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Everyone Makes the World Go Round - Angel

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***** Found near the terminus of the River Walk near the 14th Street Bridge.  Sounds about right to me.  *****

The Kids

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***** Begging for breakfast from TOM. Momma duck brought her babies up from the pond behind our hotel each day for breakfast. She had six total on the first day, but on the last day of our visit, she only brought up three.  I hope they didn't end up as an appetizer for the two gators that also lived in the pond : ( *****  

The Hawk

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***** Taken on our St. John's River Cruise.  I never got in the habit of documenting my shots. This is one time I should have pulled out the notebook.  Our guide was very knowledgeable and had years of experience on the river. She knew every bird, tree, flower, and gator nest. Anyway, I think he is very attractive Happy Friday, Everyone! *****

Lifeguard Tower

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***** This was the end of the drive zone on Daytona Beach.  *****

Railroad Trestle

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***** Railroad trestle near the near the Iron Works in Columbus.  To read more about the history of the iron works, click here. *****

Dillingham Street Bridge redux

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***** Chattahoochee River, a railroad trestle, and Dillingham Street Bridge The Dillingham bridge is turning 100 years old this year. They would like to have a party for her, but no one knows when her birthday is. Dillingham bridge is the most photographed and painted landmark in the city. I myself have posted 7 shots of the bridge. Here is a link to a recent article in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. *****

Gator Tales

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***** Sunning on a log.  Whenever I go to Florida, I always looks for gators and have never seen one. My main reason for the boat cruise on the St Johns River was because they mentioned gators in their information. As you can see, I was not disappointed. As a general rule, I am not fond of reptiles, so I don't understand this fascination with gators. We also saw several active nests and some baby gators, but because of the size it was difficult to get a good focus on them.  *****

Uptown Fish House

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***** Not sure what they serve beside fish, I was not able to access the website for the restaurant.  Apparently, they are open for lunch and dinner. *****

Back to [Daytona] Beach

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***** A beautiful, wide expanse of beach. Enough for everyone. On this day, just a handful. *****

Trinity Episcopal Church

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***** Trinity Episcopal Church is the only Gothic Revival church in Columbus with Gothic arches and a square bell tower. The church contains several stained glass memorial windows and marble floors. *****

I Am Not a Bird Person

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***** So I cannot tell you what kind of bird this is. If you know, leave a comment.  I took this on our cruise on the St. Johns River. *****

No. 5 Delivering Door

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***** Delivering Door No. 5 on an old cotton warehouse on Bay Avenue.  This building is now owned by Columbus State University. *****

Fishing Pier, Jetty Park, Port Canaveral

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***** JETTY PARK FISHING PIER is 1200 feet in length.  More than just fishing, you can watch the big ships come in and out on one side or the beach lovers on the other side. *****

Morning Briefing

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***** In 1931 the American National Red Cross issued its second charter for a life preserving organization to the Daytona Beach Red Cross Life Saving Corps. Composed of 30 young men trained in lifesaving and first aid, this volunteer corps protected 3 miles of beach, compiling daily records of the number of bathers, weather, first aid and rescues. By 1972 the Volusia County Beach Patrol became one of the nation’s most highly trained surf lifesaving rescue units.  ***** Highlights of Daytona Beach Lifeguards:  Includes Volusia County Beach Patrol’s many visitors, averaged at 10 million annually Features the 47 continuous miles of Atlantic coastline, which holds the dubious honor of the shark bite capital of the world Explores the area’s average of 3,000 rescues made annually Shows the lifeguards of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Volusia County

St. John's River

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***** Blue Spring State Park, Central Florida.  The spring run is an area where the manatees come when the waters in the river are too cold for them, usually between the months from November to March.  ***** I enhanced this photo just a bit using picnik and a lomo effect. *****

The Beach, Daytona

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Daily Ticket $5

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***** For $5 you can get a one day driving pass for Daytona Beach.  We have always heard about the races on the beach, both motorcycle and auto, and figured we needed to check it out; the beach, not the races. TOM wanted to dangle his tootsies in the Atlantic so we coughed up the $5 and went for it. You can actually drive quite a few miles on the beach. They have 'lanes' and also restricted areas where no driving is allowed for families and such. Because we were on our way home, we went in one gate and drove as far as we could and went out another gate. I was surprised at how hard packed the sand is. I even saw people with bicycles. After a couple of photos and sandy feet we continued our journey home.  ***** Sorry Ciel, but the devil made us do it : ) *****

Daytona Beach, Worlds Most Famous Beach

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***** The city is historically known as having a beach where the hard packed sand allows motorized vehicles to drive on the beach in restricted areas. This hard packed sand made Daytona Beach a mecca for motorsports, with the old Daytona Beach Road Course having hosted races for over 50 years. *****

