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Camera: Samsung Galaxy S8+

Jacksonville, Florida

This image received no post-production except for a gentle crop and a slight exposure adjustment. It was late in the day so I’m sure the camera was doing its best to balance the available light with the need to focus and freeze the action. Sometimes the simplest of cameras are the best. I’m sure a more sophisticated DLSR or mirrorless camera would have captured a “better” image but who lugs those around 24/7?

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com for some awesome photo gear! – Chris

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Looking Up

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Image 1 – Amelia Island airport terminal skylight

Image 2 – Avenues Mall (Jacksonville) dome

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2018 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
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On the Corner of Blue and Yellow

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Boxed in at the Ikea – Jacksonville 5.7.2018

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit our online store at https://www.ccstudio2380.com for some really neat cameras and all sorts of vintage stuff!

Chris

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2018 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
All rights reserved.

Remembering a “friend”

Yes, a store can be considered as a friend. A place that holds some special memories, a place that’s inviting and a place to hang out.

That last part, hanging out is what probably dooms most stores of this type. Carol and I always make it a point to purchase something whenever we do get a chance to shop there.

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There aren’t many of these stores left and the ones that are are a bit of a drive. This one is located in the southern part of Jacksonville, Florida which is about a 55 mile trip for us.

Fun memories – both of our children won copies of the newly released Harry Potter books while attending a midnight release event. Tim even won an autographed poster (autographed by “Harry Potter” no less!). When a new Barnes & Noble opened in the north part of Jacksonville in the mid-1990s, Lindsay christened the new carpeting in the children’s section with her most recent meal! No other details needed.

We enjoy shopping at B&N vice buying our books from the online giant. Reading a part of the book or magazine before you purchase it is always fun and holding a newly printed book is a joy.

So if you have a local bookstore please go and support it! Not only will you enjoy your time spent there you’ll also be supporting your neighbors by providing employment.

This Barnes & Noble store is located at The St. Johns Town Center which is an upscale super-regional open-air mall in southeast Jacksonville, Florida.

Enjoy!

Chris

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Copyright © 2015-2018 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
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Funny Jacksonville… just funny –

Now don’t get us wrong by the title of our blog post – we enjoy our wonderful big little city to our south, Jacksonville, Florida. Lots of neat things to see and do there. The Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL play their home games just down the St. Johns River from downtown. Then there’s a world class arena and a really nice baseball stadium (The Baseball Grounds) or something like that where the Jacksonville Suns Double AA professional baseball team plays (I’m sorry, they’re the JUMBO SHRIMP now)… I guess Suns was too plain.

The image below is looking north across the St. Johns River which shows a nice condo under construction and a small marina with some yachts in it. The lovely beige building behind it? Glad you asked.

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It’s the Duval County Jail! Or as it is officially known, the John E. Goode Pre-trial Detention Facility. A jail for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO). The jail was built in 1991 so you can’t say the condo builders didn’t know. It’s probably sitting on some pretty valuable property now, but back in 1991 not so much.

Oh well. It’s Jacksonville, funny Jacksonville.

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Oh and here’s the arena – just down from the jail.

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That’s the baseball grounds in the background left and the stadium for the Jaguars is just to the right of this picture. Boating is very popular.

Lots to see and do if you escape from the JSO.

Thanks for your visit.

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W

Chris

Architectural Gem – Prairie School Style

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The Prairie School style of architecture was influenced by the popular Arts and Crafts style of design from the last part of the 1800s – born in the American Mid-West, it swept across the United States during the early 1900s and was in part made famous by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This fabulous building is at the corner of Broad and Duval Streets in Jacksonville, Florida. Construction began in late 1912 and finished in 1916.

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The Masonic Temple as it still stands today. Catching the last rays of Florida sunshine on a winter’s day.

This five story reinforced concrete and brick building located in downtown Jacksonville, Florida has stood the test of time for just over 100 years.

My image doesn’t do the building justice as it only focuses on one small part that caught my eye in the glowing late afternoon sunlight. The abstract ornaments includes a row of Masonic symbols between the fourth and fifth stories and ornate terracotta and pressed metal designs elsewhere.

The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Of interest, it was home to the first African-American owned bank in Jacksonville, the Anderson Bank. The building was groundbreaking in the sense that while located in the deep south, it was one of the few buildings that African-American business owners had their professional offices – dentists, doctors and lawyers.

Image taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4.

Thanks for your visit! Comments are always welcomed. Chris ^.^

Forgotten and faded Florida…

U.S. Highway 17 was the way to enter Northeast coastal Florida in days past – long before I-95 was even imagined. If you came down from the North in the late 1940s, you entered Florida over a way too narrow bridge over the St. Marys River – the official boundary between Georgia and Florida. The two lane road was well traveled and one of the last cities you would pass through before the bridge was Kingsland, Georgia… just a few miles north of the river. The next city wasn’t until you reached Jacksonville, Florida – a long way south. You can’t really count the in-between hamlets of Yulee and Oceanway – they were home to flashing lights just to make you slow down a bit.

To be the first attraction – or motel – or restaurant – or bar – or whatever along this busy corridor meant something I imagine. Where would the tourists stop to take a picture or pause to, you know, rest? Highway 17 was the bomb – it was the way south. Then I-95 came and it was over in a hurry.

What’s left of the Florida firsts?

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U.S. Highway 17 bridge over the St. Marys River. Looking north into Georgia – this would have been your first step on dry land that was Florida.

After your safe passage over this way too narrow bridge, you would be treated with your first photo op…

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Everybody stops to get their picture taken in Florida! What better place then this sign… and with palm trees too! This is the sign along U.S. 17 a little south of the border.

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Gotta have a plaque to dedicate the sign.

All that’s left of some of the ‘firsts‘…

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‘Souvenirs’ and ‘Whiskey’.

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Nothing left to buy here except more time I suppose.

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More than a few tourists walked through this door… come in please.

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Faded Florida.

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Last one out.

A wonderful place to explore… that first half mile of faded Florida along Highway 17. Many more opportunities to be sure. It was the first motel in now forgotten Florida. The people are elsewhere but the photo ops remain.

Thanks for your visit. As always your comments are appreciated.

You can also visit me at https://www.flickr.com/photos/127540935@N08/

Chris

One last shot – a modern I-95 Florida welcome.

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