Miami Beach…in the Winter

(Pelican over the Atlantic Ocean, photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved)

Miami Beach is an island on the other side of Biscayne Bay from the City of Miami…it is a barrier island with approximately 90.000 residents. Of course, during the high tourist season the number of people in Miami Beach rises to a couple of million, at least…

There is no such thing as a winter in South Florida…

And the sun sets over Miami Beach. Photo property of FBC, All Rights Reserved

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Miami Sunsets & Flowers and Misty Sky video…

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Miami is a beautiful city on the east coast, at the end of Florida and almost at the end of the continent of North America, the only thing further south are the Florida Keys and Key West. The sunsets are extraordinary as seen from where I usually saw them, which was Miami Beach.

The clouds are like mountains that form shapes that merge into each other that float along the vastness of the skies…

And the flowers that such abundant sunshine creates is just as awesome…

And so, as the day ends and we all return to our balconies to watch the incredible presence of Mother Nature, we see this as we look to the west…

I always looked towards the west from my flat on the island of Miami Beach to make sure I never missed the sunsets. These are mostly from November and December and in the back you can see the high rises of Downtown Miami…

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Miami Beach era un encanto

(Mirando hacia South Beach, foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados)

Miami Beach es un municipio de un lugar que años atras le llamaban el Gran Miami y que ahora ya no, ahora simplemente es del condado Miami-Dade, Florida. Tiene aproximadamente noventa mil habitantes, pero cuando llegan los turistas, en la temporada alta, digamos de noviembre a abril, puede tener Miami Beach mas de dos millones de almas diambulando por sus calles y viviendo es sus grandes hoteles…

Esto no es un relato turístico, sino un relato particular…

Yo viví en Miami Beach más de treinta años. La conozco bien pues he vivido en varios de sus barrios y os digo que al principio me encantaba. Me imaginaba que estaba en unas vacaciones perpetuas. Después me di cuenta que las vacaciones se acaban, pero me seguía gustando mucho vivir en esa isla…o mejor dicho esa serie de islas…a unos trece kilometros del centro de la ciudad de Miami.

(MIrando hacia el sur por Collins Avenue, foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados)

Pero al cabo de unos veinte años de vivir y de ser además propietario, ya se me acabó el enamoramiento con Miami Beach. Me empezaron a irritar las mil y una cosas que andan tan mal con esta ciudad. Las calles no las barren, las aceras estan rajadas, las obras públicas no se terminan jamas y hay multitudes de gente que viven sin casa y que duermen el los zaguanes, incluyendo en el mío…

(La playa de Miami Beach y el gran océano Atlántico, foto de FBC, Derechos Reservados)

Al fin, después de tantos años decidí irme…aunque el océano Atlántico me encanta…a mi me priva vivir cerca del mar…y el hecho de vivir en una isla también me fascina, llegó el momento de la partida y os digo que no echo de menos a esa ciudad, pues vivo en Valencia, donde el mar es el Mediterraneo y estoy encantado de la vida. Valencia es un paraiso para todos los manchegos…

13 de diciembre, de 2019, Valencia, España, Francisco Bravo Cabrera

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

(Miami Beach Convention Centre, newly finished, photo by FBC)

Yes, like every December for the last seventeen years, Art Basel in Miami Beach has showed up in the Convention Centre…

Inside you will find galleries that are either represented by big corporate sponsors, (main sponsor, or “partner” as they call it is UBS), or have paid thousands to appear for a week at the Miami Beach Convention Centre…

And what do they bring? Well supposedly the “best” of modern art. I will not put any of their images on my post. I am offended that such things are called “art”. If you want to either agree with me or disagree, please visit their website: artbasel.com/miami-beach/the-show

Art, in this day and age, is subject to the patronage of banks and other big corporate entities. Of course since these companies have made many rich, they need to create art so that the new rich can be like the old rich who own precious works of art. After all, if you are a “nouveau riche” you can own anything else that the established aristocracy can except that. So they create “artists” that half fill a glass of water and call it art and sell it for more than 20.000 Euros.

Or like an exhibit I saw a few years ago at Art Basel in Miami Beach, which consisted of an old wooden hanger with a woman’s silk blouse (yellow) hanging on it. This was one of the “artworks” that such a gallery brought to exhibit. The artist really didn’t need to work on this at all, I mean, she didn’t even paint the hanger, what for? It would sell for a few thousand regardless. Actually, when I looked around the gallery I saw that it was part of a series, each hanger with a blouse of a different colour. Of course, why make just one when in ten minutes you can have a dozen!

I do recommend going to Art Basel in Miami Beach. No, not for the “art work”, or for the Basel, no need to pay the exorbitant price they charge to go in…the years I went I was always given free tickets…because you can see all sorts of strange art all around the beach, mostly for free, like this. This thing is on the sand…occupying an area of the public domain…behind the luxurious and famous FAENA HOTEL on Collins Avenue…

But in truth, I recommend going to Miami Beach because at this time of the year, Miami has the best weather in the United States. The sun is always shining, sometimes like a star that’s about to take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean…

(Miami Beach, photo property of OCS Valencia)

The temperature drops to a very comfortable 17 degrees centigrade and you feel you are in a privileged location, a true paradise. I’ll show you some shots…

Yes, there is true beauty and real art all around Miami Beach. You can enjoy it simply by walking around. And the buildings, the nature, the landscapes, all took much more talent, much more planning and much more imagination and work than most of what you would see inside the Convention Centre while Art Basel Miami Beach is in town…

Sunsets creating a silhouette of the buildings in far away Downtown Miami, on the mainland. Yes, Miami Beach is an island, actually many islands and through them is the Intracoastal Waterway that goes all the way up towards north Florida.

I hope you understand my position regarding this type of “art” that I have mentioned. I, in no way judge the entirety of the art or the artists represented in Art Basel Miami Beach or anywhere. I reserve my right to have an opinion and to express it because I believe art is something that you have to learn, develop, craft and dedicate time to. That is how an artist develops talent. Talent is not something you are born with, otherwise it would be some kind of genetic condition. Talent is developed through work, experimentation, research and the use of your imagination, and you were born with that…

If you agree or disagree, let me know. I think we…all who love art…should be talking about it. We should be able to discuss, amicably and respectfully, anything and everything concerning the art world, be it the actual creative work or what goes on in museums, galleries and exhibits. So, please, if you liked this article, hit that like button, follow and share and by all means, give me your opinion.

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