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Registered: August 2010
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I enjoy an occasional trip to Stepford, no sorry, Sumter Landing; it is a great place to practice nightshots, street scenes, etc. However the atmosphere of the place makes me feel really uneasy. The development, (98% white), appears to be on permanent enforced holiday. ( I guess that’s what retirement is, to those who have a healthy retirement income.) People are wandering around in couples on the boardwalks in their holiday best, or line dancing in the entertainment areas. At night there is always entertainment in one or other of the squares, canned golden oldies warble out from every bush and palm tree. You take your life in your hands crossing the street as a favourite sport appears to be mowing down jaywalkers with a suped up golf carts.
The Villages, of which this is one, has been criticized by author Andrew D. Blechman in his book Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Blechman explains how Villages developer Gary Morse has maintained firm control over local decision making in a community that sprawls across Lake, Sumter and Marion counties; he highlights the complex political and economic arrangements that gave rise to The Villages, and he asserts that few of it’s 75,000 or so residents understand, let alone oppose, the limitations on their civic power. As Blechman told National Public Radio in March 2010; Everything's owned by the developer. . . . The government is owned by the developer. Everything's privatized — and they're happy with that. You know, they've traded in the ballot box for the corporate suggestion box”
This is a picture of one of the small ferry boats that crosses the lake. Where are they going? To the golf course? To visit friends in an adjacent village? Or, is it captained by Charon, and is he taking some of the old folk across the River Styx to make room for a few sprightlier ones?
Or, maybe, they are just escaping.

Thanks to (Photo)Steve for the tip on making the lights sparkle, and to (EZ)Steve for everything else he tries to teach me!
· Date: Fri February 3, 2012 · Views: 439 ·
Keywords: The_Villages, Sumper_Landing, ferry, night_shot, illuminations,
Camera Make / Model: D7000
Lens Make / Focal Length: Sigma 18 - 200 mm OS,
State / County / Area Image Taken: Sumter Co, Fl
Country Image Taken
United States of America
Processing Software Applications Used
CS5. Col FX4

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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 64
Fri February 3, 2012 5:55pm

Sparkling photograph. Stinging commentary. The description calls to mind Southern (and probably other) Mill Towns. When personal luxury is the goal, all else is ignored.

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,707
Fri February 3, 2012 6:30pm

Striking image... best of the three posted, in my mind. The reflections, the lighting, and the paintlike feel of the composition make for a superb picture. I think I would share your sense of unease with the location... as a senior citizen I find that in a community of like minded people is not my cup of tea... perhaps one I will have to but until that time comes I prefer being a senior citizen living in a world of shared experiences, ethnic groups, age ranges, etc..


Registered: October 2010
Posts: 92
Fri February 3, 2012 11:04pm

Excellent night shot with the great lights and reflections. Better watch out they may keep you there.

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,659
Fri February 3, 2012 11:12pm

Sounds like God's waiting room - you better steer clear!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,497
Sat February 4, 2012 2:59pm

You captured all the sparkle and glitz perfectly. I'll bet a lot of the sparkle and glow is coming from these Senior "golden" folks counting their golden coins.

Registered: November 2008
Posts: 2,831
Sun February 5, 2012 5:31am

A super nocturnal Gillie, well composed with good colour and detail. Solid reflections and lovely star burst lights top it all off,

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