This is the Fifth 52-Week Photo Challenge, a fun project undertaken by fellow shooters that runs Aug. 1, 2016 to July 31, 2017. Each week I post a photograph take that week, following a random list of weekly themes listed in the Weekly Themes tab. It’s an ambitious project, but just the kind of creative challenge I like. So come on along and see my year in pictures. And check out my fellow shooters, too, all of whom are listed in the right column.
If you are in Sarasota and haven’t yet been to the ‘Pathless Woods’ exhibit at the Ringling Museum, it still has a couple of weeks to go and is a fun thing to do. This from the museum website: “Pathless Woods is an interactive, multi-media installation in which the visitor is invited to walk through a forest of ribbons – sometimes the path is very clear and at other times it is not. The title is taken from a line of Byron’s poetry, ‘There is a pleasure in the pathless woods’ and references that the visitor can find his or her own path through the installation with each choice determining outcome.” The outcome for me was a fulfillment of the Stripes challenge!
A Cooper Creek tributary runs through my neighborhood, less than a block from my house. Cooper Creek is a tributary of the Braden River, the largest tributary of the Manatee River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico. They say if a hurricane causes a storm surge at high tide, our little Cooper Creek tributary could flood nearby streets. It’s hard to believe this rivulet has that potential. On a normal day it is a peaceful place (although they say it harbors rattlesnakes). Note: Cooper Creek runs south from near Linger Lodge east of I-75, runs under I-75 and continues southwest through the UTC Mall area and stops mid-way west of Benderson Park.
It’s tulip time! Tulips bring so much cheer to a room. I keep them around in the spring when they are a bargain at the grocery store. A simple tulip can go from ordinary to dramatic with a combination of post-processing filters. I like the effect on this one. It reminds me of Old Hollywood glam.
When a spring bouquet of tulips starts to lose its leaves, one petal at a time, it’s time to throw them in the trash. My bouquet on the coffee table caught the morning light and I loved the effect, so I let them hang around longer than usual. I started to enjoy the beauty of watching them age, lit by the harsh morning sun. This tulip is not only missing a piece, but several pieces.
The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art has the usual galleries filled with world-class art for visitors to ponder and ogle. But its grounds command attention, too. Several ponds are located on the sprawling estate, including the pond by The Muse, the museum’s restaurant. Dining there al fresco is always a pleasure. From the raised patio you view the wild side of Ringling, such as this softshell turtle sunning himself on a beautiful Florida day. He lives with Koi fish and water birds and other aquatic life. I have also seen a garter snake slithering near my table. Yikes!
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen. The four-foot sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside in Copenhagen Harbor. Based on the fairy tale of the same name by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, the small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since 1913.
She is so delicate, small and unassuming, I was quite surprised to learn that in recent decades she has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists. This statue has been damaged and defaced many times since the mid-1960s for various reasons, but has been restored each time.
In 1964, the her head was sawn off and stolen. The head was never recovered and a new head was produced and placed on the statue. In 1984, her right arm was sawn off and returned two days later by two young men. In 1990, an attempt to sever the statue’s head left a 7-inch deep cut in her neck. Good grief!
In 1998, the statue was decapitated again; the culprits were never found, but the head was returned anonymously to a nearby television station, and reattached a month later. In 2003, the statue was knocked off its base with explosives and later found in the harbor’s waters. Holes had been blasted in the mermaid’s wrist and knee.
The following year, the statue was draped in a burqa in a protest against Turkey’s application to join the European Union. In 2007, it was again found draped in Muslim dress and a head scarf. I wondered if she had been donned in a pussy hat Jan. 21, but could find nothing on that.
Paint has been poured on the Little Mermaid several times, including one episode in 1963 and two in March and May 2007. In 2006, a dildo was attached to her hand, green paint was dumped over it, and the date March 8 was written on it. It is suspected that this vandalism was connected with International Women’s Day.
Poor Little Mermaid. She ‘s been through a lot, yet continues to rest on the rock by the harbor in spite of years of tomfoolery.
Where better to spot a butterfly than on a farm. In this case, it was an herb farm in Sicily. This photogenic striped insect was most cooperative and continued gather nectar so I could get my best shot.
As we entered the outdoor reception area of the Hotel Borgo Pantano near Syracusa, Sicily, we walked past these three chairs. They helped set the tone for a fun, laid-back stay at a 19th Century farmhouse in the southern countryside. The chairs reflect the sun-soaked colors of Sicily with the yellows, terracottas and reds of this colorful island.
The grounds of the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art are extensive and appointed here and there with classical statuary. This “topless” nymph is gracing the edge of the pond near the Visitors Pavilion. If you go, stroll the grounds and take in the beauty, serenity and surprises of this Sarasota gem.
Meanwhile, still back on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, whose buildings were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, I found a scene that lent itself to the white-on-white concept. It is another perspective of the covered walkway I featured here last week, but the north light removed the yellow of the sun and gave me several shades of “white.”