For years (yes, years), I've wanted to photograph this cross. It's located in rural Sarasota at the corner of Verna and Fruitville (where Fruitville Road dead ends east of I-75). It's always intrigued me…wondering who put it there…and, what prompted it. The right circumstances have never been present to shoot it --- until last night. A light rain had just ended...and as I turned the corner and glanced at the sky near the cross I thought, "Tonight's the night!". At first, there was a hint of pink, which shifted to grey, followed by a dark peach glow. The cloud formations, opening to reveal bright blue sky, were incredible. In this serene setting I kept thinking, "God is good." Happy Saturday!
June 18, 2016
It's been one thing after another for the past several weeks. After enduring a very long, emotional week in connection with the horrific terrorist attack in Orlando, I wanted nothing more than to seek solitude last night. And…I found it! The week before the mass shooting, Tropical Storm Colin breezed by and dumped 10+ inches of rain in some parts of Sarasota. Portions of Myakka River State Park are still flooded, and as a result, I pretty much had the place to myself. The resident animals are seeking dry territory and their behavior seems a little out of sorts. I spotted these two black-bellied whistling ducks sitting on a wood fence near the flooded river. They kept inching along the fence and looking down, as if they were disgusted by the smelly flood water -- and that was the last place they wanted to stick their little webbed feet. Hope everyone in the blogosphere has been doing well!