This building constructed in 1926 has undergone many unknown uses to finally end up as an antiques mall, at least in its most recent incarnation. Besides its pleasing if somewhat spooky architecture, its location atop a high and somewhat lonely point on the Florida Ridge north of Fort Pierce provides a commanding view of the area, especially eastward toward the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. Most likely the building’s best days are behind it given its current boarded […]
Orion the Hunter and other winter constellations rise in the east over the St. Johns River as seen from James G. Bourbeau Memorial Park in Brevard County. The St. Johns River at this location is a wide, marshy floodplain filled with sawgrass, alligators, and other wildlife. On the night I was there an airboat in the distance made its way slowly through the sawgrass marsh with bright lights being waved around the boat into the surrounding marsh in hunt of […]
One of my favorite pictures from recent photo shoots with the car headlights streaking by past the picturesque faux classical architecture of the center building, actually an Italian restaurant, the palms, the intersection, and all the other lights and buildings. This was taken in Eau Gallie, once an independent Florida town along the Indian River Lagoon but now the arts district for the City of Melbourne, Florida, which annexed the town years ago. Happily, the area has retained its historic […]
Well, I remembered that it is Sunday and that I promised to occasionally post a photo of a Florida church, but not necessarily its denomination, on Sundays to highlight the vast differences in architecture in use from one faith to the next. This particular church sits in a large, grassy field that doubles as its parking lot. A common feature of many smaller Florida churches. Its distance from the road and the empty field make the church look small, almost […]
Route 60 Westbound | Indian River County | Florida Not quite Winslow, Arizona, but this Florida town can be known for rolling up its sidewalks as soon as the Sun goes down. The trucks heading out of town a metaphor for escaping urban crankiness. Paradoxically, had breakfast once in Winslow on a bright and cold winter day in a large, empty cafe with dirty windows letting a yellowish light through. In connecting with the empty streets, the place had a […]
Fort Pierce Farms Schoolhouse | St. Lucie County | Florida Another image from the old schoolhouse photo shoot. That is Sam looking ghost-like in the time exposure. Click to see the previous schoolhouse image and to learn about its history.
Abandoned Packing House | St. Lucie County | Florida Passing always during daylight hours, the hope was the light out front would be working to capture the scene with its ambient lighting. Arriving at the abandoned citrus packing house at nighttime found it to be in total darkness. A spooky realization for such a dark and lonely stretch of road. Rather than some elaborate setup with off-axis flash units and tripods, etc., the idea sank in to leave there as […]
Grant Historical House | Grant | Florida From the historical marker: “Atley Bensen paid $1,200 for the precut yellow pine lumber which arrived by riverboat from Jacksonville in 1916, to build this house for his wife Clara Christensen. The Bensen brothers married the Christensen sisters, both pioneer families of Grant. Atley and Clara lived in the house with sons, Atley Jr. and Russell until they were school age, and then moved to Melbourne, where son Edward Hartman was born in […]
Cocoa Water Tower | Cocoa | Florida Looking like a many-legged alien overlooking the town, shades of The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, a Martian fighting machine, actually only the patriotic Cocoa water tower. Cars streak through the old downtown industrial area hurrying to get somewhere else. This aging section of town neglected and mournful in its loneliness. Just when do the Martians arrive?