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Old October 17th, 2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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West Palm Beach

Hello, all. I've been in West Palm Beach, Fla., for about two months now. I moved here from Austin, Texas. Now that I've mostly settled in, I've gone out and taken a few pictures of the city.

West Palm Beach is severely underrepresented here, so I thought I'd try to rectify that. West Palm Beach is in the northern part of the South Florida metropolitan area, which has a population of 5.5 million. West Palm Beach has about 100,000 people, and Palm Beach County has 1.5 million.

West Palm Beach sits along the east coast of Florida. Immediately to its east is Palm Beach island, (part-time) home of some of the wealthiest people on the planet (they roost in New York, Connecticut, etc. in the summer months). Between the Palm Beaches rests the Intracoastal Waterway. Beyond Palm Beach island is the Atlantic.

Enjoy West Palm Beach.

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West Palm Beach sign by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Downtown West Palm Beach by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Palm Harbor Marina by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Triumphant Lady yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr
An example of the wealth here.

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Row of palm trees by raptoralex, on Flickr

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One Watermark Place by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Palm Beach Biltmore by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Carefree Theatre by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Prado Condos by raptoralex, on Flickr

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One and Two City Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Trump Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr
These twin skyscrapers are the tallest buildings in the city.

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Trump Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr

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One City Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr

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City Palms condominiums by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Dock and two high-rises downtown by raptoralex, on Flickr
McKeen Towers (left) and The Strand apartments

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Phillips Point East and West (left) and Esperante by raptoralex, on Flickr
Esperante is the fifth tallest building in the city.

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South Cove Natural Area sign by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Man-made island by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Red mangrove and crabs by raptoralex, on Flickr

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South Cove Natural Area by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Palm Beach County Courthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Historic Palm Beach County Courthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Royal Park Bridge by raptoralex, on Flickr
This is one of three bridges that link West Palm Beach and Palm Beach.

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Palm tree shadows by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Boardwalk by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Clematis Street by raptoralex, on Flickr
This is where lots of bars, restaurants and nightclubs are. It's the popular street at night, though it's small and can't compare with Sixth Street in Austin.

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Lone lamp by raptoralex, on Flickr

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El Cid apartments by raptoralex, on Flickr
El Cid is a historic neighborhood just south of downtown and next to the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Flagler Pointe Condominums and Intracoastal Waterway by raptoralex, on Flickr
About a mile north of downtown. In the distance on the right are the skyscrapers of Singer Island. I'll make a visit there to get shots. It's really modern and has high-rises lining the entire beach.

So that's West Palm Beach. I'll come back and update this thread as I get out more. I hope you like it.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 04:50 AM   #2
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I always look at this place as a classy, high end resort city.
I was expecting a vibrant street scenes, shops and cafes.
thanks anyways, nice place though.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 07:37 AM   #3
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nice new thread for West Palm Beach, thanks for the great photos...
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Old October 18th, 2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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Wonderful, very nice photos from West Palm Beach
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Old October 19th, 2012, 03:35 AM   #5
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I look at the city as neat and very relaxing.
will appreciate some shots of the night life.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 08:11 AM   #6
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Furniture store in Northwood Village by raptoralex, on Flickr
A little north of where I live is a neighborhood called Northwood Village. The city's trying to transform it into a district with arts, cafes and shops. So far it's just got about one and a half streets of little stores like this.

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Shops in Northwood Village by raptoralex, on Flickr

And back to downtown.
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CityPlace South Tower and the tracks by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Passing yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Landmark Memorial by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Palm Beach across the intracoastal by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Sitting by the water by raptoralex, on Flickr

Don't forget Florida is a swing state. These were taken the Wednesday before Election Day. I voted early because I work on the big day.
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Political signs by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Candidate supporters outside polling place by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Political signs by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Polynesian torches by raptoralex, on Flickr
Torches on Clematis Street

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Flagler Museum and moonrise by raptoralex, on Flickr
Henry Flagler founded Palm Beach. He was a railroad man and is the reason South Florida is a vacation destination. The name Flagler is all around the city.

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Pier by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Sailboat at rest by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Intracoastal Waterway on a clear, blue day by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Abandoned building in West Palm Beach by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Historic Prospect Park-Monceaux by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Banyan trees by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Park sculpture by raptoralex, on Flickr

Lastly:
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Charles by raptoralex, on Flickr
This is Charles. He's homeless.

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Charles' things by raptoralex, on Flickr
This is everything Charles had with him. I wanted to try to show the dichotomy of the two cities split by a thin strip of water called the Intracoastal Waterway, or Lake Worth Lagoon. On one side is exorbitant wealth; on the other is the rest of us just trying to get by.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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When you move in West Palm Beach, you take the house with you too.

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House on a barge by raptoralex, on Flickr

More photos from the area are coming soon.
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Old December 15th, 2012, 01:27 AM   #8
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cool photos specially the last one...incredible to move a house in one piece.
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Old December 19th, 2012, 09:04 AM   #9
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Good Post cant wait for the Update ...laughs at Allen west banner lol
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Old December 21st, 2012, 01:47 AM   #10
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cool pics...I love them.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 08:35 PM   #11
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I know West Palm Beach isn't terribly interesting. My photos show that (and I try to show it in my photos). But I'm trying to make it seem sort of cool. I mean, there are about 50 miles of beaches here and apparently some wildlife areas (I hope to make it to the wildlife places someday). So here's more of this city.

