Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sand Sculpture

Fort Myers Beach hosts a ten-day sand sculpture exhibition and competition every November.

Two sand sculptors added children's heads to their work.

That is a palm behind the woman on the right, not a crazy wig.

The castle was a popular prize winner.

Amazin' Walter built the castle.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Birthday!

Tyler was at the cash register in front of a wall of Happy Birthday balloons at Party Time.

Happy birthday to everyone having a birthday today.
(And especially daughter Susie.)

Monday, November 24, 2014


Arturo Samaniego is a Mexico-born figurative and abstract artist.
I photographed him in his Naples studio, in front of his gorgeous portrait of
the Chinese dissident artist, Al Weiwei.

To watch Arturo create this Weiwei painting, visit this time lapse video.
Even if you don't have 13 minutes to see the whole video, at least sample it.
You will be fascinated to watch him turn a blank canvas into fine art.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

LPGA at Tiburon

The best female golfers in the world have been in Naples this week for the year's last tournament.

Julieta Granada of Paraguay leads the field going into the last round today.

Morgan Pressel (Florida) is in second place.

And Michelle Wie (Hawaii) and Sandra Gal (Germany) are in contention.

Tiburon is a Greg Norman golf course.  It is part of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Emily James

Emily James has been an artist in Naples for many years.
Last month she opened her own gallery a few steps off Fifth Avenue South.
She is featured in the current issue of a local Naples glossy magazine.
I walked past while the doors were open and Emily was painting.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sundown at Wiggins Pass

 Someone who calls himself Doctor Beach rates the top ten American beaches every year.
My Naples home is two miles south of the #2 beach for 2014, Barefoot Beach, and
two miles north of the #10 beach, Delnor-Wiggins Pass Beach.
Here is Wiggins Pass at sundown.
Lucky me.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Josh Manring is a photographer, naturalist and author whose Naples gallery shows large format photographs from his travels.  So, what would you call your gallery if you were a
photographer who loves travel?  Journeyman Gallery, of course.

The top photo is from the second time I visited Josh.  The first time, Josh's gallery was closed and he was dressed scruffy, to catch up with stuff.  My camera rested on his glass table.
I liked that photo (below) EXCEPT that one of the pictures behind Josh was
glossy and reflected a car outside the gallery.  So, I came back.
This time he was dressed neatly but not as "artistically."

Would you have ignored the unwanted reflection and shown the bottom photo anyways?
Or would you have gone with the more conventional top photo?