This past Friday was another meetup event I put together along the Miami River in Brickell. It’s a beautiful park surrounded by high rises, a partial view of the Port of Miami on one side and a bridge on the other. During sunset, the buildings light up with various colors and numerous boats go by serving as really cool light traces. If your lucky, you might even get a few tug boats going by towing an empty cargo ship, these make awesome light trails for your long exposures! Also, if you are into time lapses, this spot can really be a great area to start. There is a lot of movement! This park has ton of history too, it holds what is called the Miami Circle or Miami River Circle archaeological site that dates back to 100 A.D. Apparently, there was so some charcoal samples collected from the basin and that is where they came up with the prehistoric date. Crazy enough, it was just discovered in 1998 when a well-known developer bought the land and wanted to build a luxury high-rise. The previous building had been knocked down once the land was bought. According to the code requirements, by the City of Miami Historic Preservation, the land had to undergo a survey. That is when they discovered a piece of the circle along with tools from shells and human teeth to name a few. Once word spread, we had activists, Native Americans, Archaeologists to New Agers all come out and protest to preserve the area. Despite the fact the developer offered to remove the circle and place it elsewhere to preserve, people argued it would have destroyed what could be one of the most archeological finds in North America. Long story short, it was finally bought from the developer and is now listed n the National Register of Historic Places. Which I might add, is a huge deal considering Miami is known to pretty much destroy anything that appears “old.”
Well, that is pretty much why I decided to hold a meetup here. It’s one of my favorite spots to come and shoot, especially at night. It doesn’t hurt there’s a doggie park that sits in the middle of the park either 🙂 Everyone visiting the area should come check this park out, even if you are just passing by to cross the river. There are numerous signs that talk about the history and background, and also spark great conversation. Don’t miss the next Meetup!