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    Posted: 20 October 2019 at 13:36

As a child I was fortunate enough to grow up in the florida keys, specifically Key west, in a time when it was still wild, less commercialized, and very eco friendly. I spent every day in some facet enjoying the outdoors and I would guess that I fished some 300 days a year. Living in a tropical paradise shaped my love for everything wild and outdoors and is largely responsible for the person I am today and why I routinely only photograph wild places, the outdoors and animals. As a kid for extra fun we used to go to the bahia honda bridge and jump off of it into the atlantic ocean. 35 years ago the bridge was still intact and you could walk on it and obviously jump off of it if you so desired. It was a cracking time as we often hung out at bahia honda state park as well. The bahia honda bridge was part of old US1 a road that was redone but they never tore down the old bridge. Often when I revisit the keys and drive past this stretch I see this bridge and it floods the memory banks of the good times I had as a child. One such day this year I was fortunate enough to drive by with good light. As I always carry my camera I stopped and took a few images. Although falling apart it is still as beautiful to me as days gone by.CC welcome







1 bahia honda bridge
bahia honda bridge by chrisrudl, on Flickr

2 tree
DSC05051-2aa by chrisrudl, on Flickr

3 what the bridge looks like now up close. 35 years ago you were able to traverse this bridge. Father time has wrought its destructive hand.
DSC05100a by chrisrudl, on Flickr

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Beautiful - especially 1 and 2. I think I prefer #2 for the presence of the gnarled tree, but the water in #1 reflects more of the sky. Very beautiful.
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Wonderful images and story. Thanks much for sharing!

Love the first two with the second as fave for the composition with the tree.

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A great story and some beautiful images!

#3 is very good since it gives a sense of proportion (and devastation). I would rank #1 and #2 higher - and see rather #1 at the top. #2 unfortunately shows quite a considerable amount of halos along the branches of the tree - probably a result of PP. And I like the colors in #1 much better!

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Good catch on the branches Waldo. Somehow I missed that. Am going to go back and re edit this one
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Nice read and great shots Chris! Must have been a great place to grow up.
A combination of #1 (for the red skye) and #2 (for the tree in the foreground) would be an absolute killer shot.
Thanks for sharing the story and pictures.
 



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Thanks for sharing your memories. The jump from the bridge must have been something as it is rather high. Love the shots, presenting a relaxed mood. Good that you included the derelict one too, it adds to the story.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote C_N_RED_AGAIN Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 October 2019 at 20:34
I agree Fred. Hastily shot the first shot as I arrived at the location just as the light was perfect. It was only after some reflection that I noticed the tree and put it in the composition for the second shot. Maybe in the future Iíll go back and shoot both together with better light!
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Great story and shots. Unfortunatly, many places are much busier than a few decades ago. #2 is fantastic. TFS Chris    .
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 October 2019 at 10:38
Wonderful set. I also regard #1 as the pick, for the colour, the reflections in the sand, and overall composition.
Love the story, although it's sad that this along with lots of coastal structures worldwide are being decimated by rising seas, rising strength of storm events, and other climate factors. That water under the bridge must have been very deep to have allowed safe diving from that height.
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#2 rocks!
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Great set. I love them all. Impossible to pick a favourite.
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Very nice, like them all.
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The light in #1 is really nice, but for me the composition of #2 with the tree takes the cake. The central composition of the third also works well.
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