Sunday, April 4, 2021

Project 365 - April 3, 2021

 A Visit to FAT Village


After meeting a friend for lunch at Sistrunk Marketplace, I decided to take a stroll through FAT Village since I was already in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and only one block away! I parked on NW 5th Street near Francisco Sheuat's gallery and went to visit him first.

It was so special to get a warm and friendly greeting.  It has been way too long since we have spoken.  I stayed for a short visit and then started to wander around FAT Village.  If you are not familiar, it stands for Flagler Arts and Technology Village and every last Saturday, they hold an artwalk there.  

I have not been in FAT Village since way before the pandemic, and not during the day in years, since I used to help the Business for the Arts of Broward with their monthly arts tours.

These are some of my images of the murals and happenings. late on a Saturday afternoon.
















Saturday, March 6, 2021

Project 365 - March 6, 2021

 Orange Sherbet Skies

Woke up a bit earlier today and Greg and I walked at 6:30 am.  The skies were sort of gray when we left the house. However, halfway through our walk, we had to stop and take photos because the skies were changing so rapidly. At this one point, the colors were so vibrant. This one reminded me of orange sherbet.

Project 365 - March 1, 2021

 A Walk Alone

On Monday, Greg wasn't able to join me on our morning walk because he had a plumbing issue to deal with in his house. So I took the opportunity to take my time and really take a good look around on my walk.

I got up close and personal with nature and I wasn't disappointed in the results! I love the last photo because I was able to get the reflection of the moon in the lake. Since I couldn't decide on one photo, I just decided that I would post them all!  










Thursday, March 4, 2021

Project 365 - March 4, 2021

Upside-Down


The best time to photograph Newt is when he is in his own zone. He is there quite a bit!  

Today, I was heading upstairs after eating dinner and I found him inside his toy.  I didn’t want to distract him because he usually thinks he is getting food and then I lose the opportunity to make a photo. 

So, I stood at a weird angle, leaning upside down to take this image without disturbing Newt’s deep thoughts. 

Of course the minute I took this image he scooted out and started meowing because he thought it was dinner time, again!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Project 365 - February 22, 2021

Almost There


Today, as I was making my coffee and getting my breakfast, my nose was filled with the most delightful scent coming from this blossoming plant!  

It was a busy day, lots of meetings and phone calls. But tonight, after I cleaned up the dinner dishes, I took my hyacinth next door to show to my neighbors. I am so proud of the progress this plant has made in less than one week!!

Now I am thinking that I should have bought more than one!! But that’s okay. It’s a bulb and that is a perennial. 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Project 365 - February 20, 2021


Growth


I was pleasantly surprised today when I finally made my way down to the kitchen. Yesterday, in addition to two doctor’s appointments, I also got my first of my two Shingles vaccines. Needless to say, I couldn’t move my arm very much so I took an ibuprofen and put a heating pad on my arm and went back to sleep. 

That much needed sleep helped. But then when I did get down to the kitchen, I found so many of the buds on this plant had opened up.  The smell is so lovely.  Of course I had to make these images. I expect there will be more to follow in as this hyacinth continues to bloom. 


Friday, February 19, 2021

Project 365 - February 19, 2021


A Touch of Spring


Shopping at Aldi’s has its benefits. As I was standing on line at the checkout counter waiting g to load my purchases on the conveyor belt, I looked at the shelf in front of me — you know the impulse items area?!

I found this beautifully growing bulb that immediately reminded me of those early spring days.  There would be wisps of melted snow left on the grass and on the wooden rails of Sam Goody’s house.  Pushing up from the hard-packed earth along the finely manicured lawns would be these tiny, green leaves and minuscule buds that later in the season would burst open with lovely shades of links and lavender and emitting sweet and fragrant aromas.

So, of course I grabbed one of these hyacinth bulbs in the glass container so I can not only watch the plant mater, but I can also observe the roots as they grow.

You can expect to see many images of this subject as it progresses.  

Hopefully my cats will not help themselves to a snack!!





Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Project 365 - February 16, 2021

Pretty in Pink


As I walked outside this morning at about 6:45 am, I was greeted with the most brilliant, pink clouds. This was such a lovely surprise because I knew that we had a lot of rain on the way. Not two minutes later, the colors morphed into shades of yellow and orange.  It is such an inspiring and peaceful time of day.  A time to reflect and listen, really listen to the sounds of nature. From the anhinga birds that sound like monkeys in the trees, to the ibis that swoop down onto the former golf course to graze or the occasional mockingbirds that flit from the trees to the road signposts to watch me as I walk along the paths, there is always something that catches my attention.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Project 365 - February 14, 2021

A Valentine's Day Kinda Morning


I received so many texts on Sunday because it was Valentine's Day.  People were worried that I might have a bad day. But, Joel and I never really made a big deal about it because it was a Hallmark event.  Did he buy me flowers? Always!  Did he buy presents? Always!  Did I need it? No.  All I really needed was the time to enjoy being with my best friend on the planet. So was my day any different than any other? No.  

