Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas

Views through the Gun Ports

Ann Poses in a Gun Port
I wanted to frame Ann in the shadowy light coming through a gun port and get the view outside as well. My estimate of the lighting was off and she is too much in the shadow.

View through gun port to Pelican Island The fort occupies almost all the land of the island. Some sand has been brought in to provide a better dock and recreation area at the entrance to the fort. There is a spit of land leading toward a little island called Pelican Island. The views framed by the cannon ports make beautiful photo settings. This little island was to the right of the dock so that should have been to the east.
This is a view of the island from a window a little closer to the entrance of the fort. View through gun port to Pelican Island
The Back Wall I followed the upper gallery around to the northwest corner near the living quarters. Some of the personnel were dining in a part of the fort not open to the public. The outside wall in this area is beginning to crumble away. Information provided on the signs said that water seeping through the walls was rusting the iron reinforcement in the walls and the resulting rust expanded and pushed the bricks out.
I moved up closer to the window and got a better view of the moat and the wall. The Back Wall and Moat
The Back Wall I moved to a window that gave me a better view along the wall. I wanted to show the bulge in the wall, but it doesn't show it very well.
Upper Gallery
The informational signs explained that rain water seeps through the roof and leaches out lime from the mortar and this is beginning to form stalactites on the roof and stalagmites on the floor of the upper gallery. The humps forming on the floor under the arch are clearly visible. The little icicle-like stalactites in the top of the arch are not as easy to see.

PAGE ONE - Photos of the ferry, the harbor and the big tour boats. Photos at the entrance to Fort Jefferson.
PAGE TWO - Photo of the lower gallery, photo of tour group by cannon on roof, and photos taken from the roof.
PAGE THREE - Views through the gunports showin the crumbling back wall, the small island nearby, and my wife. There is a view of the stalactites and stalagmites forming in the upper gun gallery.
PAGE FOUR - Photos of the parade ground, park headquarters, the lighthouse and the signs about Dr. Samuel Mudd.
The Coral Castle - We stopped and visited the Coral Castle on our way from the Miami airport to Key Largo. This place has a very interesting story and it is a beautifully landscaped novelty. I leave a few small photos here to pique you interest. You need to go see the place for yourself.

Other Web Pages Related to Fort Jefferson
Great Photos of Fort Jefferson - Several photos by Gene P. Gildow of the fort including a view from sea. These photos are a nice supplement to mine. Thumbnail images link to nice large photos. A map from the national park service is included. There are links to this person's Key West page.

Nature Pages Sub-Index
My Other National Park and Nature Photo Pages
Grand Canyon - These photos were taken from the south rim beginning at the east end of the canyon and along the river to near park headquarters.
Big Bend National Park - Big Bend National Park is a remote rugged area in far west Texas. The Rio Grande makes and abrupt turn toward the northeast at the 'big bend' before returning to the southeast to the Gulf. There is also a photo of Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas panhandle and a page of photos of the big sand hill in Boquillas Canyon on the east end of Big Bend Park.
Barringer Meteor Crater - These photos were taken during a hike around the rim of the crater. It includes telephoto images of the items on the crater floor.
Pike's Peak and the Royal Gorge - Photos from a drive up Pike's Peak. Photos of the bridge across Royal Gorge, the Arkansas River, the railroad in the gorge and other features.
Ouachita River Crossings - The Ouachita River begins in the mountains of western Arkansas north of Mena. It's a beautiful mountain stream at that point. It continues east to Hot Springs then swings south and crosses into Louisiana. I began at the trail foot bridge crossing the Ouachita at its headwaters and photographed all the major crossings down to Arkadelphia. I will continue to the Louisiana border one day.


Posted: 2/12/04
Re-posted to Yahoo web host: 3/6/09
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