The World Through My Lens


Week #7, Theme #25 “SOTC” (Technical)

PACC Sunset

A great benefit of living in Sarasota, FL (on the Gulf of Mexico) is that we enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen…..last  night was no exception! Perhaps the Psalmist was looking at something similar when he wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psa. 19:1 NIV).

The IPhone 6S camera, in my opinion, leaves a lot to be desired and the picture I’ve posted for Week #7, Theme #25, “SOTC” (straight-out- of- the- camera) explains why. This picture was taken from the #10 green at the Palm Aire Country Club (Lakes Course) in Sarasota. I know it leaves a lot to be desired but this one will have to do for this week. As I said in my last post, I have fallen a little behind and am trying to catch up. Thanks for your patience!


Week #6, Theme #14 “Humor” (Creative)

Yea, Yea, Yea!

One of my favorite places to photograph a variety of water birds is “The Rookery” in Venice, FL. This particular rookery is located on an island in the middle of a not-very-big pond in one of Venice’s residential neighborhoods. At around 6PM each day the birds start arriving and within a matter of about fifteen minutes, as many as a hundred birds arrive and settle in for the night.

I’m being a little lazy, I admit, to use this particular picture but I have fallen behind and need to post a few photos rather quickly to catch up. Anyway, as I scanned the list of themes, I thought this picture would do for the theme “Humor” (Theme #14). You see, the Great Blue Heron on the right arrived first. When the one on the left arrived and seemed to get a little too close to the earlier arrivee, the one on the right started in on him, as you can see. The one on the left raised his right wing as if to say, “OK! OK! Give it a break already!”


Week #5, Theme #5 “Macro” (Technical)

Best Macro Lily Stamen

Recently, I and one of my sisters (Sandy) spent a few days with our older siblings, all of whom live in Southern Michigan; she and her husband traveled by car from Georgia, while I flew in from Florida. The day before leaving Georgia, a friend gave my sister a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a birthday gift, which she very thoughtfully brought to Michigan so we could enjoy them, as well. The bouquet included some beautiful lilies and as I examined them more closely, I couldn’t help but think of Theme #5 of our 52-Week Challenge: “Macro” (technical). As you know, macro photography has to do with close-up photography, usually of a very small object or living organism (like insects, plants, etc.) in which the size of the subject in the photograph appears to be larger than life size.

For the photograph pictured above, I was literally looking down the “throat” of one of the lilies in the bouquet. I zeroed in on the “stamen”, the male pollen-producing reproductive organ of a flower. The stamen consists of two parts: the anther (where the pollen is produced and stored) and the filament (the long, slender shaft upon which the anther sits). More prominently displayed in the center of the photo is the female reproductive organ of the lily (called the “pistil”). The pistil is comprised of the “stigma”, the velvety, heart-shaped, oftentimes sticky object seen sitting atop the shaft (sometimes referred to as the “stalk”). Because my focus was the pollen and the stigma, the filaments and shafts are not quite as sharp as I’d like…..but I’m still learning! Enjoy!