Once again we joined the March for Democracy and for Women in Sarasota. Last year the crowd was estimated at over 3,000. This year I’ll wager that it grew to over 4,000 (I was counted at 3,015 as I crossed the Ringling Bridge and there was a huge crowd behind me and in the park.)
Even some kayakers took to the water in protest.
Last year’s march was one of anguish the day after the Trump inauguration and people were consoled to find so many others who felt the same. This year’s march felt different; it was energized. It focused on taking action in the form of resistance, voting, support for progressive candidates, and work to overturn Trump’s actions and agenda. People supported causes: DACA, immigration, Planned Parenthood, the environment, LGBTQ rights, the ACA, peace not nukes, the news media, and democracy in general.
Here are some photos that capture the vibe of resistance (and even the sense of humor of many of the demonstrators):
The Women’s March began at noon by the Unconditional Surrender statue at the Bayfront Park, and after songs and speeches, the march took us over the Ringling Causeway Bridge and back. There were people as far as the eye could see; clearly 1,000s upon 1,000s which says something for tiny Sarasota! It was orderly, peaceful, upbeat, and peppered with creative signs.
Our march was distinctively Sarasota: temps in the high 70s; breeze blowing over the bridge; bright sun and blue sky; lots and lots of traffic; a diverse group of people; and a festive atmosphere of friendship and unity.
Here are some photos that speak for themselves.
There are so many wonderful photographic opportunities throughout Sarasota, that I want to introduce you to something a bit different: a photo filter app named Prisma that works on Android and iOS phones.
The ‘Ca d’Zan (house of John) at the Ringling Museum
The upside is that the app is free, easy to use, and has 41 different filter effects (and endless possibilities because you can apply filter over filter.)
The downside is that it is addictive (but a great way to kill time in a waiting room or on hold for Comcast), the resolution is not great, and there are no descriptions for what the filters do–you just apply them and see the results.
So here are my originals with some of the filtered effects:
A pond and fountain at the Ringling:
The deck at the Bearded Clam Tiki Bar:
Lido Key Birds:
The Courtyard at the Ringling Museum, featuring the David:
And, I can’t resist, the artful Tibetan Terrier, Karma:
Have fun touring Sarasota and please share your own artistic works!