Tuesday, March 31, 2009


MAR312009, originally uploaded by colemama.

These CDs show off their colors...making a definite statement - an attitude much different than the dull surface on the opposite side.

Like a young man and his family who are bravely facing the treatment of leukemia, attitude makes a big difference! Orienting one's thoughts and emotions toward a positive light offers that complex mental state that can truly impact 'mind over matter'. Finding others from whom to garner support and synergize with is a natural supplement to complete the circle. And with the close communities in today's social networking, we are easily connected beyond the traditional strength of family and friends. Thinking about you and your family, Chase! Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Monday, March 30, 2009


MAR302009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Leaving the school parking lot this afternoon, this scene interested me...enough to pull out the camera! Uploading it in its raw form, though, I found an apathy I'd not anticipated - as dotlizard would say, "I got nothing." And like her "nothings" that are really 'somethings waiting to be discovered', I proceeded to edit my quick capture. Though this photo anticipates questions and thematic concepts, the whole issue of editing comes to the forefront.

Accepting the value of editing is often a tough first step as many expect their first attempt to be good, if not great. Remember that first high school research paper with the emphasis on drafts? Or do you play sports and utilize a fair amount of time in practice to better your skills? How about working on a presentation - do you ever end up with what you started? Chances are your successful ventures involved the process of editing - altering, modifying, enhancing, and/or refining. And when you think about it - isn't this process of editing just as important as that of planning and enacting? Seeing the 'something' often involves the under-emphasized and likely, misunderstood process of editing. Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Sunday, March 29, 2009


MAR292009, originally uploaded by colemama.

A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. ~Walt Whitman

Simple, fragile, devoid of philosophy and conflict, it celebrates the glorious birth of each new day. Amidst the sand and wispy grasses, this morning glory beckons celebration and optimism! How can such a thing of beauty survive in such harsh conditions? It must find nurturing in unexpected places! Such is the nature in us all! 4th Ave N & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL

Saturday, March 28, 2009


MAR282009, originally uploaded by colemama.

At it's peak in full bloom, this signature tree is absolutely intoxicating - sorry that the sky was overcast and not the usual clear, crisp blue...but in addition to the sunshine yellow blossoms, the gnarled and snake-like growth of the branches is evident. I so love the uniqueness of this tree - one other quirk is that all or most of the leaves drop to allow for the bloom and once the flowers are spent, brand new silvery green leaves dress the branches again. Alas, the 'yellow' is only an annual event - thus my enthusiastic picture-taking (see more via photostream)! The yellow tabebuia stands as a great reminder of each and every one of our individual and special traits! West Blvd @ Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay, Naples, FL

Friday, March 27, 2009


MAR272009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Distraction from the wait at a long traffic light is always of added value when it fits the bill for something to brighten the end of another work week - this pair of 'birds' did the trick! Colorful and uplifting, these flowers appear to represent the antidote to anything negative - nature's beauty at its best...and a fine reward for my searching eye! Davis Blvd & US 41 E, Naples, FL

Thursday, March 26, 2009


MAR262009, originally uploaded by colemama.

This impressive staghorn fern is surviving, but not thriving due to the drought conditions, which not only impact the water it needs, but also the surrounding trees that should provide partial, dappled sunlight instead of full sun. Some don't appreciate their beauty, but the staghorn is definitely grand and unusual, growing sans soil and reproducing via spores. Will check back after the summer rains and capture it in its full glory! 6th Street and 2nd Ave N, Naples, FL

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


MAR252009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Gorgeous day, though a bit warm...thought I'd check out the beach on the way home for a possible photo or two. I thought my focal point was on the beach umbrella, but the glare was so bad, I couldn't see the LCD screen well, but snapped it anyway. Obviously I was wrong, focusing instead on the sea oats! But, I like the blurred foreground greenery and the fuzzy sunbathers, beach chairs and umbrellas - it is a new perspective. Challenging the range of the eye (and the mind) to stretch beyond the usual level of comfort offers many rewards...2nd Ave N & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


MAR242009, originally uploaded by colemama.

