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Ghosthunter is coming to the good old US of A!!

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Ghosthunter, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Yes....It's true!! I'll be leaving these cold, windy British shores in October and visiting Florida for a couple weeks YAY!! Just got home from booking the holiday. We will be spending 6 nights in Orlando and doing all the Disney/Universal stuff and then driving down to Fort Lauderdale for a night, then driving down to Key West for 3 nights and then back to Fort Lauderdale for a further 3 nights before flying back home from Miami.

    While sitting in the travel agents I just kept thinking...oooooh what cameras could I buy with that money!!! but if I had bought cameras then I would not have anything to shoot as I would be stuck at home :biggrin:

    If anyone can think of anywhere to go with the family that just so happens to be super photogenic then please let me know. :smile:
     
  2. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    There's this odd "mall" not far from Disney world that is basically a old village that was completely converted to shops. It's colorful, weird, and often has some real characters in it. Wish I could remember what it was called but it's been a few years. There's a shop in there with a guy who makes puppets and that's fun. I bought one for my daughter that was a "Joe Camel" puppet and actually used him for a "model" and some improvised story telling, lol.

    I'll see if I can find out the name of the place.

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  3. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Ha ha brilliant!! I'll keep my eyes open but i think we will have more time further south as I expect to be in all the parks in the 1st week!
     
  4. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
    Scotland
    Karen
    Hi Andy

    I've never been to Florida so can't give you any useful advice about what to see and do where you are there, other than watch out for the alligators.

    Do you need to get a tourist visa to go to America these days?
     
  5. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
  6. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I just spent 5 days in the USA before heading south to Mexico. We (Australian citizens) only had to apply through ESTA under the USA's visa waiver program. I think it is the same for UK citizens as well. It cost $US14 per person.
     
  7. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

    561
    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    We too had to renew our ESTA last week so another $28 to the US Government.

    I'm back in Florida in June which is a great month for photography as the clouds build up in the afternoon giving some fantastic cloudscapes ; just before the hurricane season.
    Our basic plan is to spend most of the time at a favourite haunt near Sarasota and then perhaps go down to the Keys for a few days ; we'll probably decide after we arrive depending on the weather.

    Florida isn't blessed with many Photographic outlets but on your journey south the Leica Store at West Palm Beach is quite good and had a good range of books when I was last there to buy Leica accessories. No great savings to be made these days although another trip to Dale Photo and Digital a few miles south in Hollywood might be of interest.
    Both are almost on your route to Miami.

    Lots of Photo opportunities at the Orlando attractions but for me Florida means wildlife and visiting any of the Parks means an abundance of Birdlife , Alligators and Vegetation.
    Miami gives you a chance to shoot art deco buildings and the Keys provide Caribbean colour and wonderful sea/sky shots.

    In Fort Lauderdale eat at the Cheescake Factory at least once ..quite an experience for us Brits ; our first was in Houston and now we look out for a branch wherever we go.

    Enjoy the trip
     
  8. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

    292
    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    The Everglades, Key West, Cape Canaveral.

    Florida is flat and ugly. The wildlife is amazing. The destruction of the natural environment is equally amazing. (They even have an Australian tree that is infesting the landscape.)
     
  9. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Australian trees, Burmese pythons in the Everglades ( and moving north).

    The tumbleweed -- icon of the American southwest -- is really Russian sage, imported in the mid 19th century, that took over!
     
  10. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    Oh, which tree?
     
  11. Hikari

    Hikari SC Veteran

    292
    Jan 5, 2013
    Maine, USA
    Melaleuca quinquenervia, also called punk tree, paperbark tree, or cajeput

    Australian Pine: Casuarina species
     
  12. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Like everyone else we just need the ESTA thingy.

    I have been to Florida twice before but it was before I was into Photography so wasn't paying much attention. I will do this time.

    Thanks everyone for the ideas!
     
  13. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

    561
    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    Andy
    Do the ESTA thing sooner rather than later. It isn't automatic especially if you have a common name as a friend of mine found out when he was refused automatic entry.
     
  14. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Jason
    I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. I've done the Orlando thing a few times. While fun, once is enough I think. Since you'll be going in October, it shouldn't be too hot.