Prior to this project, I conducted some research on the Intracoastal Waterway, which separates Fort Lauderdale Beach from its mainland. Such a tranquil body of water to capture early in the morning, as I did during this sunrise from the rooftop of Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty Six.
To think Intracoastal Waterway is actually over 3,000 miles long is ridiculous. Many seaman navigate through Intracoastal Waterway as opposed to the open water of the Atlantic because it is much less hazardous. This waterway occupies the majority of the west and east coast of Florida as well as its panhandle. Wow, I feel smart for knowing that!
I loved the vantage point I was able to access from the roof of Hyatt. To capture yachts, Intracoastal, Atlantic, beach, and even neighborhoods all in one frame was gratifying. An engineer from the hotel escorted me to the rooftop, supposedly as a deterrent for me to not do anything naughty while I was up there.
He was a cool, communicative guy though. A middle-aged guy. We spoke about his travels. He was originally from New York and then relocated to south Florida and started a family. We talked for about an hour amongst a partly cloudy daybreak.