February 1, 2019
Some of these lines may be cables of some sort rather than hoses, but I don’t have a good rhyme for them. Found all these guys at the marina in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park.
December 23, 2018
On December 8, shortly after arriving in Sarasota for the winter, I took my first trip to South Lido Park this season. This is perhaps my favorite park in the county, largely because it contains a variety of ecosystems. The bonus is that it’s only about 15 minutes from home. On my first visit of the season there I always search with apprehension to see if a little stump I’ve named R2D2 is still standing. Every year, I think it has disappeared, only to realize it’s only further down the path. And so it went this year. R2D2 (in the first four photos) seems more colorful than it has been in the past, but that may be my imagination. The fifth photo is probably the first of others you’ll see over the next couple of months showing a dead sabal palm leaf, which I find more graceful in senescence than on the tree. The sixth photograph is another perennial favorite: backlit leaves of the seagrape bush. The last photograph shows my photographing friend Lynda and me.
March 8, 2018
I’m not a bird photographer. I don’t have the requisite long lens to do most birds justice. But I was excited to see these three ibises flying at the Robinson Preserve and thought I’d try following them with my too-short lens. Hah! They’re in focus! The bridge in the background is the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which connects St. Pete (no one calls it St. Petersburg) to points south. It is a very long bridge—more than four miles end to end—giving travellers plenty of time to contemplate what would happen if another ship crashed into it.
March 7, 2018
Every year, I’m surprised by the beautiful emerging or senescing leaves of the seagrape. Like fall maple leaves up north, no two are ever alike. I’m never in Florida in late summer, when the trees bear edible fruit.
March 6, 2018
March 5, 2018
March 4, 2018