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The World's Been Turning
Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 0120

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique metal match holder complete with wooden matches hung from a nail on the kitchen wall in the Woodrow Wilson House (1915), 2340 S Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia: 31 January 2014

Antique metal match holder complete with wooden matches hung from a nail on the kitchen wall in the Woodrow Wilson House (1915).

2340 S Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia: 31 January 2014


part of the Woodrow Wilson House album

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The One That Got Away
Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 0015

Photo Credit: David July --- A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park.

Near Pioneer Drive, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012


part of the Thanksgiving 2012 album

When I first spotted this Anhinga anhinga just north of the main lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, it had just caught a fish. As the bird prepared to eat its catch, something happened and the fish successfully launched itself from the anhinga's bill with amazing speed and agility.

Photo Credit: David July --- A fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 16 February 2014

I pressed the shutter button repeatedly and captured three frames as the anhinga rapidly reacted by diving into the pond in pursuit.

Photo Credit: David July --- After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) prepares to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

Photo Credit: David July --- After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

Photo Credit: David July --- After the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

From escape to pursuit, everything seen above took place inside of two seconds. The anhinga returned seventeen seconds later, apparently without the fish.

Photo Credit: David July --- Following the successful escape of the fish it caught, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) returns to a rock in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, Jacksonville, Florida: 24 November 2012

I have no idea what ultimately occurred below the water's surface, but I was left with the impression that the fish did not become a meal that afternoon.

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The Inevitable Conclusion
Monday, 21 April 2014, 0027

Photo Credit: David July --- Bolt and washer at the base of the hand water pump over a trough for the mule lot at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Bolt and washer at the base of the hand water pump over a trough for the mule lot at Dudley Farm Historic State Park.

18730 West Newberry Road, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014


part of the Dudley Farm Historic State Park album

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The Lady in Pink
Sunday, 20 April 2014, 2249

Photo Credit: David July --- Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) in a tree at the southern end of the rookery, St. Augustine, Florida: 27 May 2013

Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) in a tree at the southern end of the rookery.

999 Anastasia Boulevard, St. Augustine, Florida: 27 May 2013


part of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park album

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The Lessons of Mintaka III
Sunday, 20 April 2014, 2149

Photo Credit: David July --- Nails on a wooden bridge over a section of the Lime Springs along the Lime Sink Run Trail at Suwannee River State Park, Live Oak, Florida: 30 November 2013

Nails on a wooden bridge over a section of the Lime Springs along the Lime Sink Run Trail at Suwannee River State Park.

Near 201st Path, Live Oak, Florida: 30 November 2013


part of the Suwannee River State Park 2013 album

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The Things We Leave Behind
Saturday, 19 April 2014, 1820

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park.

18730 West Newberry Road, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014


part of the Dudley Farm Historic State Park album

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

There are over six billion people on the planet.
In one hundred years all of us will be gone.
More will come.
What will be our legacy to them?
What will they say about us?
If there's even a place for them to exist at all.

— Steve Messina (2002)

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives, but I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again.

What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived.

— Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (1994)

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Antique farm implement from the nineteenth or early twentieth century on display near the visitor center at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry, Florida: 16 February 2014

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The Journey Over the River
Monday, 14 April 2014, 0024

Photo Credit: David July --- Walking toward the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) on the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

Walking toward the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) on the pedestrian and cyclist promenade.

Brooklyn Bridge Promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014


part of the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade album

Once I finished exploring Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010) and other locations in the area, it was time to return to Manhattan. Walking south on Washington Street, called Cadman Plaza East south of Prospect Street, I watched some kids sledding on a snowy park hill and then entered the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) Promenade.

Photo Credit: David July --- Walking up the stairs from Cadman Plaza East just south of Prospect Street onto the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

When the Brooklyn Bridge first opened in 1883, more than 150,000 people walked across it via the pedestrian promenade. Beyond tourism and photography, the one mile promenade provides a scenic and viable transportation alternative for walkers and cyclists over the East River.

Photo Credit: David July --- Walking up the stairs from Cadman Plaza East just south of Prospect Street onto the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

As I began my journey across, the snowfall increased and the strong southwesterly winds made the twenty-one degree air feel much colder. The skyscrapers of Manhattan's Financial District started to vanish, shrouded in low clouds and blizzardy conditions. Few people were around, a bonus for me.

Photo Credit: David July --- Walking toward the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) on the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

Prior to crossing the East River, the bridge provides views of the Fulton Ferry and Dumbo neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Nearby, the Manhattan Bridge (1909) provides an additional crossing for automobile, subway and pedestrian traffic. It is the third East River bridge, after the Brooklyn and Williamsburg Bridge (1903).

