Say it with a long drawn out southern accent “Waalllldoe.”
A passing town infamously known as the number one speed trap in Florida.
Known so well, that even the American Automobile Association (AAA) has it noted in their travel guides for drivers to beware.
Established in the early 1820’s when the first permanent English speaking settlers made the area their home. In 1837, Fort Harlee was built on the Santa Fe River during the Second Seminole Indian War.
Waldo became an important railway junction for the Florida Transit Railway in the mid 1800’s. First the railway continued through to Gainesville, completed in 1859, then the route to Tampa was built to Ocala by 1881.
Today, Waldo has strong agricultural and rural Florida roots. With even Frog legs being served for lunch.
The three block downtown area is filled with closed Antique stores. A sign of the past.
Categories: 2013 Project 365, Florida, Foot Prints, history, travel
Very cool. Had never been there while living in FL. So sad to see towns closed down, but neat for photographers to visit. I thought North Port was the big speed trap area! Maybe in that part of the state. 🙂
Since you commented on this, I decided to search and see just how bad Waldo is considered a speed trap. Seems, it’s listed in the top three of the NATION ! Wow, who knew? Funny, as the last few times I’ve gone through, I haven’t seen the cops. Must be lucky.
You didn’t say, but I assume that these have been edited quite a bit. This may surprise you, but I like them, the editing goes with the mood of small towns.
Would you believe that this only took a few minutes. It’s a series of filters applied with the Nik Color Efex Pro. I do exposure edits and noise reduction in Lightroom, then add the filters in Nik. Thanks for liking these. I also think these photos lended themselves well to this treatment.
If you say so. 😉 Since I bought the 60 D, I’ve been doing less processing than ever. I’m getting close to not even cropping unless I’m doing a macro type shot.
I’ve seen a huge difference in your images. Isn’t it wonderful?
Yes, and they are continuing to improve, which is the best part.
Wonderful post and pics of Waaaalllldddooo!!! Trying my best to do a southern accent with my Minnesota you betcha🙋🙋
Now that I would love to hear. Thank you so much for the great laugh.
Congratulations!!! I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. The link to your blog is tagged in my post! 🙂 Have a great day!
You are truly too sweet Sarah, and thank you so much for your kindness. I think it is time that I share the wealth, so thank you for sharing this with me.
You’re welcome 🙂
Glad to see Randy’s Rib Shack serves ice cold beer! 😀
Got to love Florida, they sell liquor everywhere. Maryland is dry in comparison.
Love how you used the lighting and the shadows in your photos…
Thank you so much Charlie. For some reason, I went with the dramatic on this series. Like a painter, the picture paints itself.