52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge


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.


A2 Circles


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!


A5. Reflections


While searching Sarasota for pictures to fit some of our 52 Week Challenge categories, I spied this reflection of the Sarasota Garden Club. Even though I had been at meetings there, I never stopped to “see” it from this perspective. The nearby pond provides a neat reflection of the surrounding trees and building.


20. Interpretation of Art

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In Sarasota, Florida, there is a pleasant Bay Front Walk winding around the edge of the bay by some condominiums, past the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, the Sarasota Garden Club and other venues along the shore. It affords wonderful views of the bay along with the refreshing breezes so welcome during some of our warmer weather. While strolling around this area, I captured an unusual plaque / picture (?). It really looks like a “stencil” billboard or could hark back to the “negative” from camera film. It is quite slender when viewing it from the side and when looking it from the front you see a rather abstract image — it looks like a galloping horse to me.


This plaque really accommodates those walking here since its picture allows the viewer to look beyond and into the bay area through the stenciled picture. An added benefit to its placement is that the stencil allows the breezes to flow through the picture.


Along this same walk, is another attraction — a purple cow standing near the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Perhaps it appeared during the days when cities and towns were decorating cows, pigs, and geckos and exhibiting them by their business establishments and city centers. It reminds me of the nonsense poem, “The Purple Cow” — “I never saw a purple cow. . .”

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29. On Two Wheels

Do you recall the hoopla and secrecy surrounding the introduction of the Segway? It was touted as a great invention that would change the way people moved. A few small tour companies in Sarasota have incorporated the use of the Segway as one of their guides narrates and leads a group around our fair city for two hours. All of the participants are riding on a Segway. Since there are few people who have ridden on this relatively new mode of transportation, the guide has the obligation to teach his group of tourists to properly ride, steer, turn, slow and stop their assigned Segway before venturing forth.

Zack introducing Segway to his tour group.

Zack introducing Segway to his tour group.

Last week, I dropped in to watch this “Segway 101″ as Zach, the tour guide, prepped his group of six for their journey. He told them a few things about the machine and then demonstrated techniques for maintaining proper stance and balance; how to stop, start and turn; how to slow or accelerate; and how to dismount. He emphasized all of these things as important to enjoying the afternoon tour and then let his newbies practice a while in the parking area before their tour began.

Demo of techniques used for successfully riding the Segway.

Demo of techniques used for successfully riding the Segway.

It really looked like it could be fun. Zack said he has had only a few people who have fallen and, usually, it was a result of not paying attention. I think I will put this on my bucket list.

Last minute instructions.

Last minute instructions.

When last seen, the group was heading toward the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

When last seen, the group was heading toward the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.


43. Solitary

Waiting for Lunch

Waiting of Lunch

On our trip to the Okefenokee Swamp recently, we included a boat ride into the swamp to see the flora and fauna. Though we saw several alligators in the swamp and along the banks, this gator seemed to have his territory claimed. Though we spent time around him, he was unmoved. I think he was waiting for his lunch to swim, hop or walk by him.


22. It’s A Mystery

Panoramic photo showing burned remains of the Carnegies' "Dungeness"

Panoramic photo showing burned remains of the Carnegies’ “Dungeness”

Cumberland Island is one of the barrier islands along the coast of Georgia and has long been a playground for the rich and famous. James Oglethorpe, reported to be one of the founders of Georgia, built a hunting lodge there in 1736 and named it “Dungeness”. The next “Dungeness” was built on the island by Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene who acquired 11,000 acres of the island’s land in exchange for a bad debt. His widow, reputed to be a beauty who enjoyed the social scene, built a four-story tabby mansion over a Timuouan (native Indian) shell mound and delighted in entertaining her friends there. During the War of 1812, the British occupied the island and used this house as their headquarters.

Henry Lee III (a.k.a. Lighthouse Harry Lee and father of Robert E. Lee) stayed at the house in his later years until his death and was buried there in the family graveyard. During the U. S. Civil War, the house was abandoned and was later burned in 1868.

During the 1880’s, Thomas M. Carnegie, brother of Andrew Carnegie, purchased this property and began building a 54-room Queen Anne style mansion on Greene’s original site. However, the mansion and accompanying buildings were not finished until after Carnegie’s death in 1886. His wife, Lucy, continued living at “Dungeness” mansion and built other estates for her children resulting in 90% ownership of the island by members of the Carnegie family.

The Carnegies vacated “Dungeness” in 1925 and the mansion stood vacant. In 1959 the Dungeness mansion was destroyed by fire. Many in this seashore community say the cause was arson. It remains a mystery. The ruins of the mansion and its accompanying buildings and property are now preserved by the National Park Service as part of Cumberland Island National Seashore.

1880 Painting of Dungeness

1880 Painting of Dungeness


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