The Beauty of Sarasota Florida

Photography by Gary Wonning

Located on the west coast of Florida, about an hour south of Tampa, Sarasota is a beautiful city. Aside from the white quartz crystal sandy beach, it has much beauty to offer. 

A view of the sunset behind sail boats and the John Ringling Bridge taken from Island Park near downtown Sarasota

 

The ever popular dolphin fountain in Island Park lit up by colorful lights at dusk.

 

A photographer taking advantage of the sunset behind Ringling Bridge.

 

Marina Jacks is  a popular restaurant/bar where you can have a sandwich or a complete meal. There are also lunch and dinner cruises available.

 

A view of downtown Sarasota from across Sarasota Bay.

 

The daylight version of the popular dolphin fountain.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Siesta Key; Sarasota Florida

 

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

Please click on the photos for additional photographs of the area.

Siesta Key Beach located on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico in Sarasota Florida is often referred to as the best beach in the United States.

With its crystal quartz white sand and two miles of pristine coastline, it isn’t hard to see why it has earned that distinction. Add to that the fact that Florida receives over three hundred days of sunshine yearly, and the temperature rarely dips below sixty and you have a formula for paradise. 

Siesta Key Beach

The beach seems to go along forever with puffy white clouds floating aimlessly above. 

Sea oats and other  sea life is frequently seen on the beach and shallow waters of the gulf.

An abandoned pier highlights the northern boundary of the beach, leaving one to wonder what came here before.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Saint Thomas: Charlotte-Amalie

 

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Saint Thomas U.S.V.I. is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean.

Charlotte-Amalie Harbor

It’s capital city and cruise port, Charlotte-Amalie is a bustling metropolis offering much to the cruise visitor.

Boats in the harbor

Home to Blackbeard’s Castle ands Fort Christian, is offers many sightseeing opportunities.

Cruise ship in port

Coral World and Magens Bay are just a short distance from there and can be covered with a local tour company.

The local cemetery is interesting, all the burials are above ground because of the possibility of flooding, as you can see, graffiti artists take advantage of the opportunity to show off their skills.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

St. John USVI

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

St. John is the smallest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, which are located in the Caribbean Sea.

Please click on the photos to see more beautiful photos of St. John

The economy of St. John is almost entirely dependent on tourism.

The island was a large producer of sugar cane until slavery was abolished. It then became economically impossible to grow sugar cane.

Cruz Bay, with a population of 2,700 is the largest settlement on St. John

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Puerto Rico San Juan

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city, sits on the island’s Atlantic coast.

A touch of American life, Chili’s sits on one of the main streets in Puerto Rico

If you’re looking for a beach escape with a vibrant city life, San Juan has it down to perfection.  San Juan is one of the most accessible and affordable beach escapes in the Caribbean. 

Unlike most city beach destinations, you will find the beaches of San Juan to be relaxed and uncrowded on weekdays. Enjoy miles of beaches with plenty of room to relax on the sand. 

Whether you like a trendy Miami style or a more casual scene, you can find a beach in San Juan to meet your needs.

In just a 3.5 hour flight from many cities in the US, you can find yourself laying under a palm tree enjoying the pleasures of a Caribbean island, with a vibrant culture, friendly hospitality and delicious food that Puerto Rico is known for.

Puerto Rico is home to many fine artists, some of who’s work is displayed in the outdoor public arena.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Michigan: New Baltimore

 

Located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair, New Baltimore is a quaint bedroom community located between  Detroit and Port Huron.

 

The lake front picnic shelter provides a convenient shelter for family outings.

Seen from the water, with the landmark water tower in the background, the community center grounds is an ideal setting for afternoon outings.

Unique Architecture

Some of the interesting architecture in town.

Grand Pacific House

The Grand Pacific House was a popular hotel in New Baltimore’s Golden Age.

 

A popular restaurant, Finns provides a complete menu for your dining pleasure.

Stoney Creek Metro Park provides a respite from the rigors of city life.

Michigan: Thomas Edison Grew Up In Port Huron

Thomas Edison, famous inventor grew up in Port Huron Michigan

He began selling newspapers on the train from Port Huron to Detriot at the ripe old age of twelve. Soon he had others working for him selling papers on the various trains leaving out of Port Huron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today that would be called child abuse. What an opportunity the kids of today miss by not learning proper work ethics at an early age.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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