Friday, December 05, 2008

South of the Border- Skywatch

South of the Border- Skywatch

This is a Skywatch photo that was taken last February. Anyone who has driven down Route I-95 near the border of North and South Carolina is familiar with the hundred miles of billboards that advertise this theme park/motel. After having driven by the signs half dozen times on the way to Florida we decided to stop in. The place was filled with hundreds of photo opportunities as they have some really whacky stuff, most of which is giant or at least oversized. Here is a link to Wikipedia about South of the Border . There are a lot of shots of the billboards on that page also. Although February is way off-season we were able to get a feel for the place. It has to be on the Top Ten list of Tourist Traps in the US. This picture was taken with my Sigma 17-70mm lens.

A little while back I was taking the ferry to Long Island and had some time to kill. If you miss the boat there generally is another in 90 minutes. So I drove through Bridgeport’s Seaside Park and found this end of the season picture. The park has 370 acres and was designed by two of America’s premier landscape architects, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted. The team worked together for seven years and Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City were among collaborations.

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WiseAcre said...

That brought back memories. We stopped at South of the Border with the kids about 20 years ago. The kids had fun even though the place had a run down look and feel. It's nice to see it's been spiffed up.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

so...was the food any good?
thanks for sharing your shots with us.
have a great weekend.

Gretchen said...

That first shot brings back the memories. We took the kids there when they were little. Fireworks aren't legal to purchase or set off in PA without a license, so we had to run South of the Border to get our fix. :)

misti said...

Interesting place! I haven't driven 95 that far up so if I ever do I will stop in.

Les, Zone 8a said...

For a time I lived in SC and took that drive home to VA several times a year. Those billboards were better than any odometer to mark my passage. It is a wacky place, and I am glad I stopped there once, but only once.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

The billboards are better than the actual place. It is worth stopping in to see it one time.