Monday, March 9, 2009
And for all that this is a major tourist thoroughfare the water front is quite lovely, turquoise waters under the sun:
Some people like to sit and stare at the water, doubtless sorry they are soon going home (ha!), others photograph things...
...the object was the pelican, with the Sunset Key Ferry in the background (known as the Tank Island Whore to disgruntled old timers who remember the island pre-development and regret the change):
I like photographing the cruise ships, I remember my one trip cruising quite fondly, much to my surprise, but tourists keep aiming at the water:
This boat churning by reminded me of the kayak tours I used to lead when sailboat racing was under subscribed by the cruise ship visitors. I had to learn to kayak and guide the tours in a hurry as sailing was what I was signed up to do as my job. Flexibility required learning to drive one of these outboard powered machines in a weekend, and let me tell you they steer like the wallowing pigs they resemble:
Photography continued apace all around me. Behind this shutterbug one can see the boats anchored around Wisteria Island, known to most as Christmas Tree Island owing to the abundance of casuarinas, Australian pines growing on the uninhabited spoil island.
Both Christmas Tree and Sunset Key (nee Tank Island) came into existence thanks to dredging efforts to deepen the harbor at the western end of key West. Tank Island used to house Navy oil tanks that were actually never used but were serviced by utility lines making the lump much easier to develop. Wisteria/Christmas is still living an uncertain fate of development in potential only. Not that people standing on the seawall probably care that much:
The photography continued apace, as I tried to picture my wife and I goofing off similarly in twenty years time:
While others hunted for game:
Overhead the biplane from the airport buzzed by giving someone a thrilling ride.This is the height of tourist season and everyone is cranking:Back on Earth, one punter was trying to sort out a phone call in the bright sunlight, with Sunset Key over his shoulder:Across the way another visitor was wrapping up lunch on one of the planters:On my way out of the square I saw one early bird trying to make a living before the sunset celebrations began later in the day:And as usual in Key West if you look around you'll see interesting roof lines,in this case the one in the back is the red Customs House Museum, a Federal design built steep to shrug off snow:
As I walked back to the Bonneville I spotted these two taking off for some fun in the sun:Soon enough they will all have to go home and we shall be left to poverty and peace and quiet. But first we have Spring Break to get through.