To my fellow bloggers: Today I found myself feeling somewhat sad because in only 6 days our first 52-Week Challenge will come to an end. What a year it has been! During this year, I have made new friends, saw some magnificient photographs, read some amazing pieces of history, shared happiness over new births, shared sadness over losses, went on virtual vacations to places I have only dreamed of, and witnessed some unbelievable ways in which my fellow bloggers have matched 52 pre-determined themes with photographs. Then I had to shake my head, snap back into reality and ask myself why I felt sad when in just the same 6 days I will be entering a new chapter in my life with another 52-week journey. I am reminded of a quote I read once which said, “A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” [Unknown] I have decided to make the turn and go forward on this new 52-Week Challenge with my fellow bloggers, both present and new. We have a new year before us which will give us another 52 weeks of challenges and excitement and I am looking forward to August 1st when I can grab my camera and begin taking photographs to use in our new Challenge. I am so happy that you, my fellow bloggers, will be taking this journey with me. Let the fun begin!
This is my 52nd Weekly post and I must say I have had a blast not only searching for photographs to fit the themes but seeing how the other bloggers fit the themes with their photographs as well. My new journey will begin August lst with 52 new themes. I am excited and looking forward to the next year! Thanks to everyone who participated this year and good luck to our new bloggers. Let the fun begin!
Walking downtown has become one of my favorite past times as there seems to always be something to photograph. I had difficulty finding a subject which would lend itself to the Bubbles theme. Difficult, that is, until I passed by a restaurant with this colorful, blinking sign in the window. The Bubble Tea craze has been huge in Taiwan, and other parts of Southeast Asia for the last 15 years. In fact, Bubble Tea has taken Taiwan by storm over the past decade. The drink originally started as a childhood treat in Taiwan in the late 1980’s at small tea stands in front of the schoolhouses. Teenagers and elementary school children looked forward to their after school tea. Tapioca pearls are made mostly from tapioca starch. Tapioca starch is starch made from tapioca or bitter-cassava plant, sometimes called manioca or yuca in some parts of the world. The bitter-cassava plant is native to South America and was introduced into Asia sometime during the 19th century. Someone came up with the idea of adding tapioca pearls as a bit of novelty, and the idea spread. This created a new fad of adding tapioca pearls into the children’s favorite tea drinks. Bubble tea can be made at home, but preparing tapioca pearls can be quite labor intensive as the tapioca pearls must be consumed immediately to maintain freshness and not lose their soft gummy texture. It’s easier to skip making it yourself and head down to the various downtown Sarasota restaurants which serve Bubble Tea.
I am finding that you never run out of things to photograph while walking downtown Sarasota. Nik Wallenda’s walk across the Grand Canyon was to be televised on a big screen on Main Street so as I was strolling about, I came face to face with this cheerful clown with a little red dot in the middle of his face.
Although it has been a while since I was single and dating, I remember vividly how nice it was to go out to dinner and have a conversation with my date. As my husband (my date) and I were enjoying a wonderful evening at one of our favorite restaurants in Chattanooga along the Tennessee River, I noticed a young couple sitting across from us. They sat down, ordered beers and then his cell phone became more important to him than a nice dinner and conversation with his date. The entire time we sat there, he was on his cell phone. I mentioned to my husband that it was sad that times had changed so drastically. The second photo appears to be a father having breakfast with his daughter as he played with his cell phone and his daughter read a book. Conversation? Not while we were there. I guess I could also be accused of being guilty of the same, as I took both of these photos with my iPhone!