By Robert Stanhope
If my math is correct, I traveled to 20 states in 2022. Most of the travel was in a car. As I was sorting the 1000+ photographs taken this year, I decided to share some of my favorites, one from each month. Enjoy!
Heron's Nest Nature Park, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Sarasota Cityscape, Sarasota, Florida
On a sandbar in the intercoastal waters near Anna Maria Island, Florida
Mystery Musician, Bradenton, Florida
Sunset at Siesta Key, Florida
Loggerhead turtle release on Anna Maria Island, Florida
From home, a gorgeous sky at sunset.
Somewhere in South Dakota
A morning walk at Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida.
Wall decor in Austin, Texas
Car show in Sarasota, Florida
Reserved for live music.
I arrived at Siesta Key beach before sunrise. With just a hint of light as I stood in the soft white sand, I was inspired. The beach had been beautifully groomed during the overnight hours. I reached down to grab a handful of sand. The grain of the sand inspired me to bring grain to the photography of the day. The slideshow is of Siesta Key and Sarasota. Enjoy!
I photographed The Swan wedding a couple of weeks ago. The wedding was held at the beautiful Oaks at Devonshire in Arcadia, Florida. A native Florida landscape of live oaks provides a wonderful background to mix and match photos in black & white, spot color, and full color. It was my honor to capture the scenes of their big day and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.
These photographs are from my first visit to Hardee Lakes County Park in Bowling Green, Florida. I feel it's a hidden gem for the naturist and for landscape photographers. I only explored about half of the grounds, leaving me an opportunity to return. Enjoy!
The Bradenton Riverwalk offers a variety of views and sights along the Manatee River. There's plenty of room to walk, run, and ride a bicycle. These photographs are a small sample of what you'll see along a 1.5-mile walking route.
One of my landscape photographs, 'Around the Bend', has been published in Cadence 2020 on page ninety-eight. Cadence is the annual anthology published by the Florida State Poets Association. The photo was taken at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. Copies can be purchased through Amazon.
On my first visit to the John Chestnut Senior Park in Palm Harbor, Florida, I was quite fortunate to capture the scene of a couple of Nature's Lovers, plus one of Earth's oldest creatures.
Photo location: John Chestnut Senior Park
Each time I visit this preserve, I try to view it from a different perspective. With each head turn, squat, and lighting change, this preserve takes on a new appeal, like an ever-changing chameleon. While I'n sharing a mix of color and black & white images, black and white was screaming! That's not a shocker to those of you that have been following along. Nature preserves, like Perico, are best shown in a simplified image. The textures and shadows enhance the story.
Industrial isn't typically my style, but black & white is my favorite. I captured this scene in Apollo Beach, Florida while visiting the area to document the migration of manatees to warm waters generated by this power station. I won Photo of the Day from Florida Center for Creative Photography for this image on November 29, 2018.