Single-Image Sunday: The Old Florida   1 comment

A recent image of Florida’s Indian River.  I shot at dusk from the western shore of what is actually a long inlet of the sea, or estuary, rather than a true river.  Along this shore there’s a small ledge of coquina limestone that the early settlers of the area thought offered fine foundation for their homes.  Plenty of big old Victorians and even a few older, simpler dwellings populate the neighborhood, and large trees of palm and pine offer more shade than usually available in these parts.

As I shot from a tiny park along Indian River Drive I realized I’d found a little hideaway from the bustle.  Just west are the highways and strip malls of this part of east-central Florida.  Much of the development is surprisingly recent.  It covers land that was once used by the original owners of the big old houses for things like orange groves and cattle pasture.  Fishing was a very important source of living as well.

I’ve spoken with a few old-timers who recall those more peaceful days of old Florida, before even the Apollo space program came along.  Even factoring in the obvious “good-old days” bias of their recollections, I believe I’d much prefer living in that time and place.  Sure, the gators were much more prevalent than now, and (horror of horrors!) there was no air-conditioning.  But still, I can just imagine swinging in a porch-swing, sipping sweet tea and listening not to traffic or aircraft but the birds and the insects, with the occasional lazy plop of a snook or redfish in the cove nearby.

Indian River Lagoon, Atlantic coastal Florida.


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  1. Such a tranquil scene, Michael. Beautiful.

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