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Cookie Crumbled

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 28 February 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Stuff spotted. Not an image slated for the Florida Dept. of Tourism "See Florida" brochure... A once popular concrete fishing pier continues to sit in ruins along the beach at Anna Maria Island. I'm sure there must be some good reason for not having it cleared away or repaired.

Meanwhile, out over the water it makes for a great seagull and pelican roost.

Panasonic DMC-LS70 1/250 second F/9.0 ISO 100 7 mm

Rags from Plano, United States

Maybe they did not clear it because they wanted you to take a pic of it. It does not make sense to me why they left it to rust like that.

28 Feb 2008 5:10am

@Rags: Yes, they wanted it to appear here on Am3. Ha-ha! Ok, now to take it down...

e. from New York, NY, United States

Wow, that's fallen into quite some disrepair. Great capture.

28 Feb 2008 6:07am

@e.: thanks e.

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

It looks like a hurricane did that. wonderful shot.

28 Feb 2008 6:21am

@Michael Skorulski: That would be my guess, too. A hurricane.

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Its like a mini mountain range ll, I like it =D)

28 Feb 2008 9:32am

@drphoto: Yes, I thought so too. Thanks. You have an artist's imagination.

Peter Miller from Lichfield, United Kingdom

You certainly take some unusual shots

28 Feb 2008 11:01am

@Peter Miller: Thanks (...I guess).

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

They must be waiting on the federal government to make a declaration on possible funding assistance. So it may be like that for a while. ;-) Thankfully, it wasn't <i>THE</i> Anna Maria pier.

28 Feb 2008 1:24pm

@Steven: It will be here forever if we wait on FEMA... maybe a "small wonder of the world" in process of happening. You can say you've seen it here first. Ha!

vu@granby - Wolfgang Prigge from Granby, QC, Canada

As I can see from Steven's comment, in the US you too have this "blame the feds" game, it's not only in Canada! :-) Interesting photo...

28 Feb 2008 2:01pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang Prigge: Ha! Blame the Feds is our national pastime. We only say baseball is for the sake of appearances...

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

er,under preservation,perhaps?LOL.Very interesting lifestyle shots Uncle VF:)

28 Feb 2008 2:44pm

@tyan: heh, not likely preservation, more likely negligence.

Man With 101 Names from Hamburg, United States

lol, yeah I guess you would not see that in a travel brochure ... and you would think from a liability standpoint you would remove it before anyone hurt themselves and wanted to sue the state ...

The picture does have a nice feel to it though :o)

28 Feb 2008 3:13pm

@Man With 101 Names: It's like a lawsuit waiting to happen. I'd hate to think if someone was soaking up shade under it and one of the sections fell... ugh!

Reza from Montreal, Canada

Very nice indeed.

28 Feb 2008 4:12pm

@Reza: Thank you.

MJ from Delaware, United States

Good capture.... You take very interesting pictures... Not the same old same old...That is what I like too, it just that some people don't get it.

28 Feb 2008 5:33pm

@MJ: Thanks MJ. I appreciate your comment. We've all got our photo-preferences, which is fine. Me, I like variety, and for photos to tell stories. Glad you like variety too.

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

The reason most ruins aren't cleared away has to do with money! LOL! Nice documentation of this pier!

28 Feb 2008 5:52pm

@Craiger: $$$ You (and Pink Floyd) are probably right. Let those cash registers ring out!

danthro from Suburbia, United States

wow. great catch. nice composition too. i think that warning sign is a bit late, no?

28 Feb 2008 5:52pm

@danthro: It surprises me that more people do not go out on it anyway. But this is a pretty well-behaved island. And the beach police do come here a lot. Plus the college crowd hasn't really discovered the place yet.

Dylan from Delhi, United States

Great title for a shot like this. Yeah...I bet it would be pretty expensive to clear it out.

28 Feb 2008 5:58pm

@Dylan: To clear this baby, I guess they would have to float in a derrick barge or something like that.

Will from Gainesville, United States

great shot...love the colors:)

28 Feb 2008 6:02pm

@Will: Much appreciation!

Chris from South Jersey, United States

Great shot - I think Craiger hit the nail on the head - who wants to spend money to tear something down (unless you have something to put in it's place). Out in the farmlands where I live there are a few houses that have been abandonded for years - until someone wants to put a housing development in they will probably just sit there and rot.....

28 Feb 2008 7:48pm

Helma from Tehran, Iran

very good composition !

28 Feb 2008 8:14pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow it sure has impact, if only it were wood it would really add to the beauty of the beach, now it just distracts from it...Wonderful take though Vf ;)

29 Feb 2008 11:31am

HorseRotorVator from Newton, United States

Nothing can destroy like the powerful force of water. Nice shot! :)

29 Feb 2008 11:52am

Porcsin from Debrecen, Hungary

Excellent!
Nice barricade! It is good that we are warned not to go there with car! Anyway we can do it with Off-road car! ;)

1 Mar 2008 12:30pm

Panasonic DMC-LS70
1/250 second
F/9.0
ISO 100
7 mm

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