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Photo of the Day ~ Street Scenes Category ~ March 16, 2009

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Watch Town Castillo de la Real Fuerza
by William MacKenzie (wmackenzie) 
Camera:
Sony Cyber Shot DSC-R1
Location:
Havana
 
Cuba

Photographer Notes:
Isabel de Bobadilla, married Hernando de Soto the famous explorer in 1537 and he was named governor of Cuba and Adelantado de Florida. Her husband left Cuba for his expedition in Florida (1539 to 1543) and she became the only woman governor in the history of Cuba. The Castillo de la Real Fuerza has a statue on its watchtower, representing a woman, La Giraldilla (small vane or weather-cock in the form of a statue). It is suggested that it was placed there to honor Isabel de Bobadilla who is said to have watched every day for the return of her husband from his expedition. He died of yellow fever in 1542 on the banks of the Mississippi River at present-day Lake Village, Arkansas.


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Dave Longfellow commented on March 16, 2009 07:41:
Great lines and movement in this shot. Thanks for the history lesson.
William MacKenzie commented on March 16, 2009 08:13:
Thank You... I wish I could correct the typo in the title 'Watch Tower" not 'Watch Town'
Connie Gordon commented on March 16, 2009 10:20:
beautiful shot and great notes. to bad there are not options to correct on here but we understand. congrats - well deserved.
Linn Smith commented on March 16, 2009 11:57:
Thank you for taking the time to write about the history behind this tower...beautiful reflections and perspective! Congratulations on your win today!
Linda commented on March 16, 2009 13:16:
Nice angles! congrats on your POTD!
Robin-Lee Vieira commented on March 16, 2009 15:00:
Wonderful information makes this more than just a nice shot! Wonderful textures, reflections and a great POV! Congrats!
Pat Cigallio Wesa commented on March 16, 2009 16:54:
An excellent street scene from a grand perspective with lovely reflections. Congrats, William!
Helen McHugh commented on March 17, 2009 04:52:
Wonderful capture of this historic tower, William! Your information notes are fascinating..thanks for sharing! congratulations on your POTD win!
Jane Mountain commented on March 22, 2009 14:59:
I somehow missed this one - you have a great shot here. I love the muted colors, the textures of the stone work, and the reflections in the very still waters. Well done.


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