Posts Tagged ‘St. Augustine’

Skywatch Friday # 58: Clouds Over Castillio de San Marcos

August 21, 2009
The sky over Castillio de San Marcos.  August 4, 2009.

The sky over Castillio de San Marcos. August 4, 2009.

This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

I’ve already posted about our visit to Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine during our Florida trip earlier this month.  (That post is HERE if you want to learn more about this fascinating place).

It was beautiful while we were there.  The temperature was relatively mild (by Florida standards) and the the sun was shining brightly.  There were enough fluffy white clouds to make the sky interesting.  I couldn’t resist sharing this additional picture from that day.

Castillo de San Marcos

August 13, 2009
The main gate of Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida.  August 4, 2009.

The main gate of Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida. August 4, 2009.

After visiting Betsy’s brother, Ray, in Jacksonville, we headed south to Ormond Beach for Betsy’s birthday.  We travelled through Saint Augustine, and, since we had some extra time, decided to stop at Castillo de San Marcos.

The Spanish started construction on Castillo de San Marcos in 1672.  The detail and architecture of the fort are both distinctive and unique.  Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry and the only existing 17th century fort in North America.

The outer walls of the fort.  August 4, 2009.

The outer walls of the fort. August 4, 2009.

The first 300 years of the existence of the fort were times of constant warfare as European countries vied for the economic wealth of the New World.  The Castillo was attacked many times (mostly by the British) but was never captured.

The reconstructed city of St. Augustine, Florida.  August 4, 2009.

The reconstructed city of St. Augustine, Florida. August 4, 2009.

The present National Park Service Monument consists of over 20 acres and includes a reconstructed section of the St. Augustine city wall.

Both Betsy and I enjoyed our visit to this, one of the oldest structures in the U. S.  If you’re ever near St. Augustine visit the fort.  We think you’ll enjoy it.