May 7, 2012

2nd Anniversary

SDP  5-7-12
To mark the 2nd anniversary of Sarasota Daily Photo, I offer a photo which encompasses a little of everything that most people were interested in based on our recent poll: beaches, wildlife and a surprise. (Thanks to everyone who voted!) This picture was taken on South Lido Beach in the early evening on a week night. Lido Key has the only beaches within the Sarasota city limits.  That beautiful body of water is Sarasota Bay which flows into the Gulf of Mexico (just to the right out of frame). You can run along the beach, go boating, check out the shorebirds and then be in St. Armands Circle for fine shopping and dining within a matter of minutes. The great blue heron tucked in the foliage on the beach is real. He was rather funny because he seemed to act as those he was completely camouflaged and no one could see him people watching.

I've enjoyed blogging for the past two years and meeting so many different people in the City Daily Photo world and blogosphere.  Through your terrific posts and thoughtful comments, I feel as though I know many of you although we've never met in person.  One of my goals with SDP was to improve my photography.  Some days I think that's happened. Other days I don't know what I was thinking when I snapped a picture!  My ornithological knowledge definitely has increased as I try to figure out what the birds are that I'm shooting. Without SDP, I never would have had the fantastic experience of documenting Henry and Henrietta and their family (a SDP follower tipped me off to their nest) or the bald eagle family.  Thanks to everyone who visits SDP and comments.  I wish I could post every day, but unfortunately, Sarasota daily life gets in the way.  I've read about some CDP bloggers who quit posting because they become overwhelmed with trying to continually find good photo opps and write about them.  I don't want SDP, which I started as a fun hobby, to turn into a chore.  The content ultimately would suffer.  So, if you don't see a post for a few days or don't see me commenting in awhile, please know I haven't disappeared for long.  Happy blogging!

11 comments:

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shot. It's amazing how much you can learn taking a few photographs; from the names of birds to trivial history facts.

Darryl and Ruth :)

James Mark said...

Bon anniversaire et bon courage for the next year.

We are: clamco said...

Happy anniversary! And thank you for the beach shot! We visited Lido beach when we were in Sarasota a couple of years ago and it was beautiful! I have enjoyed your photos, posts and comments very much. SDP has become part of my morning ritual and I often show off your photos to my husband and daughter. BTW, Megan loved the Garbage Men. We had "Tequila" stuck in our heads all day yesterday.

Ernie said...

Happy Anniversary! And nice shot of Big Pass. Did you see the Big Moon Saturday night? It was big. Did I mention it was big? Big!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Happy 2nd year blog anniversary SRQ, it's been a pleasure seeing Sarasota through your eyes, have thoroughly enjoyed following Henry and Henrietta and hope to keep doing so. Top shot for your anniversary post, ticks all the boxes. Catch you soon.

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary to you! I enjoy your blog and the photos! I hope you continue!

Cathy Hudspeth said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary!!! I know what you mean about daily shots - some of mine I think are masterpieces! Then comes that dry spell that I don't have anything I think is worth showing, but I want to post anyway. The great maw of the daily blog!

Halcyon said...

Happy blogiversary! I do think this shot covers just about everything in Florida. :) Love the heron especially.

Jim Klenke said...

Happy Anniversary!

Ali Crehan said...

Happy anniversary!!It is indeed amazing how a daily photo project impacts you in so many ways - all the things you learn, the people you meet - but it is indeed a lot of work.

Jack said...

Congratulations, SRQ! Two years! I don't know how the younger bloggers who are still working manage to keep going. My daughter posted for two months and realized that it took much too much time.

I always enjoy seeing what you are doing, and I enjoy your comments.