There isn’t much to photograph at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida; however, if you like history, there is plenty to learn about this place. Seminole War Chief Osceola was once imprisoned here, along with several other Native Americans.
I have a ton of photos I’ve taken over the years of Port Orange Sugar Mill Gardens, but I can’t locate most of them at the moment. I grew up near here, and it’s a popular place for school field trips. It’s a small, but great place to visit with children of all ages, and let them run free and explore.
This little garden has a lot of history. If you look closely at the first photo just to the upper left of the bridge, you might see a dinosaur. (Not a real one, of course!) That’s because this park used to be a family tourist destination from 1948-52 called Bongoland. In other photos shown here, coquina ruins of the Dunlawton Plantation (sugar mill) and some of the machinery used is all that is left after the Second Seminole War in 1836.
This is not some of my best work. I took this photo from a helicopter in 2002 using my first digital camera – a Sony Cybershot something or other (point and shoot). It was probably 5 megapixels, but I did manage to get great photos from it at the time. It would be great to do this again and see the changes in the land.
When I take photos that I like, but there is something wrong with them (i.e. out of focus, bad lighting, etc.), I make them into digital paintings. No need to waste!
This is probably one of my favorite places of serenity to visit. Located on the side of a mountain on the island of Oahu, the grounds at Valley of the Temples is covered in lush green foliage with koi filled streams and is a place where birds will eat right out of your hands. There is a large brass sacred bell (called bon-sho, said to clear the mind of evil and temptation) that is customarily rung before entering the temple. Among entering the temple, a very intimidating gold-leaf Buddha towers more than 18 feet high.
Why is it that with all of the technology available today that homes built do not last for a lifetime without crumbling to the ground, yet the ancient peoples built things that have lasted hundreds of years? The Montezuma Well and Castle is a national monument located near Camp Verde, Arizona. This is another place of serenity in Arizona. I didn’t want to leave. I felt really connected to the land and whomever else still occupied the place.
Old Tuscon is a pretty cool place. It’s set up as an old Western style “town” complete with original artifacts from all kinds of things. It’s a place where several Hollywood movies were filmed and photo shoots have been staged. These were a few of the shots I took while visiting. Go here to view more photos I took.
Only 25 cents to take a bath here
A little color by the desert train
Crooked Creek Cemetery (it’s pretend)
Railroad tracks – An actual train will take you for a ride.