Monday, May 4, 2009

The last run is over for the day at Silver Springs


There are several river boats plying the Silver River at Silver Springs Park on the east side of Ocala. This one is coming home at the end of the day as the tourists head for the parking lot.

24 comments:

Hilda said...

Sigh. Another gorgeous photo, Jacob.

Tash said...

Tranquil and warm...end of shift...who could ask for anything more. Cheers!

Vogon Poet said...

You cold have titled this wonderful image 'Silver Springs in Gold'! Great shot.

cieldequimper said...

Are the tourists that were heading back to the parking lot hiding behind those deck chairs so that you can't photograph them? I like the colours in this one, and the wooden quayside is gorgeous!

magiceye said...

extremely pleasing image!
love it

Olivier said...

c'est une très belle photo, j'aime la lumiére sur le bateau et l'eau.
c'est une très belle photo, j'aime la lumiére sur le bateau et l'eau.

Per Stromsjo said...

Do all tourists arrive by car? I prefer to go by train whenever I can. Obviously dependent on the kind of geography involved.

Joy said...

This is such a beautiful scene, Jacob. Me thinks my husband and I should have visited Ocala instead of Miami (which we didn't enjoy) in 2007!

Love boats cruising down the river ever so serenely.

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Jacob said...

@ Joy - I understand your feelings about Miami...we lived 20 years in Ft. Lauderdale and are quite happy with our move to Ocala. You can visit here next time maybe - we could should you around...

Jacob said...

@ Per Stromsjo - I wish so much we had decent public transportation...we don't. We have highways and cars! Anytime we do anywhere, we hop into a car as there are really no viable alternatives.

Some cities, of course, like New York and Boston, have good public transportation, but they are the exception, not the rule.

Jacob said...

@ Ciel - Yes, I told the tourists to duck just before I shot the picture.

Actually, I think the place had pretty well emptied out by then.

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful place, Jacob!I loved this shot!
I guess it is very expensive to use like day by day.
Léia

Lois said...

The water looks so nice! I used to love going on the glass-bottomed boats at Silver Springs when I was a kid!

Saretta said...

Lovely light!

Christopher Raun Leth said...

This seems like the perfect place for some peace and quiet. A beautiful sjot.

Halcyon said...

Beautiful! Love the reflections.

westondailyphoto said...

looks so peaceful....

PRH....... said...

First visited Silver Springs in February 1961 when our 6th grade class from Venice Elementary took our field trip there...although only about 100 miles away, it seemed like riding the bus across the country....took my wife and kids there some 40 years later....Silver Springs had not changed that much, the area? Well that's a different stroy.

Jacob said...

@ PRH - You are right. Our first trip to Silver Springs was in 1988. It has changed cosmetically some since then (e.g., the animals on the islands are gone) but it is essentially the same...except...a new company has bought it and shut it down except for about 3 days a week. Just not enough business. Everyone heads to Orlando these days where all the big attractions are.

I would have loved to see it in 1961.

Marie-Noyale said...

Beautiful and peaceful...
That last ride must be gorgeous,when the sun is less hot,and the colors softer...

PJ said...

The sunlight is beautiful, Jacob. I'll bet that boatride is a great way to spend some time.

D said...

This brings back vague fleeting vacation memories. I was about five when we visited silver springs! (note to self must get back there soon)

Per Stromsjo said...

And obviously there's a correlation between the observations. The absence of decent public transportation encourages city planning and personal planning to center everything around the car and then it's a heck of a job to turn things around.

Jacob said...

@ Per Stromsjo - If it can ever be turned around...it was during the Eisenhower administration that this country decided to build Interstates rather than railroads...the beginning of the end...

Then people moved further out from the center city and roads were built and everyone needed cars. One family in our subdivision has seven cars!

There are attempts in some communities to change this with modest results. It won't happen quickly...

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson