Week 12 – #25 SOOC (Straight Out Of the Camera)

Taken at the Florida Botanical Garden in Largo, FL, here is one of the Christmas decorations from one of the Christmas trees back in the Wetlands Walkway area.

This was handheld, taken at 1/50 sec at f6.3, 134mm, iso 12800.

Week 24 – #4 Bright Idea

4 - Bright Idea
Solomon’s Castle is my entry for Bright Idea.  4 - Bright Idea -14 - Bright Idea - 2Evil Kornevil

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Howard Solomon is a self taught artist who works with recycled items to create his art.  He bought some land in 1972 with the idea of building a large one floor design for his art.  Unfortunately, when the rainy season came, he found that he was going to have to go up and not out.  Out of this came a castle, which is covered in old aluminum print plates.  This makes for a very reflective building, so it is best to visit when there are clouds.  Inside the castle is his home as well as the studio.  They conduct tours through the art explaining what things were used to create the art.  Howard does welding, and wood working along with a number of other crafts to create the whimsical art.

He also built a boat in a moat which is a restaurant and a lighthouse. And since the lighthouse was built he hasn’t lost a boat (its in a moat).

A bright idea to use old items, recycling them into art.

Week 23 – #23 Lamp posts

23 Lampposts

As I was starting to write this post, I realized that I was doing week 23 with item 23. I did not plan this, and with the Christmas ribbon on the post, I thought best to use this now, and not wait until Easter – though I could have changed the ribbon color…..  OK now with that revelation out of the way….

This lamppost is in the parking lot of Solomon’s castle which is located in Ona, FL.  I liked the wreath and ribbon dressing on the post which is what sold me on it for the theme.