You'll need to go to Large or even Original size to read all of these - Pick a favorite and add a note if you'd like! Mine is "Mistakes are the portholes of discovery." Figure this can't really get any more 'stickered'! :)

I find it interesting that the owner is willing to wear their heart so openly and boldly - not that there's anything very controversial here, but to do so cries for attention? confidence? uniqueness? foolishness? or at the very least an unlikely candidate for a 'trade-in'! Hooray for them - it's certainly one to watch...though I could see a near miss on the road while trying to read all of the stickers! :) Pine Ridge Rd & US 41 E, Naples, FL

Monday, March 23, 2009


MAR232009, originally uploaded by colemama.

At the height of season and the 'free' things are at a premium! Well, nothing is really free - there's always some price to pay, whether it be tangible or not. Sometimes we don't consider the entire 'give and take' process, but the greed of many can heavily impact more than a few. Thus, it was with a sigh of relief to hear that many of the AIG bonus recipients were doing the right thing in returning those misdirected monies. The cost of that fiasco is now $50 billion less - of course, that is a small token relative to the total, but still every little bit counts! Golden Gate Parkway & US 41 E., Naples, FL

Sunday, March 22, 2009


MAR222009, originally uploaded by colemama.

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.” ~ Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

Setting realistic and measurable goals is usually an important prelude for success, though not a guarantee. Inferred in those operational adjectives is that there will be step-by-step benchmarks, which will provide intermediaries of not only quests, but also achievements. It's like eating an elephant, take one bite at a time! Scaffolding lessons for students is no different and helps learning evolve in reasonable amounts. 4th Ave N & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL

Saturday, March 21, 2009


MAR212009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Adjacent to the Neighborhood Health Clinic, where I volunteer, is a new preschool, appropriately named Fun Time. Since it is Saturday, the preschool is closed, but the young readers on the park bench continue to explore, share, and reflect in the entryway. Frozen in time, they exemplify the ongoing, ubiquitous intensity, innocence and joy that lifelong learning advocates. Imagine the freshness and innate curiosity that this pair possess - we can all grab that back again - it's just a matter of perspective!

I need to go back and get the sculptor's name - I believe s/he has a number of them displayed in town...and yes, the piece allows enough room for others to sit on the park bench with them - a very friendly and interactive invitation! Fun Time Preschool, Naples, FL

Friday, March 20, 2009


Mar202009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Exposed ceilings are a popular industrial style of architecture, but we are trying it for our new career center buildings at the Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology. The construction process has yet to be completed, but this photograph shows a potential first look! There is a definite 'nakedness' to this view - revealing usually hidden structures, assemblies, and infrastructure, but it also offers a fascinating landscape for lines, angles, shapes, and could keep some wondering how and why for many an hour! Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Mar192009, originally uploaded by colemama.

This was not meant to be the photo of the day - but I'm captivated by it for some reason...is it the unexpected shot? the vibrancy of the colors? the framing of the branches? the blur and focus? the shade and sunlight? or is it just the representation of joy and rebirth that is so often reflected in the season of spring? No matter - it is Friday eve, the onset of March Madness and all is well in my world... 2nd Ave N & 6th St, Naples, FL

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Mar182009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Identity crisis - is it a door or is it a window? Reflecting on a Sheriff's Office presentation about gang activity and thinking about our students as they develop into young men and women - some have such difficulty in growing into the role and responsibilities of adolescence and adulthood. Knowing who you are and believing in yourself, having strong values, and affiliating with other significant people are all strong foundational pieces towards meeting those goals. We all strive for those basic needs and for belonging and acceptance - do we suffer from an identity crisis? 2nd Ave N & 4th St, Naples, FL

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


MAR172009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Games, puzzles and brainteasers occupy a bit of landscape on my desk - they entice even the most reticent student to challenge themselves. Opportunities to stretch thinking, to have hands-on problem solving and to collaborate with others (or to compete with themselves!) are popular amongst our teenagers. Many of them get so entranced with the task that they 'lose' their entire lunch time. For me, it is such a joy to watch them so engaged - there's so much more we need to be doing to prepare our students for their futures....Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Monday, March 16, 2009


MAR162009, originally uploaded by colemama.

