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Orange Bowl 2

Late afternoon drive home. I-4 is tied up west-bound, so I stay on the 408 because the traffic is much clearer. As soon as I pass over I-4 I see the Citrus Bowl off to my right. The setting sun lights the big hulking structure rather dramatically, so I exited the 408 at John Young and looped back east towards the bowl.

I parked in a sand lot next to Lake Lorna Doone, grabbed an E-1, and just started walking towards the north end of the bowl next to Church Street. It was very late, the sun was almost set, and the rich gold light bathed everything with a warm radiance. I thought about trying to compensate in post but decided to just let it stay the way the E-1 essentially recorded it.

Orange Bowl 1


On the way back to the car I walked along the edge of Lake Lorna Doone. It's a sink-hole lake, used as a drainage basin for that part of Orlando. The water's edge is filled with rushes, and cypress trees grow right on the shoreline. I parked next to a huge spreading live oak. When I came back a decidedly fearless anole had taken up residence on the trunk and was giving me the challenging eye the whole time I was standing next to him. Kept an eye on me, but didn't move off the way most would have.

Marching Cypris

Need to stop by again tomorrow, sun permitting. Tinker Field is right next to the Citrus Bowl, and it looks interesting in the late afternoon light.


  1. I really like these landscape-style and/or nature photos of yours, Bill. I myself do it by far not often enough - there are less than 30 photos in my 'landscape' folder at Flickr.

    But then again, this is Hessen, not Bavaria, where we used to live some 4 years ago. Bavaria is wonderful. Here I have to search for the good parts.

  2. Thanks, Wolfgang. Sometimes documenting your urban area means documenting everything, good and bad.


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