My trip to Florida was a lot of fun and I surpassed my goal of 50 street shots.
I have not really had a chance to go through my pictures and most are still on my laptop, but when Jill here and Restless Jo here linked me for the B & W challenge – I decided to start my Florida sharing with the B & W challenge.
Here is my B & W photo for Day 1 of the 5 day challenge.
Looking up at a palm tree.
I played with some adjustments for this shot. I finally chose this one because of the sky – and I like the way the 4 windows in the center seem to work with the sky (in my mind at least).
The 5 day B & W challenge asks us to link another blogger each day – so for day #1, I am linking to Lia – who likely cannot do five in a row- but maybe she can do a single B & W post (or not).
Okay, so back to FL – my mother only sees her nephrologist a few times a year and while she was checking in – I meandered outside to take a picture of this long bench for Jude’s March challenge (here).
I turned around and this awesome fella showed up!
We had instant chemistry!
This is Mark Barker who is 89 years old and still going strong.
I asked if he was related to Bob Barker (he is not) and then we talked about how people “used” to ask me if I was related to Richard Pryor (I am not).
I showed Mark some photos I had on my phone and he said he liked the composition of my work. (very cool)
Then Mark was called in and his aide and I chatted briefly.
Roxanne told me that Mark Barker is aTV pioneer in FL. Mark helped bring media and television (some info here) to the city of Orlando many years ago –
Also, it turns out that Mark’s assistant is originally from Western New York – which is where I started off in this world too.
It all felt serendipitous!
Side note – Mark’s wife (only 72 yo) is currently struggling with Dementia – and so he had to move (give up his dog) and it has been a huge adjustment for him. This sad news made me even more excited about a documentary that is currently being made called “bread head” – check it out here:
Beyond the wooden bench and beneath the palm trees, I found some typical Florida foliage.
Also for Jude’s March challenge, I noticed that the Orlando airport has wooden benches everywhere. I caught a shadow in this shot.
When I looked over and saw “Wally” sitting on a wooden bench, I was not really looking for additional people shots; instead, what caught my eye was how he was using an ink pen.
Most people these days are on phones or using pads – so a good old fashioned ink pen was a nice sight.
Wally is with Ideawild (here), which is a nonprofit group that aims to conserve biodiversity.
Thank you Wally.
Thank you Mark.
Well that does it for my first Florida post and for post 1 for the B & W challenge.
Hope you have a great Tuesday!