A rare midweek holiday – July 4th – allowed me to pay an early morning visit to the Demonstration Garden at the University of Florida’s IFAS facility outside of Ft. Pierce in a quest to find insects and other small critters for my bug program currently in production. What I remembered as a beautiful walk through native plants and their habitats from a few years ago is now an overgrown morass of invasive exotics with native plants struggling to survive. […]
An almost 180-degree panorama taken from atop the observation tower overlooking the wetlands at the Indrio Savannahs. Although it is only mid-morning, the blazing temperature kept most of the wildlife out of sight and undercover and made the hike out and back one sweaty affair.
The boarded up antique shop, the last incarnation of this building from 1926, suffered some damage to its sign at some point. Most likely from the hurricane. Click here for a different view of this building.
Jack Kerouac’s fondness for the railroad led him to include many references to riding freight trains in his writings. One of his most poignant is the Beat prose poem October in the Railroad Earth. Whether working on the railroad or looking to hitch a ride, looking over the rail yards with the Fort Pierce skyline in the background evokes some of the wanderlust in Kerouac’s writings that stretched from small-town USA to cover the entire country.
With the constellation of Orion visible in the sky, the past weekend’s so-called “supermoon” illuminates the Indian River Lagoon and the slow moving clouds in this nighttime time exposure from the Fort Pierce waterfront looking southward.
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 […]