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Bella Collina, Monteverde, FL

I was able to experiment a little with painting with light and night star photography out at Bella Collina.    I of course took advantage of the beautiful sunset before hand and then wander for the next 6 hours photographing the beautiful grounds.

There is such a place in Central Florida that transplants you into another part of the world. The view of Bella Collina in Monteverde, FL resting up on a hillside cries out Tuscany in every sense. From the cobble stone roads that lead up to the majestic country club, to every stone imported from Italy that builds its structure, I felt I gone back to the breath taking land where wine flows like water and the cities are saturated with history. I’ve had great pleasure to photograph this exclusive country club and its property on several occasions. With every visit I’m inspired even more.

For years I’ve driven past this unfinished glass building on Interstate 4 near Altamonte Springs, never really knowing its full story.  I know it’s been under construction off and on for at least 10 years and no one ever really knows when it is supposed to be finished.  It apparently had even taken on the nick name  the “I-4 Eyesore” for a long while until it was covered in glass. Researching it a bit, I found out that it is owned by a Christian television station and has been built entirely on donated money.  Hence the reason it’s unfinished, while the owners collect more donated money to fund it’s completion.

For me it has always caught my interest as a photographer.  The bottom half looks abandoned and unfinished while in contrast the upper half looks like a modern sky scraper encompassed by reflective glass.  It particularly pops out of the sky when the sun is setting and reflecting off the mirrored surface of the building.  Passing it by for years, I finally  took a chance and made a special trip to go out and photograph it.   Hoping for a beautiful sunset, I received exactly what I was looking for.

Altamonte Glass Building I-4 eyesore sunset reflection Altamonte Glass Building I-4 eyesore sunset reflection Altamonte Glass Building I-4 eyesore sunset reflection Altamonte Glass Building I-4 eyesore sunset reflection Altamonte Glass Building I-4 eyesore sunset reflection

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