This week’s photo challenge asks us to share a local monument. While this might mean stone-based statuary in older parts of the world, in newly developed spots like Vero Beach, it means fiberglass!!
In 2005,the Mental Health Association of Indian River County used 52 eye-popping turtle sculptures to raise awareness and money for mental health services. Known locally as Turtle Trax, this public art project symbolized people coming out of their shells to seek help. Each sculpture stands 6′ tall x 5′ wide, depicting a sea turtle with fins outstretched, as if peacefully gliding through water.
The 9′ tall Patriot has been corralled at the park since 1960. ;) In 2009, Perfection Paint and Auto Body donated their time and materials to restore and repaint this midcentury monument. You can read more about their extensive project, by clicking here.
Before I close, I’m excited to tell you my oldest son is visiting through Easter Sunday!
I may not post much this week, but will definitely check in on all of you. :)
“Joy in one’s heart and laughter on one’s lips is a sign that person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” –Hugh Sidey, Journalist
I ran across the above quote awhile back, and it came to mind as I was uploading the last few pics from Jack’s vacation week.
The return of Florida’s iconic sunshine allowed us to spend his final 3 days beachside, with plenty of time for laughs and conversation.
If there’s a plus side to geographic separation from family, it may be the startling awareness of growth you notice when reunited. In early childhood, visitors exclaim “look how BIG you’ve gotten!” and I found myself thinking the same of Jack, not physically of course (although he is GIGANTIC ;) ) but emotionally and–for lack of a better word–spiritually.
In the annals of Jack’s life, 2013 will be recorded as his first big “setback year” :arrow: sooner or later it happens to all of us, and how we react (and cope) determines much of what comes next. From my vantage of time and distance, I was thrilled to note big changes in self awareness, sensitivity, and character since his visit last May. His sense of humor is as irreverent as ever, and deep down he has a pretty good grasp of life.
Vero Beach is home to the Greenway, a 3mi. nature trail that loops through oak forests and wetlands alongside the Indian River Lagoon. While walking there Sunday, I photo-graphed an oak log totally covered in mushroom-like growths. When I got home, I ran straight to Google :arrow: turns out I’d seen Trametes versicolor, a polypore (bracket fungus) seen mostly on sick or decaying hardwood trees. In the next photo, you’ll see why this fungi’s fruiting body is commonly called “Turkey Tail:” T. versicolor’s banding pattern resembles the tail of a strutting turkey! Most are dark to light brown, alternating with light colored bands of white to tan, with still more bands of blue, gray, orange or maroon. They can be strikingly beautiful, and are among the fungi most easily observed in the wild. Unlike their mushroom “cousins” that disappear quickly, Turkey Tails are leathery and long-lived, with some shelves lasting an entire year.
Living near the ocean as I do, my cell-cam is full of shots featuring birds and beach-goers against horizons of surf and sand. I swiped through the lot of them for this week’s challenge and decided most were repetitive, boring and–for lack of a better word–flat. Not so, this one: I love everything about these old friends gazing at the horizon.
(Note: For better visual impact, click on the photos to enlarge them! try it! )
I’m partial to these next images because they draw the eye to a midpoint on the horizon. First you notice the queen palm, and then the sliver of beach where sky meets land at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.
A beautiful sky over the road to Key West: adventure pulls us toward the horizon.