Good Luck in Nokomis
February 17, 2013
Janet and I have been looking for new and exciting places to take photographs and pretty much striking out at finding them. But two weeks ago we tried Nokomis—a couple of towns south of Sarasota—and lucked out. We found an old building that had been an ice house in the 1920s, long before a hurricane removed the upper stories. According to a nearby plaque on the Legacy Bike Trail, which runs in back of the building, “The Venice Ice Company produced 20 tons of ice a day to serve the southern part of the [Sarasota] county.” Sounds like a lot of ice until you remember that these were the days before electric refrigeration. I was especially happy to find industrial fans along the back of the building, perhaps installed by Emery for his welding business. We were fortunate to meet Emery himself and his dog Dandy on the porch.
Great series. i love the patterns and textures these old buildings have. And I’ll bet Emery is a real character with some stories to tell.
February 17, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Thanks, Ken. Yes, I (obviously) agree about old buildings and might even say that old anything is more interesting than most new anything. And I think you and Andy are right about Emery.
February 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM
Rust is a gorgeous colour isn’t it! Looks great in these shots and Emery looks the sort of guy you could spend a good deal of time with learning the history of the area.
February 18, 2013 at 12:12 PM
I agree, Andy: rust is a gorgeous color; I never get enough of it—to photograph. See my reply to Ken regarding Emery. I’ll have to go back there.
February 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM
the last couple remind me of Sue Jones’ fabrics. love the fans ones especially. glad you found this place. R
February 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM
The colors in the last few are Sue Jones’s pallet (see http://suecopelandjones.com), aren’t they. And what can I say about the fans; guess I’m just a fan fan.
February 18, 2013 at 9:12 PM