A Lingering Look at Windows: Valentine Edition

I don’t have much in the way of Valentine windows as I’ve been a bit under the weather and haven’t gotten out much this week.

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Betty J’s Florist, Ocoee, FL
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This challenge is very laid back. It runs Thursday thru Thursday; jump in any time.  For more information and/or to see other entries, please click HERE.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge – Valentine Edition

This is week 23 Valentine’s Edition of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge.

This past weekend I stopped by a local floral shop. It was closed at the time but I wanted to see their Valentine window display. As I walked up to the window, I saw the most realistic looking stuffed toy cat I had ever seen. As I looked closer, he suddenly moved! And then I saw his eyes.  They are amazing!

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I went back to the shop on Monday to find out more about this cat. The lady was so nice. She said she has two rescue cats who stay with her in her shop. One is named Boo and is black and white. He didn’t come out while I was there. This beautiful white cat is named BJ. She said he was found wandering the streets. They brought him in and learned that he is deaf. He is so friendly and let’s people pet him. Here he is sitting on a table and letting me pet him. I was mesmerized by his one yellow eye and one blue eye.

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To participate and/or to see more entries, click HERE

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Phoneography Challenge: Macro

The second Monday of the month at Lens and Pens by Sally is the Phoneography Challenge: Macro.  I picked a photo that I took last month at the Leu Gardens in Winter Park. This was part of the section highlighting arid plants. From the Leu Gardens website:

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This area displays a wide variety of plants that are drought tolerant. Many come from areas that are seasonally dry or from desert regions. Some types of plants found here include acacias, agaves, aloes, bromeliads, cacti, flowering trees, palms, succulents and yuccas.

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I love what Sally had to say on her post about macro photography. Her challenge has opened my eyes to some of the wonders around me that I probably would have just walked by in the past. This challenge has me trying things with my iPhone camera I wouldn’t have thought of!  I hope she doesn’t mind that I’m copying a statement from her but I love what she said:  “There is a moment when something is revealed and unveiled that truly stuns.” So very true!

For more information on this challenge and/or to view  more entries, please click HERE.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge from Cheri at The Daily Post is all about selfies.  Cheri says a selfie doesn’t have to be all about you; it can reveal much more, given the elements you choose to include. So on that note, here are my offerings.

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and my personal favorite  —

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Draped Lady – Fragile and Vintage!

There are two challenges this week that I felt that my post would fit. So I just had to do it this way!

The first challenge is Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote — Fragile.   My mother always had the most beautiful items in her home when I was growing up. This piece was always one of my favorites. I’m sure that she was always so nervous that I was going to break some of her items because I was fascinated by them. I am so happy that I didn’t break it because now it’s mine! The Draped Lady flower frog was produced by Cambridge Glass in the 1920s and 1930s.

Guard your fragile life carefully.  Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.

Og Mandino

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The other challenge is Sonel’s Corner Photo-Editing Challenge:  Vintage.  Above is the original.

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iPhone5, Fotor

Happy Birthday to me!

A Walk in the Park!

Last Monday when temperatures got back into the 70s, I went downtown (Orlando) to once again visit Lake Eola Park. It had rained in the morning but had stopped before noon. The day was clear but completely overcast. I took lots of photos (too many to post here) in spite of the weather. My favorite is the very last one!

From the City of Orlando website: Lake Eola Park is a popular destination in the Downtown Orlando area. The sidewalk that circles the lake is .9 miles in length. Other activities available to park visitors include renting swan-shaped paddle boats or electric gondola boats, feeding the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park, seeing a concert or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, grabbing a bite to eat at Relax Grill on Lake Eola or relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando’s skyline. The iconic water feature is is the unofficial symbol of Orlando.

The main offices of the law firm I used to work for are just across the street from the Park. I spent many a lunch hour walking around the lake enjoying the ducks, geese and swans. I would spend some time on one of the benches reading a book and basking in the sun. I must say it was the best part of my work day!

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Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed

Crossing the street from the office, one enters the Park and begins the walk around. The first thing I noticed was that most of the ducks and swans were out of the water. I had hoped to find a bunch of them in the water but it was not to be on this particularly overcast day. On my left are a number of swans not swimming!

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Looking to my right I can see all around and across the Lake. Besides a number of large and small office buildings, there are numerous high rise condominiums. Looking northwest (at least I think it’s nw!) as in the next photo you see mostly office buildings. In the Lake photos you can see the large turquoise fountain and further back you can see the back of the Amphitheatre. I too quite a few photos of ducks and squirrels and landscaping and I’m sure I’ll be using them down the road in other posts!

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Moving further around the Lake, past the Relax Grill and the Amphitheatre, is where they rent the pedal swans and the gondolas. The day I was there, there were only a couple of the swans out on the Lake. Looking across the Lake to the west, most of those buildings in view are residential condos.

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When I was about 3/4 of the way around the Lake, I saw this sculpture that had been added.

"Take Flight" Artist: D. Blumberg

“Take Flight”
Artist: D. Blumberg

Coming up on almost the .9 mile mark of my walk is this pagoda. In the past, I have seen it used as background in a lot of photo shoots for various advertisements or engagement or wedding photos.

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And now I have come full circle. Here is where I ran into, well, you can see for yourself. I’m pretty sure he thought I was getting ready to offer him something to eat and when I didn’t offer, he was going to settle for my iPhone!

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I just realized that my post is perfect for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walk 100 steps or less and take new photos. For more information and/or entries, please click HERE.

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