Van Wezel

This is the Van Wezel Performing Arts center in Sarasota Florida. Aside from being one of the best venues in the region, it has some pretty cool architecture which, in my opinion, enhances the feel of Sarasota. I took this one afternoon when we had typical storm clouds in the area but decided to go with the dramatic feel. Besides, performing arts includes a lot of drama.
This is the Van Wezel Performing Arts center in Sarasota Florida. Aside from being one of the best venues in the region, it has some pretty cool architecture which, in my opinion, enhances the feel of Sarasota. I took this one afternoon when we had typical storm clouds in the area but decided to go with the dramatic feel. Besides, performing arts includes a lot of drama.
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Cottage On The Key

Cottage on the Key is one of a dozen or so eating establishments in Siesta Key, Florida. The character of the place speaks for itself. It seems to me that each place tries to be more laid back and quaint than the next. It makes for a great place to hang out, especially after sunset. Actually, I shot this while walking back to my car after watching the sunset. Jimmy Buffet would be proud. Someone fire up the blender.
Cottage on the Key is one of a dozen or so eating establishments in Siesta Key, Florida. The character of the place speaks for itself. It seems to me that each place tries to be more laid back and quaint than the next. It makes for a great place to hang out, especially after sunset. Actually, I shot this while walking back to my car after watching the sunset. Jimmy Buffet would be proud. Someone fire up the blender.
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Sunrise Under The Bridge

The hardest part about taking this photo was waking up before sunrise. However I’m glad I did even if I had to struggle to stay awake during meetings this day. This is the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota Florida and is always filled with joggers from before dawn until long after sunset due partly to it’s scenic setting and to the fact that it provides a bit of a hill, of which we have very few in this part Florida.
The hardest part about taking this photo was waking up before sunrise. But in the end I'm always glad I did, even if I have to struggle to stay awake during meetings that day. This is the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota Florida and is always filled with joggers from before dawn until long after sunset, due partly to it's scenic setting and to the fact that it provides a bit of a hill, of which we have very few of in Florida.
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Mote Sunset

This is a shot of the sunset near the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. The Mote is a marine research facility in Sarasota Florida. They are generally making news regarding rescues of Manatee or other sea mammals as well as habitat and ecology of the seas. The evening I took this I saw a shark swim by and after I got over the shock I realized it probably wasn’t so unusual, the waters of the Gulf are teaming with all kinds of life and ecosystems. Lucky for us we have scientists and volunteers at the Mote dedicated to researching and preserving it.
This is a shot of the sunset near the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. The Mote is the main marine research facility in the area. They are the main experts on marine life in the region, generally in the news regarding rescues of Mantee or other sea mammals. The evening I took this I saw a shark swim by. After I got over the shock I realized it probably wasn't so unusual, the waters of the Gulf are teaming with all kinds of life and ecosystems. Lucky for us we have scientists and volunteers at the Mote dedicated to researching and preserving it.
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Siesta Key

Siesta Key is a little village not far from where I live. Funny thing is I find the only time I go there is when guest come to town. In an effort to turn that around I headed there to shoot the sunset last week and I enjoyed it so much I’m planning on going back, hopefully before our next guests arrive.Siesta Key is a little village not far from where I live. Funny thing is I find the only time I go there is when guest come to town. Seems I take for granted what's in my backyard and only seem to enjoy it when I have to. Well, in an effort to turn that around I headed there to shoot the sunset last week. I enjoyed it so much I'm planning on going back, hopefully before our next guests arrive.
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Van Wezel Stairs

These stairs are on the grounds of the Van Wezel Performing Arts center in Sarasota Florida. Actually, I couldn’t think of anything to write about these, I’m coming up blank. How’s this, …Often patrons walk these stairs dressed to the nines in anticipation of a great performance. Hmmm, well maybe I should just let it go. You can make up your own story, it’s probably much better than mine.
Van Wezel Stairs
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Lower Longboat

Thousands of little fish, I’m not sure what they’re called, swim close to the surface and the birds along the waterways are more than happy to scoop them up. This is the southern tip of Longboat Key near Sarasota Florida. Late afternoon is a great time to be close to the water as you’ll always see something interesting and unexpected. The day I took this I saw a six or seven foot shark about a hundred feet off shore (in an area not too close to the beaches). As I said, interesting and unexpected.
Lower Longboat
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Van Wezel Patio

This is the patio of the Van Wezel Performing Arts center in Sarasota, Florida. The architecture and purple color of the building are unique in the area and stand out from a distance. I took this at sunset and was more drawn to the reflection of the sunset than the real thing itself. I’m always excited in a geeky kinda way, when I find something unique close to home, and the Van Wezel is a pleasure to look at from any angle, near or far.
Van Wezel Patio
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Ringling Sunrise

The Ringling bridge in Sarasota Florida attracts people from all over the region. It’s connects the mainland to several strips of land called “keys” along the inter-coastal waterway. On this morning I found myself here to capture the bridge at dawn and the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico that flow under it.

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