It's been since July that I've written a new post, and even though I still have 2 days to write about St. Maarten I might just stick that into one post. There are a few more events that I should write about and maybe I should keep a list of potentially new posts, so here goes one that probably should have been written sooner. An update if you will.
Since July I have gone to St. Augustine, The Florida Keys x6, The Everglades x2-3, countless aviation photos, and have taken a flight in a rickety Piper Cadet. All fun, almost. In August while I was in St. Augustine I came down with bronchitis, I didn't want to slow down my plans, wanted to capture as many photos from a city I never visited and still let have my wife enjoy a trip we spontaneously planned for. A few days earlier I had spent looking through aerial images, following roads and coastlines on google earth to find interesting locations to shoot. I had this amazing plan for 3 days of photos, filled with forts, lighthouses, and plenty of food. Needless to say I didn't complete my initial plan; I still was able to climb the first lighthouse in Florida a whopping 219 steps to the top, spent as much time walking the old city, visiting Flagler College (Henry Flagler's Hotel) and wandering through Fort Matanzas and Castillo de San Marcos. After feeling ill, weak, having hallucinations and ready to call it quits, I had captured some good photos, I didn't edit those photos until October 30th. Why did it take me that long you may ask? Well, I was sick during that trip and I could really tell; all my photos had a slanted-ness to either side, it made me nauseous to look through them. I still get a sense of vertigo when I look at the photo of the steps in the lighthouse. There is no moral to the story, there is nothing I can say about being sick on a trip, what I do know is that I need to plan another trip to St. Augustine.
In case you didn't know St. Augustine was discovered by Ponce De Leon in 1513 and was founded by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565 some 55 years before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock.
Old City Gates
Looking up the stairs through the center of St. Augustine Lighthouse
St. Augustine Lighthouse
Check out all the photos found here in the St. Augustine Gallery.