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Centurion Tower by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Dreher Park pond by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Desolate downtown West Palm Beach by raptoralex, on Flickr
This is downtown on a Sunday. It's not busy at all.

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Saint James Residence by raptoralex, on Flickr
Senior living high-rise in downtown

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Landmark Memorial by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Public docks by raptoralex, on Flickr
Docks on the Intracoastal Waterway

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Yacht passing under open drawbridge by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Church and high-rise by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Flamingo Park roundabout by raptoralex, on Flickr

Here's more of that house I previewed.
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House on a barge by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Moving a house by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Old April 1st, 2013, 10:22 PM   #12
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Man, this thread's dead. I'm taking it as an indicator that no one cares about the WPB area. I just got a new lens (70-200 F4L) and wanted to take it out, so enjoy these photos.

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Man and his dog by raptoralex, on Flickr

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The Strand condos by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Foreign license plate by raptoralex, on Flickr

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First Draw yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Zeidel's by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Mary Alice II by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Arianna yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Remember When yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Yacht bows by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Yachts and West Palm Beach skyline by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Kismet yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr

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543 yachts and vessels on display by raptoralex, on Flickr


These next photos are from the Jupiter Inlet, which is north of West Palm Beach. There's a lighthouse there. Some of these were taken with my old telephoto lens, so they're not that sharp. I'm planning on visiting again soon.

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High-rise, oceanside condos by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Fishing boat by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Jupiter lighthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Jupiter lighthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Fishing on the beach by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Coral skull by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Waves washing away by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Waves on seashells by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Old April 12th, 2013, 08:54 PM   #13
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Lake Worth

Recently I visited Lake Worth, which is the city immediately south of West Palm Beach. I walked around the two main roads downtown for a few hours. It's got a really old-time feel to it with some modernization. I'm planning on going back when it's sunny so I can get some less dreary photos.

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Gold Coast condos by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Gulf Stream Hotel by raptoralex, on Flickr
This hotel has some history to it. Read about it on Wikipedia. It was built in 1923, it faces the Intracoastal Waterway, and is the only remaining grand hotel from the Roaring '20s in the Palm Beach area.

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Lake Worth Pier by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Downtown West Palm Beach from Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr

Of course, there's some modernization too:
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Condos and old sign by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Rustico restaurant by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Downtown Lake Worth buildings by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Red, white and blue fire hydrant by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Hummingbird Hotel by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Hummingbird Hotel sign by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Rowe building by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Downtown Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Art Deco sign by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Downtown Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Downtown Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr

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The Promenade at Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr
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I love the architecture of this city - the red-tiled roofed buildings, the art decoes and the contemporaries.
does the touristy areas get more vibrant during the summertime?
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I'm not sure how vibrant it gets. All the really wealthy people and snowbirds come here during the winter and spring, and I've only lived here since August. Maybe after the rich people leave, other people come to enjoy the summer.
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Do you guys care about wilderness preserves? I know they're not urban and skyscrapery, but they're part of this county. Some are pretty nice. I could post more photos from them.

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There are nature preserves throughout Palm Beach County and South Florida. The three I've visited so far are Grassy Waters Preserve, Wakodahatchee Wetlands and Green Cay Nature Center. They're essentially the same, so I don't feel there's a need to differentiate. You can click on the photos to see where they are.

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Dragonfly by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Do not feed or molest alligators by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Boardwalk through the trees by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Alligator by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Reflection by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Lily pads by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Anole by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Double-crested cormorant by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Alligator by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Juvenile great blue heron in a nest by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Great blue heron by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Dead tree by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Florida red-bellied turtle by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Flying wood stork by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Great egret eating a lizard by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Florida red-bellied turtle by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Green heron by raptoralex, on Flickr

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Pied-billed grebe chick by raptoralex, on Flickr
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Some great shots here, I love all the nature photos as well.

While everyone knows the famous place on the island, its good to see the West. And it all looks very different to Austin.
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First time viewing this thread after a few visits, and I notice that the flora and fauna found near your city looks much more wonderful than the many mansions and high-end apartments I see next to the Atlantic because I can observe unique insects and animals found on the swampland, as well as migratory birds... truly, your city may be a playground for the rich, but I sense that West Palm Beach seems to accommodate small, multicultural shops as well, which I truly like as a stark contrast (especially true for Northwood Village)! Lake Worth, though, may be an exception to the high-end structures I see, in which I find the Rowe Building being the most interesting building, architecture-wise, among most other structures because of the amount of detail that makes it unique. The best pic so far from your initial collections, though, would be the night shots: indeed, West Palm Beach may be tamer than Miami, but, the nighttime pics look really spectacular and less cluttered than many other nearby cities.

Splendid pics, my friend! Keep them coming!
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