This Sunday sees the fourth annual InstaMeet. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a celebration of the Instagram – a (free) photo app for the iPhone. All over the world groups large and small will be getting together to take photographs, swap iPhoneography tips and generally have a good time.
And where could be a better photo opportunity than Las Olas? A group are meeting up at the Museum of Discovery and Science at noon on Sunday, and I’d like to encourage them to come to the boulevard 🙂
Apart from my strange and natural desire to tell everyone that Las Olas is the best possible place, I have another reason. Sunday’s weather forecast says that it could be breezy with a chance of rain – and there’s plenty of shelter (and wonderful bars and cafes too) on the boulevard. (Take the water taxi from the museum to stop number nine – a photo op in itself).
Why not join in? If you don’t have the app it’s a free download. What can you photograph on the boulevard?
- It’s the best place for people-watching … car- and bike-spotting too
- The historic Stranahan House. Although there are tours daily, for which there is an admission fee, the grounds are open to the public – free
- Quirky architecture – from Edward Barnes Larabee, Wells Squier, Francis Abreu and, if you search hard enough, Don Singer. Plus see award-winning modern architecture in the business district
- History – in fact, it’s the history of Fort Lauderdale, which started right here on the boulevard. The Riverside Hotel which opened in 1936. The Floridian, another business from the thirties (don’t miss the mural). Colee Hammock Park, the scene of a massacre in the 1800s and now a wonderful tranquil place to watch the river
- Astonishing architectural details – lions, elephants, snails, seahorses … the wrought iron detailing on the Solita building, the cigar Indian, the Italian baker. Then there are the things I particularly like – faded shutters, a house numbered 1½, battered benches, typography ….
- Hidden alleys, breezeways and water features
- The window displays in one-of-a-kind stores and galleries
- Water – not just the New River from Laura Ward Plaza – also the lazy canal at the bridge, the river from Colee Hammock park, the Riverside marina or the water taxi stop. You’ll see water activities too, especially if you get away from the more trafficked areas of the river
- Flora and fauna – it’s maybe a bit warm for them but we often see manatees by the bridge. Iguanas too
- The charm of the Las Olas village with its quaint stores, the village green and, on Sunday, the market with fresh produce and attractive goods.
- Public art, particularly in the business district
- The finger islands – offering more water opportunities – the residential neighborhood which has architecture from the early days right up to newly-built properties
- Oh and I always forget what’s at the eastern end of the boulevard – the beach! You might want to get on the Sun Trolley to take you there – it’s 2.6 miles from the Museum of Art at number one East Las Olas to the Elbo Room on the A1A. The Elbo Room is, of course, where the iconic spring break movie Where the Boys Are was filmed.