Photo Credit: David July --- Empire Stores (1885) and other buildings in Fulton Ferry and Dumbo along Water Street with the Manhattan Bridge (1909) beyond from the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

The Brooklyn Bridge was built over thirteen years starting on Monday, 03 January 1870 and first opening on Thursday, 24 May 1883 — nearly 131 years ago. At least twenty men were killed during construction from fires, explosions and caisson disease, what we know today as decompression sickness or the bends.

Photo Credit: David July --- Three of the four main cables leading up to the eastern side of the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

It was designed by John Augustus Roebling (Johann August Röbling, 1806–1869) of Mühlhausen, Kingdom of Prussia. During pre-construction work in 1869, Roebling's foot was crushed between the dock and a ferry. The resultant tetanus infection soon caused death, but after he handed the project's reins to son Washington Augustus Roebling (1837–1926).

Photo Credit: David July --- Dedication plaque (1869–1883) and reconstruction plaque (1954) on the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

Rising 276 feet and six inches above the water, the two neo-Gothic granite arch towers provide the bridge with its signature look. The four main cables, 15.75 inches in diameter, are each comprised of 5,434 steel wires bundled into nineteen strands. Extending from anchorages at both ends of the bridge, the cables form parabolas across the span and pass over saddles within the towers.

Photo Credit: David July --- Four main cables leading up to the eastern side of the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Looking up under the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

From the eastern tower, there is a largely unobstructed view of Brooklyn Bridge Park and its series of piers; a nice aerial overview of where I had just explored. In the distance lies the confluence of the East River and Hudson River, with Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty (1886) visible — usually more so.

Photo Credit: David July --- Looking down to Brooklyn Bridge Park (2010) Pier 1 from the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) on the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

Each tower also has spots where you can stand over and watch the automobile traffic on the level below, originally configured for use by horse-drawn carriages and railcars. According to New York City DOT, more than 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day.

Photo Credit: David July --- Standing over the eastbound lanes of traffic under the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) on the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

The four main cables are joined by 1,520 suspenders and 400 diagonal stays. White lamps, illuminated even though it was the middle of the afternoon, are spaced out along the tops of the main cables. I did not notice at the time, but my photographs reveal that a number of the lamp bulbs are in need of replacement.

Photo Credit: David July --- Cables leading up to the western side of the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

Photo Credit: David July --- Four main cables leading up to the western side of the eastern tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Brooklyn, New York: 26 January 2014

The deck of the promenade is made from 11,000 wooden planks about sixteen feet across and four inches wide. Able to withstand a variety of weather conditions, tropical hardwood with a thirty-year lifespan is used. The Brooklyn Bridge Forest project is working to secure official support for their sustainable replacement plan sourcing from the Uaxactún community forest in Guatemala.

Photo Credit: David July --- Looking back to Brooklyn from just east of the western tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Manhattan, New York: 26 January 2014

The eastern side of the western tower has the number 1875 displayed near the top. Although I did not see any similar signage on the eastern tower, this corresponds to the year the two towers were completed. An American flag is also displayed atop each of the two towers, replaced about every three months.

Photo Credit: David July --- Two center cables leading up to the eastern side of the western tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Manhattan, New York: 26 January 2014

Flags were part of the original 1867 plan but not installed until the early 1900s. The flag's lighting was deemed too costly in the 1930s and so both were removed. Later restored for the 1983 centennial, the twelve by eighteen foot flags are lowered to half-staff for ten days after a city firefighter or police officer is killed in the line of duty, or for thirty days when certain dignitaries die.

Photo Credit: David July --- Cables leading up to the eastern side of the western tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Manhattan, New York: 26 January 2014

As I got closer to the Manhattan side, the snow and overcast conditions started to diminish. There is an interesting range of classic, mid-twentieth century modern and new structures in the area. The latter end includes 8 Spruce Street (2010) — a 898 unit residential skyscraper with unique architecture — and the nearly complete One World Trade Center (2014), opening this year.

Photo Credit: David July --- Access gate on the southern main cable of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) near the Manhattan side from the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Manhattan, New York: 26 January 2014

375 Pearl Street a.k.a. One Brooklyn Bridge Plaza (1975) was condemned by many after its construction by the New York Telephone Company for being unattractive and overshadowing the Brooklyn Bridge. Originally a major telephone switching facility known as NYCMNYPS, the thirty-two floor structure still houses three levels of Verizon equipment like digital multiplex switches but the rest of the building is being developed into a co-location data center.

