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This fountain was about 100 yards away when I turned a corner while driving this morning and something told me it had potential for a nice photograph. All the layering componets were there. You have a fountain with water giving movement in the foreground, some trees in the middle area, sun in the background, and lots of negative space at the top of the frame with interesting texture in the clouds.

Taken in the Baldwin Park neighborhood in Orlando, Florida. An interesting side note is this fountain is located in Blue Jacket Park which was a former Navy training area. The park is named after the USS Bluejacket, 2/3-sized replica (230 feet) of a destroyer ship that was used for training in the same general area from 1968-1993.

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The Bluejacket landlocked Navy training ship in Orlando

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The Bluejacket opening had an official ceremony in 1969, and was demolished 30 years later

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Postcard #182 (Neil Gaiman Quote)

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I started these “Postcard” posts many years ago when I blogged daily and was caught up on some production and didn’t have time to write a post. My last several days have included late night edits and early morning shoots, so I couldn’t fit any posts in. But here’s a photo I took from my location shoot yesterday that qualifies for a nice writer’s postcard.

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”
Neil Gaiman

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Scott W. Smith

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Until earlier this month I hadn’t been to the Rio Pinar Golf Club since Jimmy Carter was in The White House. But on my way to a video shoot two weeks ago I drove by the classic midcentury modern building and took this photo. (All it needs is Rick Dalton’s ‘60s Coupe de Ville in from Once Upon a Time …  in Hollywood in the driveway) Then after my shoot I drove by again and looked at the newly remodeled inside.

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It brought back memories  to the late‘70s when I was a teenager and saw Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer play in the Florida Citrus Open Invitational. (The successor to the Arnold Palmer Invitational.) 

It also brought back to memory a video shoot I did in the ‘90s with golfer Payne Stewart (top left corner) and a photo shoot I did with Greg Norman (on the other end of this wall but not in this photo) in Los Angeles way back in the ’80s. And it also brought back a more recent memory of driving by another midcentury modern building in the Orlando area about a month ago.

On August 31 I drove by The Maitland Civic Center and noticed the grip trucks and lights outside and wondered what they were shooting. When I saw the classic old cars I figured it was for the TV version of The Right Stuff that’s been in Florida shooting recently. I took a couple of photos with my iPhone but didn’t ask what they were shooting, nor did I see executive producer Leonard DiCaprio moving any C-stands around.

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P.S. And to add a little color to this post— I found this old photo online from Rio Pinar back in its heyday. Cheers…

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Scott W. Smith

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This will be my last post from my recent trip out west. Yesterday I was reminded that July 2 is the anniversary of when Hemingway took his life in Ketchum, Idaho. A few days ago I wrote a post about his gravesite, but today I thought I’d show a couple of photos I took of the town that attracted Hemingway to live after he’d traveled the world.

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From what I can gather Hemingway first visited the area in 1939. While the small downtown has grown some since Hemingway died in 1961, there are a few establishments still in existence on the main drag that Hemingway used to frequent.

There’s Christiania (now Michael’s Christiania) restaurant where Hemingway’s had a regular table (table 5), the Casino Bar which until this year stayed in the same family for 82 years and said to be where Hemingway frequented.  The Pioneer Saloon has been a Ketchum fixture since the 1950s. 

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One of my stops in my recent trip to the Northwest was in the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. While the lake there the gets more press I was captivated by the beautifully restored hand carved Coeur d’Alene Carousel.

Parts of the Sundance Film Festival winning movie Smoke Signals (1998 ) were shot in the area.

Scott W. Smith

 

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Postcard #179 (Wallace, Idaho)

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The biggest surprise on my recent trip out west was Wallace, Idaho—a old mining town east of Coeur d’Alene on the border of Northern Idaho and Montana. According to Wikipedia, the filmed part of Dante’s Peak (1997) in Wallace.

Scott W. Smith

 

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Postcard #178 (Going-to-the-Sun Road)

Driving on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park this week in Montana instantly goes down as one of the best drives of my life.

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On Monday I drove by The Roxy Theater in Missoula. Montana where I was able to take a few shots before the early evening sun became hidden by a large cloud.

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No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
—John Donne (from the poem For Whom the Bell Tolls)

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Yesterday I visited Ernest Hemingway’s grave in Ketchum, Idaho. After college I did the drive around the county and find yourself thing and made a stop in Ketchum. This was in the days before cell phones and points of interest were harder to gather and I missed seeing his grave.

I read my first Hemingway book when I was 17 years old. Not because I knew he was a literary giant, but because The Old Man and the Sea was the thinnest book of the selection that my American Literature teacher offered us to chose to do a report on.

A couple of years later I visited Hemingway’s house in Key West and wondered what Key West was like back before it became a cruise ship tourist mecca. I wonder the same thing about Ketchum. It’s a much more refined town than when I visited back in the ‘80s. It’s more like Aspen than Ketchum of the 1950s and 60s when Hemingway liked to rub shoulders in bars with everyday people. But it’s a fine mountain town that I’d love to call home.

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The Sun Valley Lodge is just a mile or so from downtown Ketchum and is said to be where Hemingway finished writing the novel For Whom the Bell Tolls.

P.S. Here’s the view looking west from Hemingway’s grave. Fitting for a man who had a love for nature going back to his younger days spent in northern Michigan.

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Scott W. Smith 

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When I visited Shoshone Falls yesterday I overheard someone say “I didn’t even know this was here.”  But it’s right there in Twin Falls, Idaho. It’s off the radar for many people, but not far off Interstate. And and it’s not only been there quite a while, but said to be 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls.  I was fortunate enough to stop by on a blue sky day and still catch a rainbow.

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