Daytona International Speedway

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***** Now, I am not a NASCAR fan, but . . .  On February 22, 1959, Daytona International Speedway hosted the first Daytona 500. The posted awards for the "500-Mile International Sweepstakes" totaled $67,760. A field of 59 cars took the green flag for the start of the 200-lap race. A crowd of 41,000 was on hand to witness the beginning of another chapter in the history of racing in Daytona. ***** Wikipedia has a lot to say about Daytona. Click here to read more. *****

St. Augustine, Historic Downtown

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***** Celebrating 40 years of educational excellence, Flagler College offers 20 majors and 26 minors in selected studies emphasizing liberal arts, education, and business. Located in what was once Henry Flagler's first St. Augustine hotel, the Ponce de Leon, the college operates tours for both visitors and prospective students. With the recent purchase of the Florida East Coast Railway building west of town, the new student center on Sevilla Street, and expansions of the art building and galleries, Flagler College is continually expanding both its presence in town and opportunities for its students. *****

St. Augustine Light Station

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***** A Spanish watchtower, built in the late 1500's was the predecessor of the present St. Augustine Lighthouse. St. Augustine is the site of the oldest aid to navigation in North America. The original watchtower became Florida's first lighthouse in 1824. However, by 1870, the tower was threatened by shoreline erosion and construction began on the current lighthouse. The new tower was completed in 1874. The old tower succumbed to the sea during a storm in 1880. ***** Constructed of Alabama brick and Philadelphia iron, the lighthouse is St. Augustine's oldest surviving brick structure. In 1876, a brick light keeper's house was added to the site. Light keepers' and their assistants lived and worked there until the tower was automated in 1955. ***** The St. Augustine Lighthouse rises 165 feet above sea level and contains 219 steps. At the top, a first order Fresnel lens serves the beacon. The St. Augustine lens consists of 370 hand-cut glass prisms arranged in a beehive s…

The Final Flight

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***** We just returned from the Space Coast of Florida. We went to watch the launch of the final space shuttle mission, STS-135 Atlantis. Apparently a million people showed up for the 30 second show (because of cloud cover, she disappeared into the clouds). We headed to Jetty Park at Port Canaveral at 3:00 in the morning (we had a one hour drive). Believe me, you could not get a hotel room any closer and if you did find one, the rate was more than likely 5x the normal rate. In the parking area, there were cars from every state. About the only ones I did not see were Alaska and Hawaii. The atmosphere was party-like; people were camping, flying kites, swimming, having picnics, playing games, and just relaxing. We tried to take a nap, but the car alarms kept going off. ***** After the launch, we waited an hour for traffic to clear. It still took us an hour to drive 13 miles to I-95 so we could get back to our hotel in Deltano. It was a great experience and tears were shed by all who attende…

Home of Carmike Cinemas

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***** Corporate office of Carmike Cinemas. They have 240 theaters in 36 states.  *****

Secret Garden

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***** Sometimes you have to peak around the corner. I like the swing and if I hadn't been on the wrong side of the gate I would have sat down a took a break from the heat. As it was I had to keep moving on.  ***** *****

Open - Closed

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***** The backs of buildings are often just as interesting as the fronts of buildings, and in some cases they are more interesting. I think it's interesting how the rust is found on the inside rather than the outside of the shutters. *****

Kress Building

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***** Facade of the Kress Building The Kress Building was built in 1918 and destroyed by fire in 1994.  The lot behind the facade is being used as parking. ***** Image enhanced using a freeware called FotoSketcher.

Company C

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***** According to their website 'they offer a wide range dance styles for every age range'.  One thing I found interesting, they have a Broadway address, but the entrance is on 11th Street. I guess having an address Broadway is more appealing than an address on one of the cross streets.  *****

And the Rockets' Red Glare

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***** It is legal to purchase fireworks in the state of Alabama. For that last few years my husband and sons will hit the shops and spend a few hours lighting  firecrackers, bottle rockets, sparklers and other assorted incendiary devices.  Personally, I am not such a big fan, but the guys have a good time.  I stand by with the water hose.  ***** Happy Independence Day *****

Looking Good

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***** Empty sidewalk along Broadway on a Sunday afternoon. *****

Armadillo Stencil

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***** Anybody know what this represents? I was wondering if maybe it was a marathon or other event marker. On the river walk near the Eagle and Phenix power house. *****

Theme Day - Green

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***** CDP Bloggers all around the world are sharing their best interpretations of Green today. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants ***** Taken in the Gift Shop at the Atlanta Aquarium. Color intensity tweaked with picnik. *****