Photo Credit: David July --- Walking toward the Manhattan approach of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) on the pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Manhattan, New York: 26 January 2014

A few hundred yards inland is a far more interesting structure. As early as 1884, the City of New York determined that additional office space was needed. Rental property provided some relief but was inconvenient and expensive, so a commission was appointed in 1888 to study the feasibility of constructing a central, multi-agency facility. The result was the forty floor Manhattan Municipal Building (1914) with twenty-five usable floors plus fifteen more in the tower.

Photo Credit: David July --- Manhattan Municipal Building (1914) from the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) pedestrian and cyclist promenade, Manhattan, New York: 26 January 2014

Centre Street marks the terminus of the promenade and bridge, an area usually crowded with tourists, hot dog carts and street vendors. On this winter day, there were no vendors around whatsoever. Even the permanent kiosks like Taqueria Nixtamalito in the adjacent Manhattan Municipal Building plaza were closed.

Photo Credit: David July --- Looking back to the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) and its pedestrian and cyclist promenade from the Manhattan terminus at Centre Street, New York, New York: 26 January 2014

The weather having influenced the speed of my crossing and efficiency in photography, I managed the trip in thirty minutes. My preference would have been to take more time to enjoy the walk, but I really did like that the cold kept most everyone else away. In more temperate weather, the promenade is packed.

Photo Credit: David July --- Manhattan approach and the Brooklyn Bridge (1883) from the southern plaza at the Manhattan Municipal Building (1914), New York, New York: 26 January 2014

I walked around City Hall Park before finding myself back at the Manhattan Municipal Building plaza. With the benches there barely covered in snow, I took the opportunity to sit, briefly preview my photos and contemplate dinner before entering Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall Station and taking the subway back uptown.

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The Lonely Road I Walk
Thursday, 10 April 2014, 1930

Photo Credit: David July --- Creeping devil cactus (Stenocereus eruca) in the world deserts environment within the Conservatory at the United States Botanic Garden (1867), Washington, District of Columbia: 29 January 2014

Creeping devil cactus (Stenocereus eruca) in the world deserts environment within the Conservatory at the United States Botanic Garden (1867).

100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, District of Columbia: 29 January 2014


part of the United States Botanic Garden album

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The Pretermission of Others
Thursday, 10 April 2014, 0020

Photo Credit: David July --- Belimo valve actuator NV24-3 US and a manual valve on pipe running along the jungle canopy mezzanine walkway within the Conservatory at the United States Botanic Garden (1867), Washington, District of Columbia: 29 January 2014

Belimo valve actuator NV24-3 US and a manual valve on pipe running along the jungle canopy mezzanine walkway within the Conservatory at the United States Botanic Garden (1867).

100 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, District of Columbia: 29 January 2014


part of the United States Botanic Garden album

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The Words With Two Meanings
Wednesday, 09 April 2014, 0007

Photo Credit: David July --- Descending to the main level via the service stairwell in the Woodrow Wilson House (1915), Washington, District of Columbia: 31 January 2014

Descending to the main level via the service stairwell in the Woodrow Wilson House (1915).

2340 S Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia: 31 January 2014


part of the Woodrow Wilson House album

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Antique metal match holder complete with wooden matches hung from a nail on the kitchen wall in the Woodrow Wilson House (1915). — photograph by David JulyFollowing the successful escape of the fish it caught, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) returns to a rock in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. — photograph by David JulyAfter the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. — photograph by David JulyAfter the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) dives to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. — photograph by David JulyAfter the fish it caught escapes, an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) prepares to pursue it in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. — photograph by David JulyA fish escapes from an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) after being caught in a pond north of the lake at Jacksonville's Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park. — photograph by David JulyBolt and washer at the base of the hand water pump over a trough for the mule lot at Dudley Farm Historic State Park. — photograph by David JulyRoseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) in a tree at the southern end of the rookery. — photograph by David JulyNails on a wooden bridge over a section of the Lime Springs along the Lime Sink Run Trail at Suwannee River State Park. — photograph by David JulyBlue sky and contrail from the parking lot of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. — photograph by David JulyMag Lab main parking lot. — photograph by David JulyMag Lab main entrance. — photograph by David JulyNHMFL seal and sign on the building exterior. — photograph by David JulyNHMFL seal and sign on the building exterior. — photograph by David JulyArt hanging overhead the Mag Lab main entranceway. — photograph by David JulyAll that's missing from this darkened corridor at the Mag Lab is Gordon Freeman. — photograph by David JulyNHMFL seal and wooden chairs. — photograph by David JulyBlue boxes of various sizes. — photograph by David JulyPipe from the nitrogen tank to the fill station. — photograph by David JulyNitrogen fill station valves, gauges and wrench. — photograph by David July
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