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I picked up on Lucille, started singin’ blues…

B.B. King was one of the music legends featured at this year’s annual Sugar Sand Festival on Clearwater Beach, voted the best beach in the US this year – again. I welcome you to join me for this music themed art tour to discover some great works by sand sculptors from all over the world.

SSF CLW BeachThe skillfully sculpted exhibits featured artists from the 60s and 70s, like Jimi Hendrix…

SSF jimi Hendrix…and Janis Joplin, both with an impressive hair of soft sand.

SSF Janis JoplinSome wild rock bands, like Kiss, were also featured…

SSF Kiss…along with good ol’ bluegrass bands. Such an impressive detail. I could almost hear the banjo playing and feel the foot tapping on the sand.

SSF Bluegrass BandSome classics, like the Glenn Miller Band, were present too.

SSF Glen MillerAnd jazz of course, here represented by the phenomenal Louis Armstrong.

SSF Louis ArmstrongMy visit to this exhibition was just a couple of days after the death of Prince. A sculptor was at work to add him into the parade of musicians who had passed away recently…

SSF Prince…such as David Bowie, here portrayed as Ziggy Stardust.

SSWF David BowieI really liked this whimsical portrait of Bob Marley. It made me smile too.

SSF Bob Marley.jpgAnd I was intrigued by the fine representatives of the first musicians, the troubadours. They put their heart on their sleeve while serenading fine ladies. Sometimes with mixed success, I guess.

SSF TroubadourAll in all it was a very interesting exhibition of sand sculptures. I am full of admiration for the sculptors and how they are able to create something so delicate yet durable out of the sugar soft sand we have here.

You can find other responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge “Admiration” here.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid – Natural and Manmade (9 Images)

This week’s DP photo challenge is “vivid”. Nature offers many vivid scenes and creations, and man can create a few too…so I rummaged my photo archives and selected a few images that represent “vivid” to me.

First a few images presented by Mother Nature:

nanday parakeet portrait vivid
This feral Nanday Parakeet has vivid green feathers…
gulf sunset vivid
The Gulf offers vivid sunsets on most nights…
hibiscus  closeup vivid
And a vivid hibiscus flower beautifies the garden…
roseate spoonbill vivid
…talking about vivid, one cannot leave out the hot pink Spoonbill.

And then a couple of vivid pieces of art, obviously manmade:

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Vivid colors light up this sand sculpture…
fire horse at Dali Vivid
Everything about this “fire horse” at the Dali Museum is vivid…
…and to complement the art inside the museum, this vivid dolphin sculpture lights up its garden.

To close this post on a humorous note, I’d like to present an image that combines natural and (wo)manmade vividness. Perhaps a trending, new hairstyle for this summer?

art natural palm hair style vivid
A vivid new hairstyle by Ms. Palm.

You will find other responses to this challenge here.

I’ll be taking a short vacation in a place where I hope to get some interesting photos, but that also coincides with a musical performance of four very vivid old men. There’ll be a scheduled post around mid-week to update everyone on the latest developments around the salt marsh. And I’ll try to be online some mornings and evenings to visit your blogs, otherwise will be catching up next week.  Have a beautifully vivid week!

The Sky Is Falling. Thy Daily Folklore.

The annual Sugar Sand Festival at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach closes in a couple of hours. But if we walk fast, we can still make it!

Clearwater Beach at pier 60 Pier 60 Clearwater Beach This year’s theme is Sugar Sand Tales. Ten internationally renowned sand sculptors have created stunning scenes reminding us of our childhood’s fairytales.

sugar sand festival tent clearwater beach

Let’s enter this enchanted storyland housed in a massive 21,000 sqf tent, where our fantasy and great memories will be brought to life.

We made it out just in time for the fireworks! They too are like fairytales. Whimsical and inventive. See for yourself.

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And now that we are in a child-like mood, we can go home and watch the uplifting nature movie made right here, Dolphin Tale 2.

sugar sand festival clearwater beach

Thanks for joining me for a tour inside this timeless storybook made of sugar sand. May your week be magical.