"Pardon the Dust" continues on our campus...the process is, of course, temporary - but because it is in three phases, it feels like it has gone on for a lifetime! Unlike the educational system where the results of learning are multidimensional (though some think standardized testing is 'the' answer) and somewhat elusive, the tangible end products of construction can be seen and touched (oh, and did I forget smelled and heard?!!?) on a regular basis. The building blocks will give way to the completion of Phase 2 in July...and then there's Phase 3. Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Sunday, March 15, 2009


MAR152009, originally uploaded by colemama.

What a beautiful sunrise this morning - a great start to the day! Have you ever thought about how this one captured moment will never be entirely duplicated? Perhaps, replicated to a degree, but not exactly the same moment in time! It helps keep me grounded...and recognizing the importance of living your passion, whatever it might be! Naples Beach and Golf Club, Naples, FL

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Moonset Framed in Palms, originally uploaded by colemama.

Walking to the Farmer's Market by way of the beach, I noticed how beautiful the moon was this morning and I was able to get a fairly good capture of this awesome orb. Though I shot some pretty interesting scenes this morning, including a live starfish (fairly rare), the frond hat maker at the Farmer's Market, the Palm Cottage weathervane, and the usual 'suspects' (birds!), I kept coming back to this photo of the moon setting as my choice for today's photo...not only because of its significant influence over our world (from tides to exploration to lunacy?), but because of its cyclical nature. Cycles tend to play a large role in life, whether it be the stock market, the ups and downs of happenings, the seasons, and the ever present beginning and end of life - sometimes predictable, sometimes not - it is still a good reminder in viewing the moon that much tends to run in cycles. 4th Ave N & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL

Friday, March 13, 2009


MAR132009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Relying on Photoshop exploration to help me out of a bad photo day includes an unhealthy dependence, but also allows for new learning - just can't get out of filtering options when I get in there! I especially love how it masks the flaws of the original image, especially when it comes to blurred and less than crisp shots. It really does take on a life of its own....and becomes a unique creation! Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Thursday, March 12, 2009


MAR122009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Though Oakes Farms does sell a few varieties of cut herbs, they believe that people would benefit from herbs freshly harvested from their own garden pots! As evidenced here, there are many choices. The 'old' standbys of basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary and tarragon sit side by side with pineapple sage, cinnamon basil and many other unique ones - time for exploration and discovery! The sights and smells are difficult to pass by, but stand as an open invitation for culinary delights! Davis Blvd & Brookside Rd, Naples, FL

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


MAR112009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Ok - finally gave in to a recent craving (though I did get my dental cleaning appointment checked off first)! Such a little thing, but it is indicative of self-discipline and/or the lack thereof. As I continue to explore my own limitations and rewards of this trait, I recognize the empowerment it can bring. Reaching almost any goal requires that one exercise self-discipline and the positive reinforcement from goal attainment can put forward motion toward additional success. Alas, self-discipline can't be bought or traded...it comes from within! It, too, becomes more habitual with practice and exercise...Naples, FL

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


MAR102009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Reading and pondering a Google Doc multimedia project, this sophomore shows a reflective quality. One wonders exactly what she is thinking about! One thing is for sure, these students gravitated towards this online tool like a 'fish to water.' Technology and networking connections are very much transparent to them - it is their world! Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Monday, March 9, 2009


MAR092009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Rarely without a tennis ball or other toy, Phoenix shows 'dogged' determination! Not sure whether he thinks the goal is to break the ball or not, but he is always so focused and motivated when in his 'chewing mantra'! Now, how can we find the 'tennis balls' of excitement for our students? When can we rivet our learners so that little else around them matters? Naples, FL

Sunday, March 8, 2009


MAR082009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Just a random shot of the shoreline brings diversity of size, shape, color and texture - there's obvious old and relatively new, there's whole and fragments, and there's a glimpse into an unseen world beneath the gulf waters. There's new discovery every day - in our environment, our relationships, in our creations, and even within ourselves - if only we expose ourselves to the opportunities! Carpe diem - seize the day! 5th Ave N & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL

Saturday, March 7, 2009


MAR072009, originally uploaded by colemama.

