Monochrome Mondays


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Banyan Tree

There are a number of very large Banyan trees that were planted in 1939 on the grounds of Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL.  Their large prominent roots are a very distinguishing trait of the trees.  I always enjoy snapping a photo or two every time I visit the gardens.

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Starfish (Sea Star)

Back in May my photography group took a field trip to Tarpon Springs FL.  The Tarpon Springs area for years has been known for harvesting natural sponges. The quaint downtown has numerous gift shops that sell sponges along with other beauties from the nearby gulf waters.

A basket filled with Starfish caught my eye and when looking through my files decided to convert it to a Black and White image.  The different textures and details popped with the conversion.

Looking on line for information about Starfish I discovered scientists would prefer they be called Sea Stars.  They are not fish but are an echinoderm and are closely related to sea urchins and sand dollars.  Amazingly there are over 2000 species in the oceans.  The five-arm variety as shown is the most common, but some species have 10, 20 and 40 arms!

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Big Cat

No photos with clouds this week!  I decided to bring you instead this Big Cat.  Several months ago my photography group made a trip to the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, located in Sarasota.  For over 30 years this family run Sanctuary provides a safe home to Tigers, Lions, Ligers, Zebras, Bears and numerous other animals.  Our group was fortunate to have a behind the scenes photo opportunity to see some animals up close and personal.  Only a chain link fence separated us from the animals while a trainer watched over them.  I caught this Tiger enjoying a dip in cool water on a hot humid Florida afternoon.

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Florida Polytechnic University

I went back to Florida Polytechnic University near Lakeland, FL. a few weeks ago with my photography club.  You can check out past photos with my 4th and 5th posts.  The building is remarkable and at every turn there is another great photographic opportunity.  The building is white so lends itself well to converting photos to B&W.  I took this shot catching the angle of the arches with puffy clouds in the sky.

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Contemporary House

About a month ago in my post Abrovitae you could see this house from a different view.  I don’t know the history of the house, who designed it or when but, with its white exterior and immense curved wall of glass squares, it provided me with some interesting photographic opportunities.  Once again, the clouds were amazing that day.

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