I got up and walked with Greg. I did lots of Sunday errands around the house and I made plans to have lunch with a friend who I have not seen in years. Later in the day, Adina and I had a quiet dinner. She did surprise me with flowers and that was a sweet gesture. And, I got a sweet text from a friend wishing me a "Happy Galentine's Day" which made me giggle.

But all in all, I had a very nice day.

Project 365 - February 12, 2021

Morning Walks

I have been going on my morning walks for about four years now.  Ever since I retired from my Broward County job, had begun to walk for exercise.  At first, I tried doing Yoga each morning. I really enjoyed that, but I knew that I needed more exercise because my doctor told me that I had full-blown osteoporosis. That was quite a shock to learn. I thought, only old people had that. But then I realized that perhaps, I was also in that aging category.

Whenever something presents a challenge for me, I try to turn it around and see that it is an opportunity. And this was an opportunity to use my photography skills.  I have many, many more photographs than I have shared on this blog, and I have them saved on my external hard drives and cloud-based storage locations. In addition, I have printed some of these images and exhibited them in my house or turned them into a set of holiday or thank you cards.

But then, when my friend and I were talking over the Christmas holiday break, we both decided that we needed the challenge of posting on our Project 365 blogs. So far, I have kept up my end of the bargain, but I know that I need to venture out beyond only my morning walks.  But since the pandemic, I only venture out for specific purposes -- work or food shopping.  

I am sure that I will get a bit more adventurous, but for now, my own neighborhood continues to provide fascination for me. On Friday morning, I chose this beautiful bougainvillea as one of my subjects.  This bush is larger than me and has such beautiful blossoms. My fascination is in the details of the tiny, yellow flowers that are really the flowers for this plant. The surrounding, brilliantly colored parts of the plant are leaves that serve to attract pollinators.

My other image for today is my fascination with South Florida sunrises. I love when I not only capture the elegant colors of the early morning but also gain the added bonus of mist on the former golf course.




Thursday, February 11, 2021

Project 365 - February 10, 2021

Morning Dew


As I pulled the curtains opened this morning I saw that it had either rained or it was really humid outside. The concrete was wet and the Adirondack chairs were dripping. And then my beautiful succulent Jade plant had the perfect amount of dew for a photographer to take a precious moment out of a very busy day to just stop and make some photographs. 

And then it was back to work. 

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Project 365 - February 5, 2021

It’s a Misty Morning




Friday morning’s walk was a very pleasant surprise. The weather was changing from the chilly 40s to a more temperate 60 degrees. 

The result brought a thick blanket of mist with incredibly beautiful colors of sunrise. 

I love that no matter when I walk, I always find something different for my subject. Even if I shoot the same subject on different days, the end result is always unique.  

This was a very nice way to begin my weekend which is now about to end. 



Sunday, January 31, 2021

Project 365 - January 31, 2021

Last Day of the Month


Sundays are always poignant for me. Yes, I get up early. Yes, I do my morning walk with Greg. Yes, I get lovely greetings from the Vishnu dog down the block.

But Sunday always signals the time to prepare for the upcoming week. I used to go shopping on Sundays with Joel. He would make a trip to Walmart and Publix, an adventure. And once home, we would figure out what we wanted for dinner and the house would usually smell like some Italian dish while we curled up on the couch and watched TV. 

Now, I am creating my own path for Sundays. If I didn’t work on Saturday, I try to get the chores like laundry and house cleaning done so that Sundays are my own.

Yes, Sundays still involve shopping and cooking. But more time is spent outside or playing with photography or a bigger project like emptying out a giant file cabinet and shredding and scanning stuff.  

For me, busy is the key. And making lists for myself so that I don’t forget what I wanted to accomplish. 

And, a nap is always in store for me. Even if it is right after breakfast!  

Back to photography ... I love this image because of the rays of sunlight that are streaking across the old golf course that is in the shadows. I cropped the light poles out this time, but you may still see the electrical lines. Today brought more clouds to the sunrise because the humidity levels have increased a bit. But the clouds lend themselves to this morning’s image

Project 365 - January 27, 2021

Chasing the Shadows

Trying to catch up a bit. I made this image on Wednesday last week and thought I would post it today. 

