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  • Posted by Jonathan on September 17th, 2006 (All posts by )


    The actual scene looked a bit more like this:


    15 Responses to “”

    1. incognito Says:

      Beautiful picture Jonathan. Florida is paradise.

    2. Tatyana Says:

      I’ve never been to Fla. And have no plan for vacation yet.

    3. Jonathan Says:

      Beware! The water is red and the alligators are permitted to vote.

    4. Tatyana Says:

      So it’s a crocs’ voting paradise…Sorry, alligators’. Oh no, I didn’t mean any offense by thaaaaaa….

    5. Ginny Says:

      I think I’d always feel like I was living in a Pop-art picture. Does it really seem like those colors are, well, natural? It takes the breath away but it doesn’t seem, well, real. (Real, of course, is the big sky monotony of driving down the middle of America on I-80.)

    6. Jonathan Says:


      The red color is natural, caused by sunset reflecting from clouds. I enhanced it by maxing the camera’s saturation and contrast settings and also by photoshopping. I may have gone a bit overboard, I’m not sure.

    7. Tatyana Says:

      Ginny, looks like the colors ARE natural. Here’re a notes by an independent.

    8. Ginny Says:

      Actually, I didn’t think Jonathan photoshopped – I just meant to those of us from other places, it is unbelievable. I know (well, my mind knows) it is Florida; my instincts are this is some other planet.

    9. Jonathan Says:

      I posted an update that shows more clearly how the scene looked to my eyes.

    10. Jonathan Says:

      Although it’s all very subjective. Also, this kind of color is usually only available on partly-cloudy days in summer, especially after rain or when there’s a lot of smoke in the atmosphere (fires in the Everglades), typically occurs about ten or 15 minutes before the sun sets and typically lasts for only a few minutes. In this pic you can see that the ground is shaded from the setting sun but illuminated by reflections from clouds which are still in the fading sunlight. A couple of minutes later it was all grey.

    11. grant Says:

      This looks like the road down to/through the keys. Am I right?

    12. SWLiP Says:

      No, that’s not the Overseas Highway in the Keys, but that’s not a bad guess. That’s the part of the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne that’s known locally as “Hobie Beach.”

      Pretty cool pic, Jonathan. You must have a condo on Brickell, or a friend who does.

    13. SWLiP Says:

      It is true, though, that biologists have found crocodile nests just a couple of miles from that spot, in the mangroves around Virginia Key.

    14. Jonathan Says:

      SWLiP, thanks. That’s the area. I know people there and take advantage of the views whenever I can.

      BTW, somebody gave me this pic that was taken in the same area. Perhaps it’s one of same crocodiles from Virginia Key. I think they are quite rare.

    15. SWLiP Says:

      Yikes. That croc picture is definitely from the neighborhood, although it’s hard to tell precisely where from the pic.

      I’ll have to remember to be extra careful when taking the kids to Kennedy Park.