Monthly Archives: October 2011

Brickell Key (Claughton Island) at Dawn

This is a 11141 x 3713 pixel composite panorama that looks great at large size. It shows several of the newer residential condo buildings on Brickell Key, looking towards the Port of Miami and Miami Beach.

Brickell Key is a small man-made island in Biscayne Bay near the mouth of the Miami River. It was unpopulated until the 1980s. Since then it’s been turned into a mixed-use neighborhood with high-end condos, offices and a Mandarin Oriental hotel. For more info about the history of Brickell Key see here and here.

Panoramic view of residential condominium buildings on Miami's Brickell Key (Claughton Island) with the dawn sky, Port of Miami and Miami Beach in the background. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Downtown Miami in 2006

By contrast, here’s a photo from my old blog from a few years back. Approximately the same part of town as shown in my post below, though the view here is wider. Count the construction cranes (as we sometimes did). There’s a reason it was called a bubble.

Night view of commercial and residential buildings and building construction in downtown Miami during the tail end of the real estate boom, October 2006. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Downtown Miami Night Skyline

A recent shot of some downtown buildings, mostly built during the boom. Some of them weren’t completed until after the real estate market crashed. The aircraft light trails are a nice, though accidental, touch.

Downtown Miami, Florida office and residential buildings at night with aircraft trails. (Copyright 2011 Jonathan Gewirtz jonathan@gewirtz.net, Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Halloween Costumes

You can’t go wrong with the St. Pauli Girl or preppy goth princess look.

Storefront Halloween display. (© 2011 Jonathan Gewirtz jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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Video Billboard

If you buy our watch you will get the hot chicks, chicks so hot that you will have to buy a jet so that you can get to where they are quicker. Something like that. Anyway, the video ad display on the side of the Colorado Convention Center in Denver is captivating.

Video advertising billboard on the exterior of the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver at dusk. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Vivid Sunrise

The esplanade near the Jade condo building in Miami provides great views of Biscayne Bay around dawn. This particular morning was cloudy on the verge of rain. The sun coming up over Virginia Key was unusually red, more like an August sunset than a December sunrise. I went into photo-making overdrive. There was another guy there taking pictures with a Rollei TLR. I asked him what film he was using and he said: Velvia.

Perfect.

The sun rises over Virginia Key just East of Miami. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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The Mountains of Florida

The Rock Reef Pass (Elevation 3 Feet) road sign in Everglades National Park is the subject of numerous witty Internet postings. Here’s one that does a pretty good job of explaining the sign’s significance. Florida is a limestone plateau, and South Florida is practically dead flat with the exception of bridges and other man-made structures. Thus, in the Everglades, minuscule elevation differentials, on the order of inches, control the flow of vast quantities of fresh water. Three feet is actually a significant height in the Everglades ecosystem.

I’m sure the Swiss are laughing at us but we have them beat in the large reptile department, so perhaps the joke is on them.

Rock Reef Pass, shown here where it crosses the main road in Everglades National Park, rises just three feet above the surrounding sawgrass savannah. The tiny height differential above the surrounding grassland supports trees and other vegetation that could not survive a few feet away. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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You may be a geek…

If this is your house, you may be a geek.

A row of colorful model rockets on a fireplace mantelpiece in a home, with a blank painting in the background. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Everglades Prairie Landscape

This is Everglades National Park near the Pa-hay-okee Overlook, shortly after sunrise. It’s an HDR composite and I like the way it turned out. Makes a good iPad wallpaper in case you were wondering.

I did not see any exploding snakes.

Sawgrass and trees at sunrise at the Pa-hay-okee Overlook in Everglades National Park. (Jonathan Gewirtz)

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Panopticon Panopticnot

It only looks like a security camera. It’s really a planter. Maybe it’s best thought of as an unmonitored surveillance device.

Great place to get your car fixed and there’s always something interesting to photograph.

The interior of an automotive repair shop as reflected from a chromed planter on the ceiling. (Copyright 2011 Jonathan Gewirtz jonathan@gewirtz.net)

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