The virgin islands were purchased by the United States from Denmark in 1917 for $17 million. The US bought the islands to make sure Germany could not use the islands as a submarine base during World War I. St Thomas is home to Charlotte Amalie, the islands’ capital. It is also a favorite destination for travelers.
A small boat named "Uncle Gabe" is moored to a post in smooth water. This photo was taken at the Spanish Point Historical Site in Osprey, Florida. The site was an early pioneer home stead that was inhabited in earlier days by Native Americans.
A group of sailboats are anchored off the coast of Conch Island near St Augustine, Florida. A couple while clouds float overhead. Conch Island is on Florida's east coast and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River.
Fishermen and tourists alike flock to the Anna Maria pier year round. The pier features a restaurant with a great view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Egrets, herons, pelicans and seagulls flock to the pier as well.
Taken in Sint Marteen in the Caribbean, this photo has been antiqued to give the feel of old sailing ships and the dangers they faced when close to shore. Because of the process there is substantial grain in the photo, a desired effect.
The booms of the Seminole Trader rise high above the ship and water. The boat is anchored in the Placida Fishing Village on the west coast of Florida near Boca Grande. The tiny village offers a taste of old Florida and fresh seafood.
The lighthouse was added to Egmont Key in 1848 but was replaced in 1858 after several hurricanes damaged the original structure. The top of the lighthouse was removed in 1944 the top of the house was removed to install a new beacon. The lighthouse was manned until 1989. At the time the lighthouse was the last remaining manned lighthouse in Florida. The channel that passes the island is the main shipping route in and out of Tampa Bay on Florida’s west coast.
A Pilot Boat crashes through waves. Pilot boats are used to ferry pilots that steer ships in and out of ports. The pilot has to jump from the boat to the ship when the ship is in motion. Ports require that a local pilot bring ships into port for safety reasons as the pilots are more familiar with local waters.
Sponges are stacked on the dock in front of a sponge boat. Tarpon Springs has long been known as the "Sponge Capitol of the World". Natural sponges are still harvested and sold from this tiny city on the west coast of Florida.