This mighty pine tree has held its own against wicked hurricane strength winds, though it did lose some limbs. The remaining dead branches twist and turn in an effort to establish their presence and ultimately add a lot of character to the other needled appendages. Though not reflected in this image, they also serve as a nice lookout for birds...So, form and function remain, for now at least! Naples, FL

Friday, March 6, 2009


MAR062009, originally uploaded by colemama.

This rusty old compressor continues to chug along, but it is scheduled to be replaced when the construction project ends in another six months or so. Although its appearance is less than desirable, all the parts are working and its defined purpose is accomplished every day...which, of course, got me to thinking about how that correlates with education and learning.

The focus on high stakes testing has diluted the purpose of education - the pressure and narrow mindedness is in direct conflict with reflection, discourse, and inquiry...vital components for learning. Thus, I wonder if the 'essential question', i.e., the purpose/goal of education and learning is misunderstood? How can we work towards a goal if there is no guiding light ...or if the guiding light is misdirected? And, without that foundation, can all of the integral parts be working and/or working to capacity? No matter your view, these questions are worth pondering as all of our futures depend on our investment in the education of our present! Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Thursday, March 5, 2009


MAR052009, originally uploaded by colemama.

What a pleasure to find such a beautiful old subject for today's photo - In celebration of my mother's birthday, too! Though she actually has fourteen more years on this Buick, her condition is just as bright and shiny - if not more so! In this world of new consumer products and infrastructure, it is always a treasure to find respect and honor for those that came before us! It also makes me wonder what our future's children will think about us in 2009!

I realized when taking this photo that I took it the year before for last year's 366 photo challenge - it obviously is a tried and true 'eye-catcher' for me (at least a different angle and the reflections are pretty amazing)! Naples Depot, Naples, FL

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


MAR042009, originally uploaded by colemama.

What a nice 'wake-up' sight to view on the drive into work this morning! I love when my commute coincides with the sunrise - helps to set a positive attitude for the day, too! Thankfully, the daily birth allows us the focal point of the present while giving a respectful nod to the past and a hope for the future! Lorenzo Walker campus, Naples, FL

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


MAR032009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Ever think about how much transportation services 'drives' the school district? Not just in the sense of budgetary considerations, but how about school start times! We've lost our sensibilities when the big yellow vehicles determine that high school students start their education at 7:15am in the morning, when most teenagers are still in the sleep zone! When did we allow learning to take a back seat to the bus schedule? How did education become so devalued that little consideration is made for primary elements of learning? Never mind - when you consider the emphasis on 'high stakes' testing results, the lack of knowledge is revealed! Central Ave & 8th St S, Naples, FL

Monday, March 2, 2009


MAR022009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Though spring here doesn't have the same meaning as those places with four distinct seasons, the flowering trees mark the beginning of this subtle shift in southwest Florida. The first to bloom is the yellow tabebuia - and its one of my favorites, so you can expect more shots as they burst into full radiance. The period of renewal and growth is often hampered by obstacles and detractors - confused weather patterns and time changes to name a few - but it always manages to survive, offering optimism and reassurance. Something about this seasonal change even lifts the human spirit! Naples, FL

Sunday, March 1, 2009


MAR012009, originally uploaded by colemama.

Watching the royal terns (also known as skimmers) fly is a wondrous sight. Though this flock lacks the precision of a rehearsed drill team, there is a certain synchronicity - a simplistic freedom evoked with the power to soar over the surface of the gulf waters. Some days have the same feel - those times when there is little or nothing on the proverbial 'to do' list. 5th Ave N & Gulf of Mexico, Naples, FL