This is the Sixth 52-Week Photo Challenge, a fun project undertaken by fellow shooters that runs Aug. 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018. 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.
With so many flowering plants and trees in Florida year-round, it is easy to find backlit flowers, which is what I usually think of when I think of “backlit.” They are all around. This one was spotted as I walked out of the Field Club one Sunday afternoon. I don’t know what kind of flowering tree or large shrub this is, and if you do, please share the name. It’s very showy.
At first glance I thought these specks on this tropical plant were part of the plant, like the brown hook-like parts protruding fromthe flower. Then I started shooting the flower and realized they were ants! Bonus!
An end-of-the-rainy-season downpour had just ended as I pulled into the Publix parking lot. A magnolia tree was in front of my parking spot. The cluster of aging leaves in a field of shiny green magnolia leaves said “shoot me,” so I grabbed my ever-ready camera from the back seat, did a final couple of swipes of the windshield wipers and took the shot.
My friend and I were driving through a neighborhood in northwest Bradenton, minding our own business, when we saw a Huge (fake) shark hanging from a front-yard tree. What? What’s up with that? I have no additional information to share, other than there is a Huge shark hanging from a tree in northwest Bradenton.
These three chaise lounges on the beach on Anna Maria Island made for a colorful shot against the white Gulf of Mexico sand. They were temporarily Abandoned while their occupants enjoyed the cooling waters and rolling waves of the Gulf.
There’s one way to cool off on a hot summer’s day in Florida. Plunk yourself down On the Edge of the Gulf of Mexico and read a book while the waves tickle your toes. This man had a broad space of beach all to himself on the north end of Anna Maria Island.
I had never heard of Beautyberries until I moved to Florida and saw them years ago at Oscar Scherer State Park in Sarasota. I loved their shape and deep Color Purple. I found these the end of August on Anna Maria Island. Beautyberries grow four to eight feet tall and wide on deciduous shrubs. They add nice color to an area, and hold on to their berries for a long time because, while edible, birds don’t particularly care for them. Some people pick Beautyberries to make jelly and to use the leaves as insect repellent. American Indians made Beautyberry tea to treat illnesses. As for me, I will continue to enjoy looking at them (and photographing them) when I see them on occasion.
After the 8-14 inches (or more!) of rain that fell in Manatee County last week and having an infinity pool we didn’t have to contract for, I figured there would be a snake or two in the yard, given we live on a pond. Sure enough, a Great Blue Heron was in the yard doing snake duty. I stood in the doorway of the cage, and from where I stood I got the picture before the bird maneuvered the snake down the hatch. Now I know what those long necks are for!
I am blessed to have beautiful naturescapes (natureshapes?) right out my backdoor. Besides the wonderful wildlife in and around the pond, a remnant stand of Longleaf Pine trees captures my view. A mature Longleaf Pine’s shape takes on an attitude all its own, and its quirkiness is rather amusing. When evening cumulus clouds stack up behind the , the result is a double whammy of nature shapes.
This beautiful lily, thrown open for the morning (they close in the afternoon), would, if it could, raise its voice and shout, “It’s another beautiful day in Paradise!”