View From 20-Feet High

I was finally able to use my newly-acquired – thanks Amazon points! – ridiculously and amusingly high 20-foot tall tripod at the Pelican Island Audubon Society Martha Wininger Reflection Park in Sebastian.  The resulting images are as much for a work project as to give the tripod a practical workout in the field beyond the few times I set it up in the backyard.  A wireless remote shutter release was used to take the pictures.

The area pictured was meant to be covered in houses but twenty years ago the students at the adjacent elementary school, fearing for the safety of the wildlife that lived on the property, especially Florida Scrub-Jays and Gopher Tortoises, initiated a campaign that received national attention to purchase the property and save it from development.  Note the shadow of part of the tripod and camera can be seen along the bottom of the image.

The students were successful in their campaign to raise money and purchase the property and their efforts were memorialized in a monument on the site that includes their handprints and names set in tile at the base.  The shadow of the top of the tripod and camera are visible again along the bottom of the image.

Twenty years on the property is still home to Scrub-Jays and Gopher Tortoises.  A small oasis of Florida Scrub set in the midst of urban Sebastian.  Pelican Island Elementary School can be seen adjoining the property at upper left.

Another view of the school and scrub.

The scrub and school, again.  The verdict about the tripod is that it is a lot of fun to use without being too unwieldy to transport or set up.  I can think of a lot of uses for it simply to give a new perspective without having to resort to using a drone, especially in areas where drones are illegal or dangerous to use.

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  1. Bob,

    I have been there, but did not know the story of the students.

    Wonderful story and should be used as an example of what young people can do.

    I got the Boy Scouts to shut down the dairy farm on the St. Sebastian River south fork.

    Kids need to know how powerful they can be.


    • Hi Grant: I am currently working on a video oral history of how the land was saved. Interviewing the students – now grown up – and the others who helped it along. Hope to have it done in the next few months.

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