April 24, 2016 – U.S. Olympic Rowing Finals and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Sunday Concert

This morning, we returned to the rowing venue to watch the finals of the single and dual scull which determined the rowers who will represent the United States in Rio this summer.

US Olympic Rowing Finals - Signage, Nathan Benderson Park, Sarasota. FL - 2016-04-24First up were the men’s and women’s Paralympics single sculls.  Unlike the other racers, these incredible athletes who do not have the use of their legs are strapped into a back brace and row the 1,000 meter course using only their upper body strength!

Men's Para Single Scull (a), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Men's Para Single Scull (b), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Men's Para Single Scull (c), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Men's Para Single Scull (d), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24

Women's Para Single Scull (a), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Women's Para Single Scull (b), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Women's Para Single Scull (c), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24The total exhaustion on all of the rowers’ faces are indicative of how much energy is required to compete in this event!  The balance of the races were over a 2,000 meter course.

Next came the men’s and women’s singles …

Men's Single Scull (a), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Men's Single Scull (b), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24

Women's Single Scull (b), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Women's Single Scull (c), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24then the double sculls …

Men's Double Scull (b), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Men's Double Scull (c), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Men's Double Scull (d), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24
Women's Double Scull (a), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Women's Double Scull (b), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24 Women's Double Scull (c), US Olympic Finals, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24

and the lightweight dual sculls (in which the rowers could not weight more than 160 lbs.).

 

After lunch, Ken, Cheryl, Debbie and I

2016-04-24 - Ken, Cheryl and Debbie at Shelby Botaincal Gardens Sunday Concert, Sarasota, FLWent to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardensfor an afternoon of light jazz.

Concert 1 Concert 2Although we’ve been here on several occasions in the past, I never tire of photographing the interesting and beautiful flora.

Monkey Tree Flowers

Mousetrap Tree, Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24Giant Crinium Lily

Giant Crinium Lily, Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24Desert Roses in Bloom

Desert Rose Cactus, Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24Orange Blossomed Butterfly Bush

Butterfly Tree, Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24Shaving Brush Tree Blossom

Shaving Brush Tree, Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24As well as a large Koy pond.

Koy, Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, FL - 2016-04-24

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