Yesterday, I started out on my walk with my camera to take my usual pictures of the higher parts buildings against the beautiful sky color and puffy clouds.
The light was perfect, the clouds puffy, on cue.
I can't resist the urge to take reflection photos in any large gorgeous, glass office building.
The rain was forecast to arrive by late afternoon so I had plenty of time to wander around the city.
Although, St. Petersburg has a beautiful sky line it's not that large, one of the things I love about it.
Seeing an interesting door down a side street I switched photo snapping gears and got this beautiful shot. I love the details in and around the arch.
I've been trying to come up with some different photo challenges for myself. Taking pictures of things that I normally don't feel comfortable taking or frankly seldom think about taking. Yesterday, I decided to take pictures of signs and then isolate the numbers and letters out of them to spell things. Something, you often see on photo canvases in gift shops.
That occupied me for a couple of blocks.
Some blocks gave me unlimited amount of signs to photograph.
I can't tell you how happy John is that digital was invented and he doesn't have to pay for rolls and rolls of film.
I found myself early for the Morean Glass Studio or the Holocaust Museum. Although, I did stand at the entrance of the Holocaust and feel the same sharp, painful energy that I felt at the Washington, D.C. building.
I wandered into the Florida Craftart Gallery and was instantly overwhelmed with the talent of the artists and their work displayed there.
Ok, these are just fun. But, if you have a pair of shoes that you want the artist to commemorate she is happy to do it for you for an agreed upon price.
There is a lot of detailed beading work going on here.
Some more interesting pieces of artwork. I found myself spending a lot of time in the shop looking at how things were made, appreciating the time, energy and talent that went into everything.
In the room next door was an exhibit of Voodoo Art. Incredible beaded pieces of artwork made by entire families.
The dolls are Mixed Media, made wood and found objects. Really interesting to see close up.
There are no cheap stick a pin in it dolls in this exhibit. These are beautiful works of art meticulously worked on by individuals and family members. A beautiful collection and I'm so glad I got an unexpected chance to see it.
I checked out the other side of the building, hoping that some artists would be in residence working in their studios but nobody was home.
All in all a good morning. I walked back to the Vinoy a different route. Found some great outdoor sculpture to entertain me.