September 30, 2010
September 29, 2010
I loved how this 10-year-old was absorbing every word and every move by his coach. The Ringling Redskins pee wee football teams play on Tuesday nights, and it's so much fun to watch them and take photos. After I was almost taken out on the sidelines by a tough little running back, I bumped into a friend's husband who coaches the Arapahoes, which was a pleasant unexpected surprise.
September 28, 2010
It's not often you see a "We have moved!" sign outside a police department. But, SPD officially moved yesterday. The public portion of SPD, where people report issues and pick up records, moved around the corner to the new police headquarters. The rest of the police department will continue moving over the next few weeks. The new $40 million building was constructed after voters overwhelmingly approved an extra property tax a few years ago, right before the real estate market plummeted. Rumor is...the old building (which really, really outlived its purpose) might be imploded. I'm daydreaming about photo opps already.
September 27, 2010
This is one of the many statues in the Mable Ringling Rose Garden at the Ringling Museum of Art. It's one of my favorite places to wander in the city. It's a great escape, taking in the fragrant flowers and interesting statuary. And, here's a bonus: the gardens are free to the public. To see a previous post from the garden click here.
September 26, 2010
September 25, 2010
This is a portion of downtown known as Towles Court. It's a colorful, funky artist colony that's amazingly serene considering it's just three blocks from U.S. 41, a busy five lane highway. I don't know if it's the large old oak trees creating so much shade, the lush vegetation or all the bright old cottages snuggled close together, but when you step foot into Towles Court you feel like you've been transported to a remote little island. A few dozen artists work in the renovated cottages and open their doors the third Friday night of every month for Art Walk where there's live music, cocktails and, of course, art. Coastal Living Magazine named Towles Court one of the top ten artist colonies in the U.S. I had a great time taking pictures here....more posts to come!
September 24, 2010
September 23, 2010
September 22, 2010
Take your pick: soar above the azure water of the Gulf of Mexico or flop down in it. Either way you can't go wrong on Siesta Key Beach. Happy Watery Wednesday! To see other photos from around the world click here.
September 21, 2010
September 20, 2010
Not only is the youth football league underway (which I showed here), so is the youth cheerleading league. I caught up with these young members of the Warriors squad while were practicing their cheers adjacent to two football practice fields.
September 19, 2010
You'll see the name 'Ringling' all over Sarasota. The Ringling Museum, Ringling College of Art & Design, Ringling Bridge, and Ringling Boulevard to name a few. John Ringling, and his wife Mable, spent their winters in Sarasota after he made his fortune in the circus business. This is a statue of John Ringling on St. Armands Key, which he used to own.
September 18, 2010
When I first saw this, I thought, 'This is Sarasota!' As I may have mentioned in previous posts, Sarasota is known as an arts community. All the arts -- painting, sculpture, music, ballet, theatre etc. -- are embraced here. I found this clever guy positioned at the entrance of 10th Way Artisans, which is tucked down a dead end street near downtown. They describe themselves as a little 'guerilla artist colony' -- a place for artists to work who weren't formally trained. Looks and sounds intriguing. I'll have to return and explore the area sometime when they're open.
September 17, 2010
September 16, 2010
A fallen pine cone on a bed of needles makes me think of fall. Although, it doesn't feel like it during the day, I'm quite certain I felt a smidge of autumn in the air last night. Now..let's just get through hurricane season without any problems!
September 15, 2010
Bird Key Park near downtown is a popular launch site for wind surfers. While it looks carefree, I think I lack the balance for something like that. Especially in the middle of the bay far, far away from land.
September 14, 2010
This young BMXer almost blended right into the background the other night at the training course in Sarasota. I'm always amazed by the diverse age range of the participants: from 3-years-old to 50+. One of the 3-year-olds was a sweet little girl sporting pink shoes. Of course, when I spotted her the lighting was bad. Yet another good reason to return soon!
September 13, 2010
Notice anything unusual about these parking jobs? They're all reverse angle parking. A few years ago, when the city was studying its public parking inventory, one block of Gulfstream Avenue in downtown was turned into reverse angle parking. The theory is that reverse angle parking takes less room and thereby more spaces can be created. Well, they're a hit. They're a bit odd to navigate at first, but well worth it when you experience the ease of driving away.
September 12, 2010
September 11, 2010
Where were you nine years ago when the terrorist attacks happened? I was in Tampa and was dispatched to Sarasota, where President George W. Bush was sitting in an elementary school reading to children. There are many, many things about that day that I will never forget, among them: cruising south on I-75 listening to erroneous radio reports about car bombs exploding outside the U.S. Capitol, and looking up at the sky, which was eerily devoid of airplanes until just before the Sarasota exit, when Air Force One suddenly shot overhead in a near vertical incline. Let's remember what happened nine years ago today...who did it and why. God bless America.
September 10, 2010
If you see a tent like this covering a house or any building in Florida, it can mean only one thing: termites. Pest companies are hired to cover a structure and fumigate the inside. During the process, you have to move out --- definitely not fun. I spotted this tent in the Golden Gate neighborhood in downtown.
September 9, 2010
There's something about a big helmet on a little kid that's just too cute! Pee Wee football is quite popular here in Sarasota, with the Ringling Redskins League. I've driven by the practice fields many times and seen them running drills from afar, so I decided last night to stop by with my camera. This little guy is part of a team comprised of 8 and 9-year-olds. Most don't have the attention span to stand still for three minutes, let alone remember where they're supposed to stand and then where to go and who to block or tackle. So, I give a tip of the hat to Coach Jeff and the other coaches who seemed to be quite patient, but firm, as they positioned these up and coming players play after play after play.
September 8, 2010
I encountered this mother and son kayaking on Sarasota Bay near downtown early in the evening. They were all smiles talking to each other. What a great way to spend some quality time together. Click here to see more Watery Wednesday photos.
September 7, 2010
September 6, 2010
September 5, 2010
This is one of the stained glass windows in the vestibule of Church of the Redeemer in downtown near the bayfront. I like the colorful reflections and the railing leading up to the second floor. It's amazing the peace that stained glass can bring to a room, particularly in a church.
September 4, 2010
September 3, 2010
September 2, 2010
This is a different kind of lighthouse! Every time I go to the Saprito fishing pier near downtown, I see this great blue heron (or one of its friends/family) sitting atop this street light. I can only imagine the view he has up there, gazing off into the distance over Sarasota Bay.
September 1, 2010
No signs of whoever was playing here on Siesta Key Beach. Perhaps they waded into the water to cool off and contemplate their architectural plans for a grand sand castle. Click here to see more Watery Wednesday photos from around the world.