Five-Years Ago (10-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 7: Merritt Island and Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse.

Before starting my drive back to New Jersey, I spent the morning on Merritt Island. First for sunrise at Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore, then for a drive through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — both along Biolab Road and Black Point Wildlife Drive. The previous day there was heavy fog in the morning so I didn’t go to Playalinda beach. This beach is favored by surf fishermen. While driving north I also stopped at the Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida.

Rather that using the big telephoto lenses, all of the images on this day were taken with a Nikon D700 with a 28-300 mm VR lens, a Leica X2, or a Nikon 1 V2 and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens. All hand-held, no tripod.


Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 40 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 40 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lighthouse Replica at the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill. It is right across the street from the real Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lighthouse Replica at the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill. It is right across the street from the real Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Thursday (13-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip. Day 13: St. Petersburg.

Several Florida Lighthouses as Ceramic Replicas. Cape Canaveral Lighthouse; Ponce de Leon Lighthouse; Sanibel Island Lighthouse.

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Replica. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 44 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, pop-up flash +1 EV) (David J Mathre)
Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Replica. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 44 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, pop-up flash +1 EV) (David J Mathre)
Ponce de Leon Lighthouse - Ceramic Replica. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 44 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, pop-up flash +1 EV) (David J Mathre)
Ponce de Leon Lighthouse – Ceramic Replica. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 44 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, pop-up flash +1 EV) (David J Mathre)
Sanibel Island, Florida Lighthouse - Ceramic Replica. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 56 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, pop-up flash) (David J Mathre)
Sanibel Island, Florida Lighthouse – Ceramic Replica. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 56 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec, pop-up flash) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (10-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 7: Daytona Beach.

Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 camera and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 40 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec).

Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 40 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 40 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (28-November-2005) — Florida

Florida Road Trip: Amelia Island Lighthouse

The extended Mathre family was visiting Amelia Island for Thanksgiving, and more importantly to celebrate our parents 50th wedding anniversary. These images are of the Amelia Island Lighthouse taken with a Polaroid DSC-700 digital camera.

Amelia Island Lighthouse Light and Fresnel Lens. Image taken with a Polariod PDC700 digital camera. (David J Mathre)

Amelia Island Lighthouse Clockwork. Image taken with a Polariod PDC700 digital camera. (David J Mathre)

Amelia Island Lighthouse Spiral Stairway. Image taken with a Polariod PDC700 digital camera. (David J Mathre)

Amelia Island Lighthouse Spiral Stairway. Image taken with a Polariod PDC700 digital camera. (David J Mathre)

Amelia Island Lighthouse. Image taken with a Polariod PDC700 digital camera. (David J Mathre)