52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge


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15. Faces in Everyday Places (Pareidolia)

0Y3B2162Biohazard Sign++

While waiting in the pre-op with my husband, I saw medical personnel tossing contaminated articles into a rather large receptacle marked with the familiar “biohazard” sign. Used bandages, rubber gloves, thermometer covers, etc. were dispatched to this box. I realized I was staring at it because I perceived a rather sinister face within the converging circles. It is a sinister looking face with scowling eyes and eyebrows extending into what appeared to me to be devilish horns. A bulbous nose had a malevolent looking extended mustache right below it. Whoa! Maybe I am spending too much time looking at it. Does this fall into the category of subliminal suggestion? (Note: The picture shown here was taken in another part of the hospital.)


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50. Urban Scenery

While walking through the Rosemary District in Sarasota, Florida, I spied this mural of abstract art. It fascinated me so I attempted to capture it with my camera. The mural was divided into three parts by two jutting cement block pillars and the artist had cleverly incorporated these raised areas into his artwork. But, try as I may, Photoshop would / could not merge the pictures into a panorama. After trying every “which-way”, I have resorted to presenting this mural as three different parts from left to right. Note that the artist used color in the middle picture only — while depicting the left and right sides in black and white.

Beginning on the left side. . .

Beginning on the left side. . .

Shown is the middle section where the artist used some color.

Shown is the middle section where the artist used some color.

More of the black and white on the right side.

While the Rosemary artist’s name is not visible, perhaps this can be construed as graffiti. In another part of town, I photographed what looked like a gecko or lizard — and it was in great detail showing many shades of blue. It was signed and so I would guess it was done as contracted (in some way) by the shop’s owner. The artist, in this case, was truly patient. Look at the detail.

Wonder how long this took the artist?  Look at the detail!

Wonder how long this took the artist? Look at the detail!

One big lizard / gecko  --  covering the whole side of this building.

One big lizard / gecko — covering the whole side of this building.


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48. Sun Flare

The sun as seen through our front yard palms

The sun as seen through our front yard palms

The sun flare shown here was accomplished by stepping out my front door since my photo journeys have been curtailed lately. While looking at this capture, I am wondering if bracketing might have afforded better color in the picture. It has made me wonder how best to portray this scene and still maintain color and description. Oh well, back to the books!


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9. Drops of Water

Skiing barefoot!

Skiing barefoot!

In the winter season in Sarasota the Ski-A-Rees water skiing team performs each Sunday afternoon on the bay near the Mote Marine facility. The team is composed of some young skiers with a lot of athletic ability who are just learning to do the various formations and tricks on skis. Others on the team come from having had experience at different water-skiing venues throughout the United States. In this picture, a more experienced skier is skiing barefoot which requires the towing boat to be traveling at faster than normal speed coupled with a strong, athletic and experienced skier at the end of the tow rope. This skier fit the profile perfectly as he skied barefoot past the audience creating a great spray of water drops.


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6. Bridge

Ringling Bridge from St. Armand's Circle to downtown Sarasota, FL

Ringling Bridge spanning Bird Key to downtown Sarasota, FL

One of Sarasota’s newest bridges, the John Ringling Bridge was a long time coming. Now that it has materialized, the populace seems to be liking it but there were quite a few years, while in the decision-making process, many people thought it best to keep the original drawbridge and, in doing so, keep an authentic look to Sarasota.

A foot bridge in Adventure Park leading to Paws Park.

A foot bridge in Adventure Park leading to Paws Park.

Every day, I walk over this smaller arched bridge in our local park. It is a popular bridge for picture-taking. Most often, there are parents taking pictures of their children, high schoolers taking “selfies”, graduates recording their milestone and even an occasional bride and groom accompanied by their photographer. It is, after all, a very picturesque little bridge.


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23. Lamp Posts

More modern looking lamp posts leading to  Marina Jack Restaurant

More modern looking lamp posts leading to Marina Jack Restaurant

These lamp posts line the walk into one of Sarasota’s restaurants located by the Bay. The more modern look fits nicely with the building’s clean lines of architecture.

These lamp posts are copied from an earlier time period.

These lamp posts surround The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota.

Note that the lavender color of these lamp posts fits in well with the lavender and purple theme of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Incidentally, it was the widow of Frank Lloyd Wright who selected this theme for the Hall.


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A2 Circles

0Y3B0188Hoopster

Last Fall, my husband and I went to the Loomis Brothers Circus in Bradenton. It was a small circus but had several animal acts — including elephants and tigers. Individual performers were featured including a young lady who was a master of the hoola-hoops. She used several hoops at a time incorporating all kinds of twirling and balancing to demonstrate her prowess. During one part of her performance, she had at least ten hoops in motion around her body at one time. The pictured balancing / twirling act thoroughly impressed me. While balancing on one leg she kept these “circles” moving around her legs and arms. Or course I would be impressed since I never really mastered the art of spinning one hoola-hoop!

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