“Complexus,” a 70-foot-tall red Corten steel sculpture by John Henry, is a piece of public art installed at the corner of Tamiami Trail and Gulf Stream Boulevard in Sarasota. Dubbed “Pick Up Sticks” by locals, it was reflected in the glass building, One Sarasota, when I was shooting scenics from the top of the new Westin Hotel across the street. There are other reflections to identify in this photo—how about the car, the street sign and the traffic light? More?
There is a life-size bronze sumo wrestler in a courtyard of a downtown bank building in Sarasota. I have no idea why. But he is quite menacing to all who walk by him. I blew out the background and added a couple of effects during post processing, including Old Legal Document Texture which produced the Old Photographic Effect.
There is a tree offshore on City Island in Sarasota that I am told may be the most photographed tree in town. I was on City Island in the beautiful evening light of late August, after the thunderstorms had rolled through, and added myself to the long list of shooters who have used this tree as a subject. After I shot it, I thought, “That tree is Bent of Twisted!” It sure is!
This is the half-way point for this 52-week challenge! It’s going well! This week I offer this unedited image taken with my iPhone, “straight out of the camera,” no editing. I saw this bicycle parked in Five Points Park in downtown Sarasota. Apparently, at one time, the bike sported 43 flamingos, attached to the bike to make people smile. (I count 19; how many do you count?) I hope the image makes you smile, too.
Sarasota’s Jungle Gardens is certainly an “old timer” as a tourist attraction and favorite of locals. The gardens were started in the early 1930s. Forty years later, in the early 1970s, the Gardens introduced the first Exotic Bird Show featuring Macaws and Cockatoos trained by prison inmates from California. They were aptly dubbed The Jail Birds. I believe this Blue and Gold Macaw to be one of the original birds and he still participates in the bird shows today. Blue and Golds live between 30 and 35 years in the wild, but upwards of 50 years as pets or in zoos. So this old boy is indeed an Old Timer.
A summer afternoon excursion to Sarasota’s Jungle Gardens went against my better judgment, with the heat index in the low 100s, but I had the urge to shoot flamingos. Glad I went. The flamingos never disappoint. This one played peek-a-boo in his plumage, fulfilling my challenge for Eye. Here’s lookin’ at you, kid!
Who doesn’t love the possibility of gates, doors and windows as photographic fodder? I was happy to see Gate as a theme for the current challenge, and even happier to find this particular back gate in an older part of Sarasota close to Roberts Bay.
So, I took the vendor tents and infrastructure at the Modern Pentathlon at Nathan Benderson Park, and put them on top of the bridge railing along Cattlemen Road. Luckily, they didn’t topple off!
Rows and rows of banners welcomed residents and guests along the Modern Pentathlon route when that athletic event was held at various venues around Sarasota. This happens to be the bridge at Nathan Benderson Park where rowing competitions are held.
The UTC Mall, when approached from the south on Cattlemen Road, takes on a beauty of its own as it spans the skyline and meets the two retention ponds (separated by a walkable causeway). I first noticed this enroute home one evening, without my camera, and waited for the perfect evening to return and capture the fleeting scene I first noticed driving over the bridge.