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The Cat and the abstract palm thumbnail

The Cat I decided to try photographing once more at The Tides Preserve in Atlantic Beach. As my last visit caused undue police attention to my 8×10 view camera, I decided to take a smaller one – a Mamiya RB67. That camera measured only 4x4x7 inches and could be carried by hand or mounted on [...]

The Tides Preserve and more police thumbnail

Tides Preserve On the south end of Atlantic Beach is the Tides Preserve. It sits in a small area of marsh between the town, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Boulevard high-rise bridge over the river. This preserve is set up as an educational area, with numerous trails, boardwalks and signs explaining the flora in [...]

Dutton Island and the police

Dutton Island and the police thumbnail

Dutton Island   I drove through the entrance to Dutton Island Preserve down a one-lane dirt road lined with palms, palmettos and no-parking signs. I crossed a wide concrete bridge, built to safely allow fishing from the span with vehicle traffic limited to its center. The span is about six-feet above high tide. On the [...]

The Movie Star   Travelers on Atlantic Boulevard now cross the San Pablo River from Jacksonville to Atlantic Beach by way of a high rise bridge, but years ago there was a much lower bridge. Folks reached the old bridge by a causeway and a series of small bridges over the marsh. When the old [...]

Guana River and the hog

Guana River and the hog thumbnail

Guana River, St. Johns County, Florida As the sun rose over the Atlantic, traffic backed up on the turn-off from Florida Highway A-1-A at what local folks call the Guana River dam. Cars pulled up to an unoccupied guard shack, and their drivers voluntarily took an envelope from a rack, tore off the admission ticket, [...]

There and Gone – A Photography Lesson thumbnail

It was 6:45 in the morning, and I was already more than an hour into my bus ride to work. As we rode through the old community of San Marco, I worried about my truck rather than photography. When going up a hill, such as the bridges in town, the engine spit and backfired and [...]

Damn, just damn. Dru Lombar passes away. thumbnail

Last week, I mentioned Dru Lombar. This piece about his death was first written for the JaxBeachJournal in 2005. Dru Lombar passes away. I’ve been bummed for a week – not really depressed, just feeling low. I thought it must be because of New Orleans, but I really felt that the sadness was closer than [...]

The Macon-Jacksonville Music Connection was originally written for The JaxBeachJournal back in 2002. The cities of Macon and Jacksonville linked to create a musical genre – Southern Rock. Macon’s place in the history of Rock ‘n Roll music is solid. After all, the city fathers (and mothers) could get away with promoting it as the [...]