the stark reality

Well Vacation is over, so here i sit..editing and reliving. the warmth of one of my favorite places…Key West,Florida. And…. even though  it is winter.. ill take 60’ish weather any day over ZERO or worse yet..the negative numbers. ive been gone almost 2 weeks, vacation was cut a few days short due to a few problems at home,  but thats life, at least i got away.

and heres a few facts about Key West

The original Key West settlement on the western part of the island is called “Old Town” and comprises the Key West Historic District. It includes the major tourist destinations of the island, including Mallory Square, Duval Street, the Truman Annex and Fort Zachary Taylor. It is where are found the classic bungalows and guest mansions.

Generally, the structures date from 1886 to 1912. The basic features that distinguish the local architecture include wood-frame construction of one- to two-and-a-half-story structures set on foundation piers about three feet (one meter) above the ground. Exterior characteristics of the buildings are peaked “metal” roofs, horizontal wood siding, gingerbread trim, pastel shades of paint, side-hinged louvered shutters, covered porches (or balconies, galleries, or verandas) along the fronts of the structures, and wood lattice screens covering the area elevated by the piers.

Old Town is comparable to the “New Town” section of the island, which was created when the island of Key West was more than doubled in size via landfill. New Town, on the eastern part of the island, contains shopping centers, retail malls, residential areas, schools, ball parks, and Key West International Airport.

so.. with our further adieu   im starting back wards:)

for a fee this guy will take you anywhere and everywhere u want to go on the island.  the island is to small for many cars. so when you arrive you park your car, and walk or rent, or ride the trolley, which is what i always do , its the cheapest, and you learn a little history.
the brown pelican, one reason i love going to Florida, we dont have these in Western New York.
another thing i love .. Key West natives seem to love animals. Cats, and Chickens, and roosters roam free. and dogs are allowed in most restaurants  (on a chain).
although its pretty cliche to take a picture at the southern most point of the USA… ya just cant help it. Cuba is 90 miles from that point.

in the back ground there’s a shrimp trawler waiting for the winds to die down.

no tourist would go in this place, thats right i learned early on where the “natives” go.

believe it or not, I’ve been going to this place for after hours food for over 20 years. …and lived to tell about it :).

this is the whole place…Bo’s
there is a huge population of transients , due to the warmer temps. ,they usally dont bother anyone, but you cant help but notice them.


i had an awesome time, ill be back with more beach time. and if you took time to look , i thank You, and have a wonderful day

The start of my Florida Vacation

imageI had a welcoming committee when I arrived at my friends condo. They  vacation here often and were told there are 2 gators living in their little lake. They have never seen either one… I show up and wallaa there he is .

Pits been rather cold here, I don’t know much about northern Florida , ,have always vacationed in the southern parts. I think next year, I might wait till Feb. to come down here;) anyway, I’m making the most of it, going some where different every day.  I’ll catch up with everyone when I get home,  stay warm and take care.


well winter has really arrived

well I’m packing my suitcase and heading south for a few weeks, well only 2 , but that will take care of Jan. and if need be ill go straight back down there if feb. is bad.  so I’ve been busy with  the newest member of my camera family My Fujifilm X T10.  and I’ve been also busy purchasing gear for it.  since it has a retro look ,i just received. my retro case. and later today  my zoom lens should arrive.

it took me a while to figure out this little puzzle, but once i did, i was very pleased with the look. i had to hurry and get a case, i felt like i was taking a baby out with out being baptized.”)
on my way to the conservatory on our first frigid day (12 Degrees). saw this, another light box. in front of a firehouse.
Lamberton Conservatory. one day I’m going to find out way these buildings are all built the same way
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the poinsettia x.mas tree.
still working on the settings, but i was really happy with this shot.  yes thats right its a turtle eating a tomato.
ahh can ya feel the warmth…
how ’bout some dry heat… sure felt good  this is probably my favorite room at the conservatory.
well it was time to move along.. and i ran over to Lake Ontario (a great Lake ), and as cold as it was. there was a woman sitting taking photos with her huge DSLR.. i shot off a few and ran back into the car.  we like to come up here during the seasons, to catch sunsets, and to wave to our neighbors in Canada .


last but not least. a look out at the Bay. the colors were extraordinary for this time of year.

and that does it. im so happy with my new camera. im actually going to sell My DSLR when i return from Florida.  if you stopped by, i hoped you enjoyed my little tour around the neighborhood, a little different than my last!

and thanks. Have an awesome rest of the week.  next time i post.. ill be in sunny Florida.


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