Water Tower | Fellsmere | Florida Dominating the center of historic Fellsmere along with the Fellsmere Public School building is the water tower with “Welcome to Fellsmere” written in big letters pointed toward the main road into town. Water towers of this design used to be iconic landmarks in towns across Florida. Newer tower designs, and water systems that don’t need a tower at all, are slowly pushing this old friend into the history books. See it in Fellsmere while […]
Fellsmere Public School | Fellsmere | Florida Dominating the landscape of Fellsmere, a small, rural, Florida town, the historic Fellsmere Public School building truly stands at the heart of the community, geographically and figuratively, with nothing around it to compete in size – except maybe the nearby water tower. The overpowering dark sky is intentional, making the building small to the passage of time and history. Excerpts from the historical marker in front of the building: The Fellsmere Public School, […]
Fort Pierce Farms Schoolhouse | St. Lucie County | Florida The Fort Pierce Farms Schoolhouse was built in 1915 and used into the 1940s for the area’s rural children. The building is still out in the middle of nowhere but civilization is slowly creeping up to it on all sides enforcing the incongruity of modern life unto yet another historic structure. If you visit the structure at night, those two lights on the building are the only illumination and they […]
Citrus Bowl | Vero Beach Senior High School | Florida The Citrus Bowl, the home of the Vero Beach High School Fighting Indians, seen late on a post-game Friday night. Many years ago, citrus was king in Indian River County. Now, it is more of a distant relative. The onetime importance of this particular fruit lent its name, rather opportune at the time and not without some humor, to the local football stadium. In keeping with the whole ambience, the […]
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.
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.
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.
Castle Industrial: Approach With Caution | redundant cement plant | Indian River County, Florida An eerie, industrial leftover along the railroad tracks. Quite immaculate in its retirement, like it is waiting for another chance at life.