Sarasota National Cemetery

Sarasota National Cemetery I feel very small whenever I visit a national cemetery. Thousands of identical headstones, aligned perfectly in horizontal, vertical and diagonal rows. None more noticeable than the others. Army Staff Sargent Conan D. Gorman, Jr's headstone is highlighted in this photo. He was a Christian, born in 1922, served in WW II, … Continue reading Sarasota National Cemetery

Cell Phone Photo

Sarasota Sunset I've heard a lot about the improved cameras in the latest cell phones, so I decided to see for myself. There are zillions of photos I have taken with my cell phone and then downloaded to my desktop for processing and editing, all with so-so results. This photo was taken with my new … Continue reading Cell Phone Photo

Longboat Key Library

Longboat Key, Florida is a long narrow spit of sand (Duh! It's a key) off the west coast of Florida, near Sarasota.  For its size, it's not very populated and has limited things to offer visitors, like restaurants, nightlife and attractions.  I would call it "quiet, laid back and relaxing"; others might call it boring. … Continue reading Longboat Key Library

Posing Pelican

On the same morning I saw my first reddish heron,  I found a pelican nesting site nearby. It was in the backwaters of Sarasota Bay, near a public boat dock surrounded by mangroves.  Early morning, active birds, including heron and egrets, and very noisy. Birds were everywhere.  Locals told me the wild birds put up … Continue reading Posing Pelican

Reddish Heron

At the end of a quarter-mile board walk through a mangrove swamp, I found myself on a platform in shallow water with a 180 degree view of the Gulf of Mexico.  Sounds of Sarasota did not penetrate this site.  Dawn was breaking, and birds were noisily swarming in the sky.  Gradually, the wading birds began … Continue reading Reddish Heron

Blue Heron

I found this blue heron wading in the shallows of a manicured lake on the grounds of the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL.     The bird was oblivious to me and others on the well-traveled foot bridge.  This photo opportunity was better than any zoo shot. Just another lucky shot. Thought for the Day:  Seize … Continue reading Blue Heron

Sarasota at Dawn

Looking across Sarasota Bay, a city park on Lido Key provided an excellent view of Sarasota's skyline.  It was 6:15 AM. I found this place pretty much by accident.  After reviewing several Google maps, I was actually looking for a marina in this area, but the public park provided a much better view.   A few … Continue reading Sarasota at Dawn

Sleeping Beauty

I just got back from Florida, spent some time near Sarasota and a couple days on Key West.  It was a nice break from Nebraska's winter. The beaches promise abundant opportunity for photos of exotic birds, sunsets, fishing, boating, sea shells and, of course, people.  Most people at the beach are soaking up the sun, … Continue reading Sleeping Beauty