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 […]
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?
The Green Gables house built by William Twining Wells in 1896, remodeled in 1901 to its current configuration, is located along the Indian River Lagoon in Melbourne, Florida. Damaged by the hurricanes of 2004, an attempt is being made to buy the house and restore it as an example of Melbourne’s early history. Let us hope the plan to save the house succeeds. All too often Florida’s history falls to the bulldozer without much thought and too few people caring. […]
The Port Canaveral Fourth of July celebration was held on Saturday, 2 July 2016, with music, food, and crafts for sale all centered around Exploration Tower. The fireworks display was fired off on the north side of the Port with viewing restricted to the south side or from a boat out on the water. Getting there early afforded a good waterside setup for photography plus watching the day come to a leisurely end. Two juvenile Green Sea Turtles kept the […]
Looking forward over the port wing toward the front of the Atlantis. The open payload bay door overhangs the wing. Atlantis is on display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.