In the six days Laura, Jake the dog and I were in the Florida Keys and Key West I took 3500+ photos. I love taking photos, consider myself a photographer of decent to pretty good skill and enjoy images of things, people and places I love. There are 3500+ photos, some junked for being blurry and bad. But what remains are a whole lot of memories, fun moments, special places, and things I’ll carry with me.
That is the true power of the image. (Click on the images for links to related sites)
Here are just a handful of images. I cannot say they are the best or even all of my favorites, but a number of images I’m happy to share. You’ll find more in articles about our trip. You’ll find more on Facebook and in other photo articles I’ll post over time. But here are just a few of the 3500+ to help you enjoy the Florida Keys and Key West, to discover their uniqueness, beauty and joy one can experience there. Enjoy… ** All photos are my copyright with the contents copyright of their holder.
7 Mile Bridge and the old bridge.
I”d first traveled the 7 miles (almost) of 7 Mile Bridge back in 1996.
I’ve read all about it and its original incarnation, the one dreamed and willed into reality by
Henry Flagler. As we drove along on our first passing this trip, Laura
took this out the car window as we drove on one and passed the
original expanse of that old, still standing ode to American ingenuity and hard work.
The tree growing out of it was just a way for nature to leave her mark as well.
Tropical Storm Debby made her way through during our visit.
At first I was angry; a T.S. ruining our trip.
But she proved a good friend, keeping the crowds away and
keeping things cool for our dog, Jake.
And the photos she helped to create are wonderful and mysterious.
I took this one at an apartment complex we passed, towards the Atlantic side,
with these amazing colors created by Debby. Moments later the skies would open and our
trip back to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Marathon would be a challenge.
Ok, so its not in perfect sharpness, but I LOVE this photo of Tursi and her
baby at Dolphin Research Center. Tursi was there when I was in 1996 and still today.
Her laughter and charm are infectious, her good nature and screams of delight
over life are heartwarming. That her latest baby is following in mom’s
wonderful leap-prints is so endearing. We hope this little one will
also ably copy mom’s screams of joy.
Who knew one of the great photos I’d take would be a product one?
We’d gotten the DryCase Backpack at a media discount. We’d gotten it to review here
on Rori Travels Florida, to share with you. Then we ended up really using it – A lot!
T.S. Debby was being a little snotty and required we keep our
camera gear in the DryCase for safety.
At DRC I was switching cameras when I looked over, saw Kibby making
another pass and shot this – the bag was just waiting for me to switch to adding the Flip.
It turned in a great shot, I plotted a couple more then to be safe, and it turned out great.
We were supposed to go out with Fury Water Adventures
one day. I’ve been a long time supporter and friend of theirs on Twitter.
But even our photo op ended up not happening when T.S. Debby came to town.
Our second and last day in Key West we were walking around when we came upon the cutouts you stick
your head in. We took the normal shots of Laura & I, but then inspiration hit!
Jake is by far the cutest Neptune I’ve ever seen! He actually seemed to have fun doing this!
Labor Day 1935 a Category 5 hurricane hit the middle Keys.
Islamorada offers a memorial to the men and women who lost their lives.
Many were vets who’d gone to the Keys seeking work
on the Flagler railroad that was being worked on.
This photo reminds me of the history of the Railroad that went to sea, the
men who risked it all to build such a dream, the history surrounding it, and the
tragedy of too many lost.
The Key West Lighthouse.
I didn’t even pose or plan this! Thanks to the couple who were there.
We’d heard about it, wanted to see it, then suddenly, looking up, it was there.
Friends told us of the beautiful flowering trees and they lived up.
This lighthouse is a beautiful part of Florida and the Keys.
Mallory Square is a great place for shopping, people watching,
and watching sunsets. We had an enjoyable time in this area, picked up a few
things for our friends and our nephew, and just enjoyed the beauty and
flavor of Key West.
Just before we’d gone on our trip I read an article online about how the Tropical Storm Debby
(and any T.S.) can be an issue for birds. They have to work harder to find food and stay aloft
and it was causing many along the Florida coast to need to be rescued.
This bird used our balcony as a rest haven at the Westin Key West.
We took pity on it and worked not to scare it away. It seemed to understand and
trusted us. Its always nice when you can become a part of nature, even in simple ways.
The second day in Key West I opened the curtains to find a building had appeared.
The day before, ocean. The next, Cruise Ship.
It was kind of cool. Two actually had planted themselves right outside
our window. We’ve never been this close, but yes, did get closer…
The Conch Trains are a classic part of Key West. We loved seeing them touring town.
Its one of those special Key West things you look forward to…
Southern Most Point. It was on the list of must-dos and
we did: we did it up right with T.S. Debby making it really interesting!
We could have gotten closer, but that would have required getting wet, which
we were not in the mood for. I settled for my feet taking the soaking.
Visit us often for more on the Florida Keys & Key West as well
as more on Florida. Enjoy Florida and her Coasts!