Florida Requiem | B/W Negative Archive Half expecting Vincent Price to walk out of the crypt, it all looked so much like a movie set, this old, hidden, Florida cemetery where grief and eternity meet decorated by the sorrowful statue, the photo of the deceased, a few despondent branches reaching for life from the stump of the old oak tree, the gate. Depressing and glorious at the same time.
Ybor City | B/W Negative Archive Guavaween aftermath from a distant point along the space-time continuum. Years ago it took real work, especially late at night, to lug a big, bulky camera around to get photos like this. Prosit!
Somewhere in Florida | From the B/W negative archive Waiting for the singer, the band and the audience, the microphone expectant. At a concert in an old theater in Ybor City, the bouncers patrolled the room cracking down on smokers due to the fire hazard. The bouncers pounced on me for a moment mistaking in the dark from a distance the red light on the flash attachment as a lit cigarette. Sometimes, like this image, ambient light is best.
Art Gallery | Vero Beach | Florida Former auto parts store turned art gallery shines at night along the empty streets at the edge of the old downtown. Down the road, a beer bottle hurled from a passing car shatters the stillness with a distinctive tumult of sound. After that, silence, with only the art as witness.
With very distinctive stripes, a Monarch butterfly larva gorges on milkweed in the final days before forming a chrysalis to begin the metamorphosis into a butterfly. Seen in the butterfly garden at Audubon House at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area.
Pink Flamingos | Indian River County | Florida Distinctly pink avifauna that survived Hurricane Irma find a night roost under the sea grapes. These Pink Flamingos are very habitat specific and thrive in a a well landscaped environment although their presence may alarm the fastidious. The bird’s rugged tackiness and artificial plasticity have expanded the bird’s range far beyond Florida yards. Conservation threat: none – except from angry neighbors.
Billiards | Tampa-St. Petersburg | Florida A photo dug up from the darkroom archives while waiting for Hurricane Irma to pass. Looking at this photo conjures the smell of the darkroom chemicals, the elaborate laboratory like procedures to develop the film and then print from the negative, the hulking industrial enlarger, the red lights, all the time and effort it took. As for taking the photo, loud music blasting through the stink of stale beer and cigarette smoke. Two opposing […]
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the OTV-5 mission into orbit for the U.S. Air Force at 10:00 a.m. on 7 September 2017 from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. About eight minutes after launch, the Falcon 9 first stage successfully landed at Landing Zone 1 at the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This is the fifth flight of the Boeing X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV), a small, winged, reusable spacecraft that looks like a tiny version of […]
Night Laundromat | Indian River County | Florida As bizarre as it sounds, it took over a month to get this photo of the deserted laundromat at night. You would be surprised as how many people do laundry at 3 or 4 in the morning, which to me sounds like the time it would have been sans launderers, but to no avail. So it would not be time of night that found the popular place empty, but luck. Late this […]
Club Chiroptera | Indian River County | Florida Every time I pass this old, mouldering, boarded-up building, especially at night, I imagine what a great place this would be for a vampire to live. It certainly looks spooky enough and with just the right amount of aesthetic charm to please the discerning undead.