Sarasota Sunrise

As the sun rises in the east in Sarasota Florida it rises over the city. Most people think of Florida as a place to retire with warm weather year round. That’s true, but Sarasota has a younger crowd as well due to the colleges in the area, and so every morning before dawn the streets and bridges are full of people out for a jog or walk, or in my case, taking pictures of the sunrise. The waters are always clear, mostly warm, and you can’t go too far without running into a Starbucks. What’s not to like?

As the sun rises in the east in Sarasota Florida it rises over the city. Most people think of Florida as a place to retire with warm weather year round. That's true, but Sarasota has a younger crowd as well due to the colleges in the area, and so every morning before dawn the streets and bridges are full of people out for a jog or walk, or in my case, taking pictures of the sunrise. The waters are always clear, mostly warm, and you can't go too far without running into a Starbucks. What's not to like?

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Dawn

This is dawn in Sarasota Florida. I’ve been here dozens of times but never noticed this tree, however this time something about it in the twilight set it apart. Twilight and dusk are my two favorite periods of the day for taking pictures. The mood of something, like this tree, is complete and real, yet disappears just a few minutes later. The other thing that makes this special is that I was able to drag myself out of bed to take this photo. That’s no little accomplishment.

This is dawn in Sarasota Florida. I've been here dozens of times but never noticed this tree, however this time something about it in the twilight set it apart. Twilight and dusk are my two favorite periods of the day for taking pictures. The mood of something, like this tree, is complete and real, yet disappears just a few minutes later. The other thing that makes this special is that I was able to drag myself out of bed to take this photo. That's no little accomplishment.

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Trellis

This is the rose garden trellis in Vancouver’s Stanley Park. When I took this it was too early for all the roses to be in full bloom, nonetheless I thought the setting idyllic, especially when you consider that the bustling city is just a few short steps away. If you come here in the evening around dusk you can have the whole place to yourself. I can’t think of a better way to unwind from a busy day than walking through a rose garden in Stanley Park.

This is the rose garden trellis in Vancouver's Stanley Park. When I took this it was too early for all the roses to be in full bloom, nonetheless I thought the setting idyllic, especially when you consider that the bustling city is just a few short steps away. If you come here in the evening around dusk you can have the whole place to yourself. I can't think of a better way to unwind from a busy day than walking through a rose garden in Stanley Park.

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Robinson Dusk

Boy, I am such a procrastinator, like another shot I did of Robinson Preserve I got here just as the sun was setting below the tree line. If I was just ten minutes earlier, …but then again, maybe everything happens at the perfect time. So maybe this is the picture that was meant to be. I’ll never know but, in the end, this is what came out. Robinson preserve is a 487-acre preserve in Bradenton Florida and is the home of many species of wildlife, in short, a beautiful place for a walk.

Boy, I am such a procrastinator, like another shot I did of Robinson Preserve I got here just as the sun was setting below the tree line. If I was just ten minutes earlier, ...but then again, maybe everything happens at the perfect time. So maybe this is the picture that was meant to be. I'll never know but, in the end, this is what came out. Robinson preserve is a 487-acre preserve in Bradenton Florida and is the home of many species of wildlife, in short, a beautiful place for a walk.

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Nature Salad

I was standing on a lookout tower in Emerson Point Florida just after sunrise when I took this. In a way it reminds me of a big salad with the sun, clouds for rain and the green vegetation below. This is so typical of Florida, you can have clear skies in one direction, big clouds with rain in the other. And when it does rain, you can usually see blue sky. Even as I write this post, there are thunderstorms outside, but I know that in about twenty minutes it will pass and we’ll have clear sky and a nice sunset. So this picture just sums it all up, and puts food on the table as well.

I was standing on a lookout tower in Emerson Point Florida just after sunrise when I took this. In a way it reminds me of a big salad with the sun, clouds for rain and the green vegetation below. This is so typical of Florida, you can have clear skies in one direction, big clouds with rain in the other. And when it does rain, you can usually see blue sky. Even as I write this post, there are thunderstorms outside, but I know that in about twenty minutes it will pass and we'll have clear sky and a nice sunset. So this picture just sums it all up, and puts food on the table as well.

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Master

I took this one evening while walking around Granville Island in Vancouver. Sometimes, depending on where I am, there are interesting subjects at every turn. In general this is true for Vancouver, but it’s even more true for this little harbor on False Creek. My guess, and it’s only a guess, is that this fishing boat supplies the local restaurants. And in this section of town, there are a lot of seafood restaurants, I mean a lot.

I took this one evening while walking around Granville Island in Vancouver. Sometimes, depending on where I am, there are interesting subjects at every turn. In general this is true for Vancouver, but it's even more true for this little harbor on False Creek. My guess, and it's only a guess, is that this fishing boat supplies the local restaurants. And in this section of town, there are a lot of seafood restaurants, I mean a lot.

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Causeway Sunset

The was taken from a causeway along Manatee Avenue in Bradenton Florida. While tourist flock to the beaches, this is a favorite spot for local families. In fact, you can even ride a horse in the water here, I think they call it horse surfing; a great way to cool off for you and the horse. In any case, I just happened to be driving by around sunset and popped out of the car to grab this shot.

The was taken from a causeway along Manatee Avenue in Bradenton Florida. While tourist flock to the beaches, this is a favorite spot for local families. In fact, you can even ride a horse in the water here, I think they call it horse surfing; a great way to cool off for you and the horse. In any case, I just happened to be driving by around sunset and popped out of the car to grab this shot.

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King’s Chamber

This is a chamber in the Banff Springs Hotel which to me looks like it belongs to a king. I’m sure there’s another name for this room, but the first time I saw it King’s Chamber came to mind. The architecture of the Banff Springs is designed after a Scottish castle and with rooms like this you could easily be transported to another place and time.

This is a chamber in the Banff Springs Hotel which to me looks like it belongs to a king. I'm sure there's another name for this room, but the first time I saw it King's Chamber came to mind. The architecture of the Banff Springs is designed after a Scottish castle and with rooms like this you could easily be transported to another place and time.

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