Monthly Archives: September 2011

Houses On a Pond

Things are peaceful at 3:00 AM.

Houses along a golf-course pond at night, Davie, Florida. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Brickell Avenue Drawbridge Over the Miami River

The bridge goes up, everybody waits. The bridge comes down, gate goes up, drivers at the head of the line take off in a dash to make up lost time, everybody else waits as the flow of traffic returns to normal.

Night view of the Brickell Avenue drawbridge over the Miami River as the pedestrian gate goes up, with condo and office buildings. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Freedom

Parking lot at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

Parking space at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Busted at the Post Office

Waiting in line a few months ago to pick up a package, I snapped a couple of photos. A postal employee noticed me doing this and said (I am paraphrasing from imperfect memory the exchange that follows), “You took a picture”. I said yes. She said, You can’t take pictures in the post office. I shrugged. She called over another lady whom she identified as a supervisor.

The supervisor said, You can’t take pictures in the post office. I said I wasn’t aware of such a rule and it’s a public place. She said photography is against the law in federal buildings. I knew this couldn’t be true but there wasn’t much to gain by arguing. The ladies were very stern and I thought their reaction excessive. My assumption in such situations is that something else is probably going on. Maybe they don’t want a picture going up on the Internet that shows postal employees talking on the phone or whatever. Someone could get into trouble. But I don’t know. Anyway, I was pretty sure I hadn’t done anything wrong and I didn’t know what they wanted me to do. I didn’t feel like hanging around but I was still waiting for my package. At this point the supervisor called her supervisor.

The second supervisor said, You can’t take pictures in the post office. I said something like, I’m not trying to give you a hard time but are you aware of a specific rule against taking photos? He said he wasn’t aware of a specific rule but he was sure it was in the postal regulations.

Somewhere around this time the first supervisor retrieved my package and said I could have it but only if I deleted the photos I had taken. I said, I can’t do that. The postal employees conferred among themselves. After a minute they brought me my package. Before I signed for it the top supervisor made a point of copying my name and address from the package label and said he was going to forward my info to the postal inspectors. I said, You can do that, and signed for the package.

As I turned to leave I noticed that a line of customers had formed behind me during the surreal interaction that had occupied me and three postal employees for something like ten minutes.

Post office customers in Miami, Florida. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

Denver airport, Memorial Day weekend.

A United Airlines Boeing jetliner on the taxiway at Denver International Airport is silhouetted against a cloudy sky. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Key Biscayne Cyclists

On weekend mornings cyclists converge on Key Biscayne in large groups. Some groups are slow and leisurely, some are fast and competitive. After a rainy week it’s fun to watch packs of cyclists as they race past the flooded parts of Crandon Park.

A large pack or peleton of cyclists is reflected in a pool of rainwater at Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Florida. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Take the Weekend Off

The bare legs and feet of three people sitting on a dock. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Sometimes It’s Good to Get Away From It All

A runner enjoys morning solitude at South Valley Park near Denver.

A runner on a path winding through red rock outcroppings in the South Valley Park Ken-Caryl Ranch Open Space in Colorado. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Night Cyclists

In the touristy part of downtown Denver, cyclists swim by silently, alone or in small groups on their trendy one-speeds. They turn their heads to watch for traffic as a school of fish might turn to scan for predators.

Three young men on bicycles cross a busy intersection at night in downtown Denver, Colorado. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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