Sunday, March 7, 2010
This house fit into no single essay with it's classic Key West attributes of white paint, tin roof, contrasting shutters and shiny green palms. It seemed a pity to toss this picture out. On Margaret Street I think.A cyclist heading west from the cemetery with a huge hand warmer (or yoga mat more likely) on the handlebars. A day of 60/15 is cold in Key West, even in midwinter.
The always lovely Dade Pine valued for it's resistance to rot in the 19th century, so much so they cut it all down in Dade County and had to go to the Panhandle to find more. You'd be hard pressed to find a Miami home made of this stuff (not impossible- just very difficult). It's not uncommon in Key West though you will find occasional ill advised attempt to paint the stuff.
A valiant attempt at a cheap fix for an old timer. I sometimes tend to forget that old homes are a rarity in many places across the US, then I see tourists gawping and I reminded why these are here, because they were forgotten for a while, saved from destruction almost by accident and here they still are, still lived in and on display as it were by the side of the streets.
Did I mention how everyone is talking about how cold and prolonged this winter has been and still is. Check out this Pacific Northwest style of living, most unsuitable (normally) for the Southernmost City.Ooh look! A palm tree!