"The Two Towers"
Original Dark Roast Watercolor™ painting:
Using Local St. Augustine coffee Roaster:
Jayells Coffee Company - Ancient City Dark Roast
One of the first books I read as a young adult... meaning I read it because I wanted to... was J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" (actually I think I read "The Hobbit" 12 times or so, and LOTR at least 5... Yes, I am still a huge fan, "my precious"
Anyway, as always, I was looking for interesting vantage point for painting the Castillo de San Marcos, I walked around the North corner, where the bell tower is located and then gazed back South East to catch a flash of light as the St. Augustine Lighthouse signaled in the distance... The afternoon sun was striking the South West side of the Castillo Tower, and at the same time bouncing off the lantern room glass of the lighthouse and, sure enough the title "The Two Towers" popped in my head... If you are familiar with LOTR you will certainly get the reference. Using maps.google, I determined that the distance between the two towers is approximately 1.6 miles.
The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. Located on the shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida, the fort was designed by the Spanish engineer Ignacio Daza.
The Castillo is a masonry star fort made of a stone called coquina, Spanish for "small shells", made of ancient shells that have bonded together to form a type of stone similar to limestone. Workers were brought in from Havana, Cuba, to construct the fort in addition to Native American laborers. The coquina was quarried from the 'King's Quarry' on Anastasia Island in what is today Anastasia State Park across Matanzas Bay from the Castillo, and ferried across to the construction site. Construction began on October 2, 1672 and lasted twenty-three years, with completion in 1695.
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"The Two Towers"
18" wide x 26" high © Copyright Steven D. Mikel
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