I was taking a lunch break and sitting on my patio. The light was hitting my bamboo plant and making this shadow on the concrete. 

I felt like this image had a life if it’s own.  As the wind moved the leaves around, the shadows danced and changed. That’s why I appreciate photography because a still image needs to tell a story. If the viewer can figure out what is happening, or create a story of their own in their mind, then the photographer has done their job without words. 

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Project 365 - January 30, 2021

Breath of Fresh Air


There is nothing like February in Florida.  It is the best of both worlds.  The mornings are a bit crispy with low humidity and temperatures ranging from 55 to 65. But, later in the day,  the sun warms the ground and the air and although the humidity is still low, shorts and tee shirts are perfect. In the shade, you might still feel cool, but in the sun you warm up quickly.

Today was that perfect mix of cool and warm and I started my day at 6 am. I stayed in bed until about 6:30 just scrolling through emails and news of the day.  I indulged in my guilty pleasure of playing Words with Friends. And then I finally got up, leaving Gracie still in bed under the covers. 

Last night I slept in my yoga clothes so all I needed was my sneakers  I also layered a thermal shirt with a sweatshirt because it was a bit cool for me. Then at 7 am, I met my friend, Greg in front of our houses and off we went through our neighborhood.

We are usually totally engrossed in conversation for the entire 1.5-mile walk. But I am always conscious of photo opportunities.  In the mornings, I don't take the Nikon, instead, I opt for the iPhone. 

Sometimes the phone captures the images better than I could do it on manual on Nikon.  But I do like the challenge of getting the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture correctly. Not to mention the focusing.

As Greg and I were on the way home, the sun was just about to peek up over the treeline, and this is the image that I made. I used a bit of Photoshop but only to fix the levels in CMYK and then transferred back to RGB.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Project 365 - January 2 Part 2

 Morning Walk


Today is the first time in more than a week that I took a walk in the morning. I really love walking with Greg and the discussions we have as well as the people we meet along the way. 

Today, as we rounded the bend on Spring Bluff Terrace, we both had to stop and take a photo of the setting full Moon. It looked so large in the sky and bright even though the sun was rising and the moon was setting. 

It was a perfect moment.

Then, we ran into our neighbors who have a Vishnu dog and I got quite the welcome because I haven’t see them in almost a year! We spent a very long time chatting and I got to know his girlfriend while Greg and Bob caught up on condo business! 

It was such a South Florida moment!  And the weather couldn’t be better. Clear skies, 57 degrees and no wind. Just a perfect start to my weekend. 

Project 365 - January 29, 2021

 Good Shabbos 


Growing up, I spent almost every Friday night at my Nana and Pop-pop’s house so that we could have a traditional Jewish dinner. And boy did we eat!!

Dinner always started with gefilte fish and matzoh on a  tiny plate. The next course was a tiny plate of sweet and sour meatballs that were probably smaller than a 1/2 inch wide in a tomato-based sauce and a small slice of challah. 

After the plates were cleared and washed, out came the soup bowls, with the two handles, one on each side of the bowl, with chicken soup, carrots, celery and thin egg noodles. 

The reason we didn’t get full is because all the plates were quickly removed and washed and dried and put away before the next course was served. 

Then, out came the broasted chicken (boiled in the chicken soup and then roasted in the oven to ensure that it was not only toasty and brown but juicy!).   The sides ranged from noodle kugle and candied carrots to boiled and parsley potatoes and a salad. And of course more challah. 

After dinner there was also a dessert. Sometimes it might be honey cake made with thick and dark buckwheat honey.  Other times it might be sweet rice pudding or baked rice pudding. My mom loved to make a noodle kugle topped with corn flakes and orange zest.  

The entire meal lasted for at least four hours. So if my pop pop went to temple we would start dinner at about 7 pm when he came home. It was a treat to stay up that late!  

My mom and I lived down the block, so if I fell asleep, sometimes she would just leave me there and get me in the morning. 

It’s just how we rolled as a family before she remarried. I loved those years. 

Flash forward to today and I had the urge for chicken soup. It won’t be quite a tradition Jewish dinner because my daughter wanted tortillas for dinner, but at least I have my soup!!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Project 365 - January 22, 2021

Misty Morning


On my way out to a doctor's appointment, I stopped my car as I approached the guard gate because I had to capture this image.

The temperature was 58 degrees, it was damp and cool and that made for a wonderfully misty froth across the grass of the former golf course. And then, the sunshine through that mist made it even more beautiful to me.

So, I got out of the car and shot several images. This is the one that I liked the best because I can see the rays of the sun and the mist looks like a thick, white blanket on the ground. 

