A Photo a Week – Shiny

Dark Night 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

There are two ways of spreading light

to be the candle

or be the mirror that

reflects it.©Edith Wharton

A Photo a Week Challenge – Shiny

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B & W – In or On Water

Siren Call 2021©Isadora DeLaVega
Ringling Museum – Sarasota, Florida
Tiki Time 2021©Isadora DeLaVega
Peace River – Matlacha, Florida
Come to Me 2021©Isadora DeLaVega
Myakka River State Park – Florida
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Wordless Wednesday – Summer Lament

Happiness can be found even in the darkest times, if one only remembers to turn on the light©A.Dumbledore

Summer Lament 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Wordless Wednesday – Autumn Bursts

Shades of Autumn are sprinkling temptation for the cooler temperature to come. 

Autumn Bursts 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Lens Artist Photo Challange – A Day of My Week

The photo challenge this week is to add photos from A Day of My Week. Since the unmentionable came into our lives creating difficulties in travel and daily outings, I haven’t any recent photos of my day. I limit where I go due to immune issues I have. I went into my archives and discovered this post from 2012. I hope is turns out to be a new view of photographa for those who haven’t seen them.

My husband and I often go to places that tourist go, to get to know places we haven’t seen or we would like to recommend.         We lives in the Sunshine State – Florida – which is a very toruisty state. This was a pontoon boat ride we took located a short one hour drive from my home.

A Day on the Peace River with Captain Jeff

Single Palm Tree Peace River - reflection - web

The sun reflected its’ warm rays on the calm waters as we traveled

down the Peace River to hidden estuaries in undisturbed corners of nature.

Palm Tree - leaning web (1280x788)

Palm tree bent when Hurricane Charlie in 2004 roared through this area. 

You can see the erosion but they still stand tall.

Ibis - white web

In the distance, you could see white Ibis nesting among the mangroves. An Ibis is a gregarious wading bird with a downward curving beak. It’s native to warm climates and Florida, according to our guides Captain Jeff and Lisa. Rusty was happy with a pat on the head. Soon he laid down for a quick siesta.on our recent boat ride down the Peace River inArcadia, Florida.

Captain Jeff #2  copy

Captain Jeff


Rusty was happy with a pat on the head. Soon he laid down for a quick siesta

while the boat meandered down the Peace River in Arcadia, Florida.

Peace River - open waters web

When Ponce de Leon discovered these waters he had penned the name Rio de Paz. It was later changed to the Peace River. Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish conquistador and explorer who led the first European expedition to Florida.

Single Palm Tree Peace River - reflection - web

As we all know, every would-be pirate needs a good ship, and Blackbeard had one of the best. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was a monstrous converted slaver ship, packing 40 cannons and with room for dozens of murderous pirates. This mighty pirate ship could go toe-to-toe with any armed merchantman.

Boats against the Horizon.web

On board her decks, Blackbeard terrorized the Caribbean. There is a tale that Blackbeard wanted to hide many of the treasures he had amassed. As you can see by the photos this is very dense foliage along these waters. To find the locations of where he had buried his booty he would plant a palm tree. Palm trees do not grow along the water’s edge. They have to be planted. There are a great many people that even today search for Blackbeard’s treasures which are said to still be hidden somewhere.

architectural Tree - web

Fish and small birds nest and take shelter in these roots.

The leaves of the banyan tree are large, leathery, and used as animal fodder.

The tree produces figs which are popular with birds and monkeys,

and also produces flowers that attract wasps for pollination.
Banyan tree web

During Hurricane Charlie, back in 2004, many of the wildlife shelters along these shores

were damaged and destroyed. The banyan tree, native to India and part of the mulberry family,

is an enormous tree with many uses. Young plants put forth roots, which form secondary trunks

to support the expansive limbs. These trunks send out more roots until they crowd out the host tree.

Hope you enjoyed A Day of My Week … Isadora 😎


Lens Artist Photo Challenge – A Day of My Week

This week our photo challenge is from Amy

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Week 3 – Amy 

Week 4 – Tina 

In the Dark of Night

Dark and bleak,

the perfect night.

For us to come,

and, haunt or fright.

In the dark of night.


Lens Artists Photo Challenge:Weird and Wonderful

A subway turn-stile is a mechanical gate consisting of revolving horizontal arms

fixed to a vertical post, allowing only one person at a time to pass through.©wikipedia

Old Wood Subway Turn-stile 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

Riders pay a single fare to enter the subway system and may transfer between trains at no extra cost until they exit via station turnstiles; the fare is a flat rate regardless of how far or how long the rider travels. Thus, riders must swipe the Metro Card or tap a contactless payment card or smartphone on an OMNY reader upon entering the subway system, but not a second time upon leaving.©wikipedia

Old Oak Wood Steering Wheel 2021 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

A vehicle steering wheel is a wheel that a driver rotates in order to steer the vehicle.©wikipedia

I don’t know how the semi-circle in the middle of the steering wheel naviagtes the car.

The steering wheel was in a vintage vehicle at a local car museum in Punta Gorda, Florida.

There were only American made vehicles, all representing a variety of manufacturers.

The cars are used in many movies because they’re rare vintage collectables.

I haven’t the slightest idea how this automobile evaporator air conditioner used to work. The instructions describing it, along with the installation and the operation, are right on the vehicle window. With this invention, car owners suffering during the hot season must have been waiting in line to get one—how auto parts have changed. 

Does anyone know why this was on the window? 

Automobile Evaporation Air Conditioner 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

And, what would we do without our vehicles?

New models with lots of upgrades were eventually invented. Manufacturers competed with more conveniences than we could have ever imagined. During the dawn of their creation, no one knew how much we would become dependent on them.


Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Weird & Wonderful

This week our photo challenge is from: Ann-Christine.

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Wordless Wednesday – Chalk Street Art

Lens Artists Photo Challenge:The Ordinary

An ordinary day can change in a moment over a cup of coffee with a friend.


Chocolate cake is a bit of comfort when we need to fill our ordinary day.

Double Chocolate Cake

Fresh fruit and ice cream console heartache on an ordinary day.

A simple flower can brighten an ordinary day.

A table top bouquet can rejuvenate the heart on an ordinary day.

2021©Isadora DeLaVega


Lens Artist Photo Challenge – The Ordinay

This week our photo challenge is from guest host: I.J. Khanewala 

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Week 3 – Amy 

Week 4 – Tina 

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Banana Tree Costa Rica 2021©Isadora DeLaVega

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