Red Shouldered Hawk Thunder Storm

Shannon and I went out birding with our Panasonic DMC-GH2 and a telephoto lens I rented for trying our hand with birding pics (Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4.0-5.6 Micro Four Thirds Lens).

As soon we had piled in the truck with our kids and Zoe to travel to the trail for our walk a Thunder Storm broke. Our nature walk turned in to a nature truck ride through our neighborhood. We got some photos of woodpeckers and a Little Blue Heron.

The most spectacular sighting is a common resident in our woods – the Red Shouldered Hawk. They’re amazing birds. I see them on my runs almost every time I’m out and I always marvel at them. This was a particularly fun spotting because the Hawk was holding his wings out to keep them as dry as possible in the storm. He looked most displeased.

We took quite a few photos and this is one of my favorites, taken from the driver’s side window of our truck. We liked that you could see the drop of water about to drip off of his beak.

1515 S. Flagler Dr Building Implosion West Palm Beach FL

Standing just half a mile from our home in West Palm Beach Florida, 1515 S. Flagler Drive has stood vacant and hurricane ravaged since 2004. A silent companion to my daily walks along the intracoastal waterway with my two dogs, the building, long an eyesore to residents, was strangely a comforting sight to me amongst all the perfection and money that makes up this little slice of South Florida.

Years of wrangling between developers, the city and nearby residents finally culminated in a spectacular building implosion on Valentine’s Day – February 14, 2010.

The third largest building implosion in the U.S. went flawlessly with none of the nearby buildings sustaining any major damage. Chalk another successful blast up for The Kelly family of Advanced Explosives Demolitions of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho. I read in an earlier article that the family planned to have their five year old daughter push the button.

Most spectators were jubilant about the building going down but one viewer who was crying told my sister-in-law that it reminded her of 911.

Over the last few months I’ve read great stories of people who grew up in the building and they’ve expressed fond memories about their former home, memories of family, relatives who have passed on, and happy holidays spent in the building. The permanence of physical things in comparison to our own flesh and blood has always been a fascination for me. Perhaps that’s why this building’s death was so compelling to me. I’ve shot lots of video of the building from all different angles and taken many pictures as well. The building has always been a subject for me even before it was set to be taken down.

I was always hopeful they would restore the building as it had a great South Florida style that’s unlikely to be rivaled by the modern building that will replace it soon.

So long 1515 South.