I didn't overthink it, just focused, snapped and got back in my car, and drove off to the doctor.  Now that I am sitting on my couch and looking deeper at the image, I wish that I had more time this morning to get up and outside a bit earlier to capture more of the sunrise. But, it is what it is and this is the result!

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Project 365 - January 17, 2021

Abandoned But Not Forgotten


I love to photograph old neon signs.  In Miami Beach, there are so many that I have yet to photograph. But this past weekend, I saw this sign as we were stopped at a red light.  

There are so many things that I love about this particular sign.  The juxtaposition of the peacock sitting above the sign.  The curlicue iron attached to an arm that must have had an additional sign hanging from it at one point in time.  The palm tree fronds framing the sign.  The bright yellow color of the wall behind the rusty color of the sign.

But my favorite part of this sign is how it sparked my imagination as to what life was like when this sign would come to life as the sun set.  Was this during the 1940s? Was World War II taking place? Was this even earlier, maybe the 1920s? It has a bit of an art deco feel to it. Could this sign be almost 100 years old? Probably not.  But, there were a lot of thoughts traveling through my mind as we sat at this red light.

So, this sign may be abandoned for now, but it has not been forgotten.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Project 365 - January 12 - Part II

Playing with Black & White

My favorite kind of photography involves the use of black and white.  To me, eliminating color from an image makes the viewer focus solely on the content of the photograph.

Some photographers come to mind . . . Ansel Adams . . . Annie Liebovitz . . Clyde Butcher . . .Diane Arbus

I can only aspire to make images as inspiring as they have inspired me.

Today, I was so busy that I was only able to pick up my camera after dinner and before I dropped into bed and these were my subjects!! My cat and some leftover gourds from Halloween! But, that makes the photographer work a bit harder in the area of creativity.




Project 365 - January 12

Living with Art


For as long as I can remember, I have always been surrounded by art in one form or another. As a child, my mother raised me as a single mom for seven years and she always introduced me to the arts. If she didn't have a Miles Davis or Thelonious Munk LP playing on the turntable, then it was West Side Story or Oaklahoma!

Visual art was also a big influence in my life.  There were tremendous coffee table books all over our apartment and in the round closet that I loved to explore because . . . well, for one thing, it was round. And when the Mona Lisa was exhibited at the World's Fair in either 1964 or 1965, we stood in a very long line to have a few moments to gaze at it before we were quickly ushered off.

When I was in high school, I was not only in a community theater company, but I also took a special English class where we studied playwrights and attended Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as homework!

As an adult, I have been an arts administrator for more than three decades and have sampled every discipline of the arts through our local and regional arts organizations and artists as well as traveling shows and exhibitions.

I can't imagine a world without the arts. And, I live with an artist  . . . and I am an artist. So I never know what I will find on my dining room table.  This is what I found today.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Project 365 - Day 9

They are Falling Out of the Trees


Ever since South Florida became a breeding ground for iguanas, who by the way are not native and are invasive and eat along our pretty flowers and vegetation, we have to be on the lookout for these cold-blooded creatures when the temperature falls.  The headlines in the newspapers will tell you to watch for falling iguanas!!

Hilarious, yes but also a bit sad.  I love animals and never want to see any of them get hurt. I know these strange looking beasts don’t belong here but they are so much fun to watch and take photos of. 

As I was leaving work, I saw this one iguana poking his head out of the drainage grate. I knew he probably couldn’t move more than he did because the temperature is about 60 degrees and that is way too cool for their blood.  

But, on the other hand, I did enjoy taking this fellow’s photo. I pretended he was posing for me. 

Friday, January 8, 2021

Project 365 - January 8, 2021

 A Deer in the Woods


No, not really, but as I took my morning walk, I saw the outline of a deer in the tree on the abandoned golf course.  Loved the fog and the pastel colors of the impending sunrise.

I guess the actual saying is "a deer in the headlights" but that didn't work as a title!

It was a quick snap and then on to finish my walk.  No great deal of thought went into this, just a touch of PhotoShop to bring up the contrast and lighted the foreground so that you can actually see the mist along the ground.

This was taken at about 6:45 am.

Project 365 - January 7, 2021


 A Day Off


On Thursday, I had an exceptionally busy day because we have a virtual arts festival coming up on Saturday. In addition to coordinating with artists and musicians, then running up to the cultural center for a four hour technical rehearsal, I just never had a chance to think about Project 365. 

However, as I was walking the halls of our venue, I had totally forgotten that two of my images are on exhibit in the Creative Pompano Exhibit which are artworks from only city employees. 

So today’s post is shamelessly about me. Enjoy!