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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.


West Palm Beach sign by raptoralex, on Flickr


Downtown West Palm Beach by raptoralex, on Flickr


Palm Harbor Marina by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


Row of palm trees by raptoralex, on Flickr


One Watermark Place by raptoralex, on Flickr


Palm Beach Biltmore by raptoralex, on Flickr


Carefree Theatre by raptoralex, on Flickr


Prado Condos by raptoralex, on Flickr


One and Two City Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


Trump Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr


One City Plaza by raptoralex, on Flickr


City Palms condominiums by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


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


South Cove Natural Area sign by raptoralex, on Flickr


Man-made island by raptoralex, on Flickr


Red mangrove and crabs by raptoralex, on Flickr


South Cove Natural Area by raptoralex, on Flickr


Palm Beach County Courthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr


Historic Palm Beach County Courthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


Palm tree shadows by raptoralex, on Flickr


Boardwalk by raptoralex, on Flickr


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.


Lone lamp by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


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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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.


Shops in Northwood Village by raptoralex, on Flickr

And back to downtown.

CityPlace South Tower and the tracks by raptoralex, on Flickr


Passing yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


Palm Beach across the intracoastal by raptoralex, on Flickr


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.

Political signs by raptoralex, on Flickr


Candidate supporters outside polling place by raptoralex, on Flickr


Political signs by raptoralex, on Flickr


Polynesian torches by raptoralex, on Flickr
Torches on Clematis Street


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.


Pier by raptoralex, on Flickr


Sailboat at rest by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


Abandoned building in West Palm Beach by raptoralex, on Flickr


Historic Prospect Park-Monceaux by raptoralex, on Flickr


Banyan trees by raptoralex, on Flickr


Park sculpture by raptoralex, on Flickr

Lastly:

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


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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Discussion Starter · #11 ·
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.


Centurion Tower by raptoralex, on Flickr


Dreher Park pond by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


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


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


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


Yacht passing under open drawbridge by raptoralex, on Flickr


Church and high-rise by raptoralex, on Flickr


Flamingo Park roundabout by raptoralex, on Flickr

Here's more of that house I previewed.

House on a barge by raptoralex, on Flickr


Moving a house by raptoralex, on Flickr


House on a barge by raptoralex, on Flickr
 

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Discussion Starter · #12 ·
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.


Man and his dog by raptoralex, on Flickr


The Strand condos by raptoralex, on Flickr


Foreign license plate by raptoralex, on Flickr


First Draw yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr


Zeidel's by raptoralex, on Flickr


Mary Alice II by raptoralex, on Flickr


Arianna yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr


Remember When yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr


Yacht bows by raptoralex, on Flickr


Yachts and West Palm Beach skyline by raptoralex, on Flickr


Kismet yacht by raptoralex, on Flickr


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.


High-rise, oceanside condos by raptoralex, on Flickr


Fishing boat by raptoralex, on Flickr


Jupiter lighthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr


Jupiter lighthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr


Fishing on the beach by raptoralex, on Flickr


Coral skull by raptoralex, on Flickr


Waves washing away by raptoralex, on Flickr


Waves on seashells by raptoralex, on Flickr


Jupiter lighthouse by raptoralex, on Flickr
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
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.


Gold Coast condos by raptoralex, on Flickr


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.


Lake Worth Pier by raptoralex, on Flickr


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

Of course, there's some modernization too:

Condos and old sign by raptoralex, on Flickr


Rustico restaurant by raptoralex, on Flickr


Downtown Lake Worth buildings by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


Hummingbird Hotel by raptoralex, on Flickr


Hummingbird Hotel sign by raptoralex, on Flickr


Rowe building by raptoralex, on Flickr


Downtown Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr


Art Deco sign by raptoralex, on Flickr


Downtown Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr


Downtown Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr


The Promenade at Lake Worth by raptoralex, on Flickr
 

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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.


Great blue heron by raptoralex, on Flickr


Dragonfly by raptoralex, on Flickr


Do not feed or molest alligators by raptoralex, on Flickr


Boardwalk through the trees by raptoralex, on Flickr


Alligator by raptoralex, on Flickr


Reflection by raptoralex, on Flickr


Lily pads by raptoralex, on Flickr


Anole by raptoralex, on Flickr


Double-crested cormorant by raptoralex, on Flickr


Alligator by raptoralex, on Flickr


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


Great blue heron by raptoralex, on Flickr


Dead tree by raptoralex, on Flickr


Florida red-bellied turtle by raptoralex, on Flickr


Flying wood stork by raptoralex, on Flickr


Great egret eating a lizard by raptoralex, on Flickr


Florida red-bellied turtle by raptoralex, on Flickr


Green heron by raptoralex, on Flickr


Pied-billed grebe chick by raptoralex, on Flickr
 

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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! :hug:
 
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