Happy one day before St. Patrick’s Day! You do not have to be Irish to celebrate the day but you do have to like green. I just do not look good in green but I do like the libation of the day! Top of the morning to you!
I’ve just returned from a two-week trip that, at the end, had me skirting the east coast of Florida traveling through Orlando, Daytona and St. Augustine. I found myself asking “SIRI” to take my H3 and me on a side trip as I headed home. In doing so, I heard a lot of “turn left then turn left” and “at the next light make a U-turn”. I guess there is a lot to work out with hers and my relationship!
I found myself with a few hours to kill as I approached Orlando so with camera in hand I headed over to look at the new Ferris wheel being erected on International Drive, the Orlando Eye. My fascination with the wheel extends to seeing a larger version in Vegas last year and I was looking to see what the Orlando version would look like. At 400 feet tall, the Orlando eye is a “younger version” at about 150 feet shorter than the “worlds largest Ferris wheel” the Vegas High Roller which stands 550 feet tall.
Once the task of “sizing up” the Ferris wheel was complete I decided to head downtown and see what was new and visual in the city. It has been a few years since my last visit and to say the least even longer since I ventured into the city. The first thing that caught my eye was the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center with its daunting structure and pane’s of reflective glass. It only took me a seconds to find a parking space and set out on capturing the dynamic cityscape reflecting in the glass. The building is an ever changing piece of art.
Once completed and ith little time left to spare I headed off to meet my friends Kat, Kim and Joe for introductions, conversation and a welcome drink to start the afternoon off. We met at a very cool open-air bar called Eden that was connected to Enzian Cinema, an alternative theater that hosts the Florida Film Festival each year. Kat and Kim own an event planning company and my friend Joe has been in and out of the hospitality industry forever so I thought it would be a good introduction for all involved. As we completed our social gathering I knew I had a few hours before meeting up again, so I headed back downtown to see if I could capture the sunset at Eola Park with its magnificent fountain. With the setting sun and the colors on the fountain ever changing, it appeared to be the best way to cap off a wonderful day in Orlando.
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~ dennis keim ~