A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


23. Above and Beyond (Week 48)

I have always loved hot air balloons and when my son invited me to go to Simpsonville, SC with him a few weeks ago, I jumped at the chance. Since the mid-1980’s, Simpsonville has had a hot air balloon festival with as many balloons as 100 floating in the sky. Unfortunately, it was breezy on the weekend we went and there was just one window of calm for them to fly so very few went up. That was okay for me and just enough time to photograph a few as they drifted above and beyond.



5. Winning (Week 38)

Today, there was a Florida Scholastic Rowing Association Sculling Championship event at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota and I photographed a winning team as it crossed the finish line. The facility is slated to become North America’s premier 2,000-meter sprint course and regatta center by 2014. Over $40 million is committed to the facility’s future development, including 2,200 meter racing lanes and straight shorelines by 2013, coaching lanes, wave attenuation, a multi-function boathouse and athlete training center, starting huts and finish towers, grand stands and a state of the art boat maintenance and testing facility. Most of these facilities will be constructed on a first of its kind “regatta island” – an Olympic Village type setting which will provide competitors the support and focus which rowing demands, and spectators a viewing and entertainment platform unparalleled at sprint courses elsewhere in the world.

The Park will also be home to numerous other paddle sport competitions, from dragon boats to canoe and kayak races, as well as triathlon and cross country events. And to top it all off, the Park is located immediately adjacent to University Town Center – Southwest Florida’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

Nathan Benderson Park is a unique 600-acre park which provides the public access to a 500-acre lake. The county purchased the site in the early 1990’s. Before that, the property had been an active shell excavation pit for road construction fill. Cooper Creek enters the east side of the large lake and exits at the northwest corner.
Winning 1 DSC_0367


2. Outside The Box

While walking the golf cart path early this morning, at a distance I noticed something quite unusual hanging from the moss draped trees. As I got closer, much to my surprise it was a pair of golf shoes. I’ve often heard of people being so frustrated that they throw their clubs in the water but never have I heard of throwing your shoes over a tree limb. Obviously, he wasn’t having a very good game. His shoes were outside the [tee] boxes for the rest of his game!
Outside the Box B&W  DSC_0131_2_3_4_5_6_7_tonemapped


28. The Sound Of Music

28.  The Sound Of Music

This evening for a beautiful sunset, I went to Siesta Key with some friends for the Drummer’s Circle.   Beginning around 5:00 p.m. just before sunset, the drummers begin playing and attendees and belly dancers begin dancing until the sound of music ceases around 10:00 p.m. 



26. Fear

On a beautiful day last Fall, Mike and I were in Chattanooga and decided to drive to an area known as Fall Creek Falls. With tripod and camera gear in hand, we set out hiking up the side of the mountain. What a steep climb it was! Along the way, we passed several small waterfalls and being the tomboy I am, I elected to scoot down to the bottom of one of those smaller falls and photograph people as they were walking across a swinging bridge. Crossing that bridge seems pretty simple looking at it from the bottom up; however, when I began crossing it, I was in mortal fear. With each step I took, it would sway and bounce and with each step others took, it swayed and bounced even more. Once I reached the other side, the only thing I could think of was I had to cross it again coming back down. The hike up the mountain was brutal for both of us and we quickly realized how out of shape we were. When we actually arrived at the big Fall on top, we looked to our left only to see a large parking lot! Can you believe we hiked all the way up that mountain only to discover that we could have driven?