This is farewell to my series of postcards from America. I shall leave you with one last view of the iconic Bay bridge as depicted on one of the lovely Heart installations in Union Square.
It won’t however be farewell to posts about my USA trips as I still have several ideas and photos that have yet to be published.
Sunset over Hyde Street Pier San Francisco
People don’t often associate San Francisco with beaches, but there are some around. One of the reasons I like to stay in Fisherman’s Wharf is the fact that I can go down to the beach at sunset and see the colours over the bay. The historic ships at Hyde Street Pier add to the atmosphere.
Fort Lauderdale beach on a very windy and humid day
When we arrived in Fort Lauderdale after a long flight to Miami and an hours drive in a taxi from the airport to our hotel, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, we decided to stretch our legs and go for a short walk. The walk was even shorter than expected as we had not realised just how hot and humid it was even in September. Before we even made it to the road we decided that perhaps a nice cold G&T in the bar would be more pleasant.
The Everglades in Florida is made up of coastal mangroves, sawgrass marshes and pine flatwoods that are home to hundreds of animal species including ubiquitous Florida alligators. On a cloudy day we took a trip on one of the Airboats through the waterways to find those alligators in the water. Seeing one swimming lazily towards the boat, eyes just above the water getting close and personal is quite an experience. It is quite exhilarating as the Airboat picks up speed and heads for the river of grass heading into miles of wetlands – thoughts of Miami Vice or CSI Miami entered my head, hoping we didn’t discover a dead body in the reeds. Our tour ended with a bizarre Gator wrestling match and seeing baby gators (with their mouths tied up). It wasn’t something I would repeat although the boat trip was fun.
“They Also Faced the Sea” was an art installation of five large black and white photographs of Provincetown women of Portuguese descent mounted on a building on the end of Fisherman’s Wharf in Provincetown Harbor (2003 – 2005). Norma Holt’s beautiful portraits of Almeda Segura, Eva Silva, Mary Jason, Bea Cabral and Frances Raymond are meant to represent all the women of Provincetown who over the years have been the backbone of this vital fishing village. The installation was designed to help keep the spirit and the presence of the Portuguese culture alive. Please click on the link to find out more about these women and this installation.