We had the opportunity to spend a few days (and nights) in Key West. There is so much more to Key West than I’m about to share with you. There is a special ‘something’ that I’m still trying to process.
In the meantime, here are just a few Key West impressions…
Tarpon in the blue
This picture was taken from the dock at night pointing the camera down into the water. A fisherman threw bait off the end of his boat and attracted the tarpon. Big fish! I have a feeling this was pretty much a daily occurrence. The blue hue is from his boat lighting.
Middle bit of a Kapok tree
I thought the branches on this tree were interesting because they grow almost perpendicular to the trunk. And there was something almost spooky about this tree so of course it interested me (wink).
The Kapok tree was the sacred tree of the Mayan people who believed that the souls of the dead climbed a mythical Kapok whose branches reached into heaven. (from the placard describing the tree)
Bottom bit of a Kapok tree
The buttress roots of the Kapok tree help this shallowly rooted tree stay upright. Chickens in the background…
Chickens are protected in Key West and thus are seen all over the place. They are very much part of the scenery and the charm.
Wandering about in the streets…
Hanging out in the bars…
No wait, that’s the tourists. ?
Apparently they are the remnants from the days of cock fighting. Luckily our hotel had good sound proofing because the cocks crow all day and night.
Southernmost Point Marker
This is one of the 40-50 polydactyl cats that lives in and around Hemingway’s house. These cats are apparently descendants of Hemingway’s original polydactyl cat. They have the run of the place and are very well taken care of.
And so…sunset is very much a celebration in Key West. Folks gather about two hours beforehand to participate in the celebration. We were lucky to snag a table and have a drink or two while watching the sun dip into the sea. This is just another part of the magic of Key West.
The crowd cheers just as the sun disappears into the sea. I love the celebration of it all. It brings us back right where we should be…living within each and every moment.
And now we slip into the night.