52 Week Challenge

52 Weeks of Susan's Life


Week 8 – #13 Eight

World Rowing Championship, Sarasota FL Benderson Park

Tomorrow begins the 2017 World Rowing Championships at Benderson Park in Sarasota FL.  I decided this afternoon might present a great opportunity to take a few photos before the competition began tomorrow when access might be limited.   Although there wasn’t a lot of activity I was able to get a few shots of some teams getting in a last minute practice.  This is the 8th week of the 52 Week Photo Challenge and I am fulfilling the number “8” challenge.


Week 39- #42 The Wild Side

Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Fort Myer FLThis year I attended the F3C workshop in Fort Myer FL.  One of the workshops was to The Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.This  is part of the United States Wildlife Refuge System, located on the Caloosachatchee River, beneath the I-75 Caloosahatchee Bridge, within the city of North Fort Myers.  The 40-acre  refuge was established on January 1, 1921. It is administered as part of the J.N.” ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Complex. Although the animals were caged, each enclosure had an opening wide enough for a lens.  It was a great photo opportunity to capture the animals showing their wild side.


Week 38 – #1 A Fairy Tail

Selby Gardens, Sarasota FLSelby Gardens in Sarasota, FL can be a magical place.  It always amazes me how the gardens can be transformed with each visit.  It can almost feel like a fairyland at times.  I know this statue is a mermaid but I gave her wings as it just seemed appropriate to her surroundings.  This photograph was taken on a tripod with bracketed exposures.  I then processed it in photomatix with  tone mapping.


Week 33 – #29 Shot at 9AM

My husband and I have lived in Florida for 17 years. When we initially came to Sarasota from Philadelphia I was pretty adamant about not living in a gated community or a golfing community.  We found a charming neighborhood in downtown Sarasota and lived there for 16 years in 3 different homes within a house of each other. We went from 2500 Sq feet to 4000 Sq feet and then back to 2500 Sq feet.  I’ve been itching to “go condo” for several years but my husband was just not ready. Finally last year, I convinced him and we did what we hope will be our final downsizing and move. We found a charming complex in the University Park area.  I walk to the gym most mornings and was waiting for the perfect light to take this photo.  About a month ago at 9AM, it was slightly overcast so I setup my camera and tripod and captured this charming view of our complex.



Week 32 – #21 On the Water

Rookery Bradenton Florida

Bird photography requires  much patience (and skill).  Getting the bird in focus with the right exposure is something that takes practice. These smaller birds are even more difficult as they disappear from your view finder in a matter of seconds.  I was fortunate enough to catch this bird “on the water” ready for flight with both proper exposure and in focus.  Now I need to be able to identify this little guy!  Anyone know what kind of bird this is?