Monochrome Mondays


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Marie Selby Gardens Mermaid

I have photographed the Mermaid in a small pool at Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota numerous times but, on this particular day it was a little more of a challenge.  Over the past couple of years the plants surrounding the Mermaid have become overgrown and are in major need of a trim.  Normally you can get a nice photo with a waterfall flowing a small distance behind her without too much kneeling or squatting involved. Unfortunately for my body that wasn’t the case this trip.

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Basketweave Palm

An interesting find a Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota.  I neglected to note the botanical name so I am calling it Basketweave Palm.  To check out the color version go to my 52 weeks with Carolyn blog, the link is on the top right.

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Selby Public Library

The Selby Public Library was the first library in Sarasota County, Florida that was established in 1907.  Located on 1st Street in downtown Sarasota the building was designed by architect Eugene Aubry and constructed in 1998.  The large bottom heavy columns support and grace the outside of the building, providing large shaded porticos .

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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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