David Levy Yulee – 1856 Fernandina

U.S. Senator David L. Yulee was instrumental in bringing the first railroad to Fernandina, Amelia Island – Florida. That railroad still operates today.

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Mr. Yulee waiting for his train.

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For the most part, these tracks follow the same path that they did back in 1856.

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Downtown Fernandina Beach as it looks today – Fernandina’s history closely follows the success of the railroad (or lack of it) to its present day look.

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Statue of David L. Yulee

Although Senator Yulee is credited with many great accomplishments during the mid to late 19th century he remains a troubling figure. He gave up his seat in Congress when the Civil War broke out and his famous railroad was built on the backs of slaves. The Union Army took out most of his rolling stock on the west coast of Florida and even fired at Yulee’s train as it left Fernandina for the last time during the early stages of the war. The town of Yulee, Florida (nearby) is named for him as is Levy County, Florida.

Mr. Yulee was a prisoner held at Fort Pulaski (near Savannah, Georgia) for about 9 months following the war in 1865 – more than likely because of his support for the Confederacy .

Hybrid Camera: Fujifilm X-A10 with Canon FD 24mm f2.8 lens

Thanks for your visit!

Chris

Jacksonville’s Monorail!?

Officially known as the Skyway. First opened in 1989 and overhauled in 1997 – located in downtown Jacksonville (Florida). It serves a limited area from near Florida State College at Jacksonville to the convention center and crosses the St. Johns River along the Acosta Bridge to the Southbank. ¬†Also known by a handful of “colorful” local names, it is Jacksonville’s attempt at an automated people mover.

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Running north just under the elevated tracks.

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Headed north to the Rosa Parks Transit Station.

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At the Rosa Parks Transit Station.

It was free to ride courtesy of the Jacksonville Transit Authority for a time while they worked on a plan for payment. Ridership jumped nearly 61% as one would imagine! Estimates are as many as 5,000 people ride it everyday.

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

St. Augustine Florida Lighthouse

The day I choose to visit the lighthouse was terrible – Florida wise. Mid September, crazy hot, oppressively humid and not a hint of a seabreeze. Oh and the sun was obscured by clouds all day. So with that said, it wasn’t a great photo opportunity for shooting with film. The few usable images came via my cameraphone and Sony Cyber-shot.

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Looking east towards the Atlantic Ocean.

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Optimistic that I would be able to get some good shots with my Canon A-1.

Overall the lighthouse is worth your time to visit, just pick a perfect weather day to go. The lighthouse has been fully restored and is kept very well maintained and the view from the top is exceptional – a bit toe curling if you and heights have an uneasy relationship – that red railing looks pretty thin at the top!

Thanks for your visit!

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot W-170, Canon A-1 with FD 17mm lens, Samsung Galaxy S4

Chris

 

Samurai Horseman – World Showcase, Japan Pavilion Epcot

We’ve visited the Japan Pavilion quite a number of times over the years – it’s difficult to find new ways of photographing familiar things. The two samurai on horseback that stand guard to the castle have proven to be photographically “tricky” for me. What I mean is that I’m never really satisfied with my images – they lack the sunshine that would make them pop.

They’re beautifully presented statues, wonderfully sculptured and highly detailed but lack bright natural lighting. With that said, here’s my best “shot” at making something out of a poor original image.

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Oh how I wish this sculpture were out in the open against a beautiful blue sky!

And while we’re at it, the torii gate is another of my hard to capture icons at the pavilion. The Epcot background always throws me… who wants to see the “golf ball” peeking from behind the gate!

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No Epcot “golf ball” but now we see France and England in the background!

If you haven’t had the chance to wander around the Japan Pavilion at Epcot yet, please find the time. Carol and I will often spend an entire afternoon strolling through the many beautiful exhibits and of course you’ve got to see Mitsukoshi Department Store.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Chris & Carol ^.^

 

The Red Bridge

On a cloudy day, the red bridge stands out – the fish swim and the water flows.

At the Japan Pavilion, Disney’s World Showcase, Epcot.

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A “Disney Duck” waits for a treat.

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And a “Hidden Mickey” brings a smile.

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Have a wonderful Monday!

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Chris & Carol