Charlotte Harbor, FL

this bridge connect Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte.

Small town of Punta Gorda, where my parents live, got known by many when when residents of Punta Gorda climbed out of the shelters and started cleaning up after Hurricane Charley five years ago.

Hurricane Charley was the third named storm, the second hurricane, and the second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Charley lasted from August 9 to August 15, and at its peak intensity it attained 150 mph (240 km/h) winds, making it a strong Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. The storm made landfall in southwestern Florida at maximum strength, thus making it the strongest hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Andrew struck Florida twelve years before, in 1992.

Hurricane Charley was the first and strongest of four major storms that hit Florida in 44 days in 2004. In Charlotte County, Charley did $3.2 billion in damage, including 11,000 homes and 300 businesses. Fourteen deaths in the county were blamed on the storm.

The downtown Punta Gorda area that took a direct hit from the Category 4 storm on Aug. 13, 2004, now has many new brightly colored storefront businesses, hotels and restaurants. A sparkling new events center replaced an aging auditorium. A spruced up marina on Charlotte Harbor features shopping and a seafood restaurant touted as the largest eatery in southwest Florida.

Run-down mobile homes that Charley reduced to piles of sticks have been replaced by a new affordable housing complex. Six schools and six fire stations have been rebuilt. A new airport terminal has so far attracted two national carriers. Across the Peace River in Port Charlotte, the Tampa Bay Rays play their spring training games at a newly refurbished ball park.

The government-issued blue tarps that were ubiquitous on roof tops even a year after the storm are nowhere in sight. The few aesthetic remnants left are the trees out by Interstate 75 that were snapped in half as the tightly wound hurricane barged through.

from moving boat with Nikon D60, 18-55 mm, cp, nd2, raw

“Charlotte Harbor”

5 Sep 2012
in 'All About Water (Closed Until September 11, 2012)' Charlotte Harbor was featured in the group All About Water

Charlotte Harbor finished in position 2 of Top Ten with same number votes as the winner in "No1. of the six main types of bridges, challenge! Beam Bridges. ": of Bridges September 9, 2010

Charlotte Harbor was WINNER of the challenge Florida’s Bridges in the group Florida the Sunshine… 2/17/10

Charlotte Harbor finished in position 8 of Top Ten in Capture a Bridge Challenge… of DSLR Users Only – 1/… November 27, 2009

Charlotte Harbor was WINNER of the challenge "The bridge. The setting. The story. Poem, film or painting. ": in the group Bridges Nov 1, 2009
Charlotte Harbor finished in position 2 of Top Ten in Bridges… of You’re Accepted
October 3, 2009

featured in Florida the Sunshine State September 11, 2009


December 15, 2009
Sold 1x Canvas Print of Charlotte Harbor
Size: Extra Large -

May18, 2012

1x Matted Print of Matted Print of Charlotte Harbor
Matte Color: Bright White


clouds, florida, harbor, reflection, top10, water, sky, landscape, punta gorda, bridge, blue, white, sea, ocean

Member of Boston Camera Club since 2009
Cameras used:Nikon D5100 , Nikon D5000 , Nikon D60, Panasonic DMC-Z57 (current), Canon PowerShotSX10 IS ( not currently using much) , Canon PowerShotSX3 IS

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  • PSL1
    PSL1about 5 years ago

    Stunning capture Luda. the details and colours are just breathtaking.
    Great work my friend. Peter
    Ps: Hope you are taking time for you??

  • thank you Peter, I been on the boat all day, now checking my pictures.

    I been shooting from moving boat

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    stunning indeed

  • thank you so much Scott

    – LudaNayvelt

  • John  Kowalski
    John Kowalskiabout 5 years ago

    This is a lovely image Luda, the colour and reflections are fabulous! Excellent capture!!

  • thank you so much John

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    Beauitul capture, love the reflections

  • thank you Virginia , soon I am going home

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Curtiss Simpson
    Curtiss Simpsonabout 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful love the reflections of the clouds off the water !!

  • thank you Curtiss

    – LudaNayvelt

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 5 years ago


  • thank you Lori

    – LudaNayvelt

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    Simply gorgeous capture, love the DOP on this and the reflection is awesome !!

  • – LudaNayvelt

  • Lisawv
    Lisawvabout 5 years ago

    Wow, stunning shot. The dof is outstanding and love the reflection. Great work.

  • – LudaNayvelt

  • RRoca
    RRocaabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful details and great POV!

  • – LudaNayvelt

  • AnaCBStudio
    AnaCBStudioabout 5 years ago

    I like the reflections…great shot Luda!

  • – LudaNayvelt

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