Las Olas River House

2008 APRIL 15
Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I may have shared my background with you guys, but it was so long ago I can’t remember. That being said, I want to take some time out to share views of my hometown.

I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, about 25 miles north of Miami. I lived there the first 30 years of my life before my 2009 New Year’s resolution sent me to the West Coast and a new beginning.

I loved Downtown because of the water, which is connected to the Intracoastal, which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean. My Friday nights were spent walking along the Riverwalk walk shown in this photo. The movie theater, Pizzeria, and Blockbuster IMAX Theater nearby where also places I loved to go. The architecture here is the “Las Olas River House.” Yes, spiffy. Not a bad view from the top, I imagine.

Umm, it never snowed, being South Florida. We had two seasons all year, spring and summer (aka hot and hotter). Humidity off the charts, but I was used to it. Winter was hit and miss as far as getting really cold air. We had Hurricane Season from June…to December, I think. But it was rare to get hit by a really bad hurricane. Thunderstorms. Often. lol.

A warning note to visitors, the closer you get to Miami, the crazier people drive. The interstate is like participating in a NASCAR event, so if you can drive well here, you can drive well anywhere only second to Los Angeles, maybe New York.

Also, it’s quite rare to meet someone that was born in Florida because the state is basically a retirement and vacation spot. Less taxes. Lots of people from the North, New York, etc., especially during winter time. They have to escape the cold. Also, people from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, overseas…all in South Florida. So, the culture is a mixture of…everyone. Northern Florida, no, that’s Deep South. South Florida, mixture.

2008 APRIL 18
The water in the first photo leads to this spot. The group of buildings bunched together in the background on the horizon is where the “River House” sits. And yes, there are so many yachts around it’s crazy. During my breaks from college, I worked for a company as a Nautical Chart Corrector. I would have to meticulously draw on the Charts small symbols, which would warn yacht owners of construction, pipes, etc. in the middle of the ocean, so they’d avoid it. Everything was measured by latitude and longitude.

2008 MARCH 14
Finally, the water from the second photo leads here. To the right, on the other side of the long line of trees is the Atlantic Ocean. On this particular morning, I drove out there to get photos of the sunrise.

Well, this is the beginning of my archive in photography. The first day begins on 2008 MARCH 12…and I’ve been taking photos ever since. Though, I did not have a DSLR in 2010; I had to sell my photo equipment to help me stay in college. I wanted to finish and not move back to the East Coast without a Degree. That would have been disappointing.

Looking through the 2008 folders, there are so many jewels I completely forgot about! I can add them to the photography collection. 🙂 Oh, I will share one of the jewels I found later today, so you can see what Fort Lauderdale Beach looks like.

God bless.
Eric Christopher Jackson


  1. I’ve been to Florida twice (Disney) its nice to see the larger area.

    • Really?! Everyone loves Disney. My parents took me to Disney World when I was a kid. Then, I went to Disneyland when I moved to the West Coast. I think Disney World is much bigger, but it’s great to see where the theme park idea started.

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