An Afternoon at the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida, 2012.

Yesterday I spent the entire day on the ocean, the day before yesterday I spent the entire day helping my buddy fix his boat so we could spend yesterday on the ocean, so… today I decided to take in some culture.  I don’t know what it is about me and art museums, but they make me feel good!  I know that’s an over simplification but there has always been something I really love about art museums.  As a young boy I always loved my class trips to the Cleveland Art Museum.  I guess I love a feast for the eyes, whether it’s a snow covered mountain range, a crystal clear stream, a european gothic church or a beautiful painting… I just love to look!  Looking at artwork, be it manmade or nature, provides an escape from the worries and troubles that we all experience.  Today I feasted my eyes upon the incredible works of art at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.  Yes, you guessed it…. the same name of circus fame, the Ringling Brother’s Family!  What an incredible place!  At first is almost seems like a contrast in the making.  A Museum of Circus History and wonderful works of art from all over the world in one place but then again, the circus is preforming art.  Today, the 20 acres of waterfront property purchased in 1911 by John Ringling and his wife Mable include an art museum, the Ca’d Zan Mansion, a circus museum, grounds and gardens and the historic Asolo Theater.  The courtyard of the Art Museum is truly incredible, beautifully landscaped and filled with numerous bronze statues.  I spent about 4 hours wandering the various museums and grounds, not really enough time to see everything but good for a first visit!

Above, whenever I think of the circus, I always think of the lion tamer!
Below, the human cannonball truck, what kid doesn’t want to do that?

Below, a bronze statue sits in front of a banyan tree on the grounds of the Ringling Museum of Art.

Above and Below, side and back views of the Ca’d’zan (House of John) next to the ocean.  It’s amazing what a sizable fortune John Ringling amassed by selling 10 cent tickets to see lion tamers and bearded women!

The 6 pictures below are from the courtyard of the Art Museum.  Non-flash photography is allowed inside of the permanent works of art but with all the people and limited space to take pictures, I couldn’t really have done the art justice so I stuck to taking pictures outdoors!

Below, a small crane posed on a bridge handrail long enough for me to snap his picture while exiting the museum!

  

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I am an adventure-loving American man, with a severe case of wander-lust and a desire to experience as much of this wonderful world as humanly possible. Every place I have visited or lived has taught me something about life and helped me grow. For me, traveling opens my eyes to how similar the human race is, yet at the same time, how unique we all are. I hope this blog will motivate you to put down the TV remote, dust off your backpack and decide to take a chance on an adventure. It can be a walk in a new neighborhood 2 miles from home or a trip to a far off distant land. I have lived in or visited over 50 countries during my life and hope to see many more. I want to share my experiences. I hope you enjoy the blog. -WAND3R3R, Somewhere on the Globe, 2014.