncertainty of the golf club and golf course. Who knows what will happen to this property but it’s a sad situation.
21. It Happens Over Time

Week 11 – #14. Four Letter Word

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. A lot of progress has been made but there is still a long way to go. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. When I think of all the women in the world who have undergone treatment for breast cancer, those who survived and those who didn’t, I think of a four letter word – love.
14. Four Letter Word

Week 10. – #33. Paths And/Or Trails

Photographing old and abandoned facilities is one of the most interesting, and frightening, things I have done recently. This photograph was taken last Sunday at an abandoned public golf course in Sarasota, FL. What could I possibly come up with that would fit one of our themes? There were plenty of lost and forgotten items, but that was a theme from last year, so I kept thinking. After photographing the inside of the clubhouse, I went down to the golf cart storage area but, again, found nothing that fit a theme. As I walked out of the storage area, and ventured towards the golf course, I started walking down the golf cart path which at one time wound through a beautiful, lush golf course and I found something suitable for the Paths And/or Trails theme. It was just a short walk down the golf cart path when I came upon one of the signs directing golfers to the clubhouse. When I returned home and began processing my photos, I decided to fade it and try a tutorial to make it appear to have been older, crumpled and discarded before being placed in an old photo album. The tutorial was a fun experience. Later, while researching the golf course on the Internet, I saw a couple of photos of large alligators walking across the golf course and it was only then that I became really, really scared. What in the world was I thinking by walking alone on that overgrown golf cart path surrounded by lakes and thick, overgrown vegetation taller than my head? Crazy! Both photos are below.
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33. Paths And Or Trails

Week 9 – #23. Lamp Posts

Lately, I have had a fixation on the beautiful clouds we have had in Sarasota and when I saw a line of lamp posts with white, puffy clouds in the background, I knew I had my photo for this week. Looking at this beautiful scene made me wonder how street lighting came into existence. If you’re curious, as I was, read about it here.
23. Lamp Posts

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.
5. Butterlies And Or Bees 5
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.
Dead Butterfly 2

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.
16. Group Portraits

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