Friday, March 2, 2012

Street Art

Walking has always been an enormous pleasure for me, an activity some associate with earnest exercise or low rent transportation. In Key West walking brings with it the opportunity to see things not otherwise visible to the motorized passerby. Stained glass in a church window,

...or this, associated with a guest house of the same name.

I wonder where they find these plaques, possibly on E Bay I suppose these days. Orchids are available in shops and flourish year round:

Key West's elderly housing stock makes for picturesque street scenes but the need to create apartments wherever one will fit often creates scenes like this one high above the street:

Small gardens get maximum decoration. This would not be noticed from the seat of a passing scooter, but a walker will get the chance to check it out.

Multiculturalism above and a long dead Christmas shrub, still bravely decorated below:

The sunlight in these pictures has a bright summer quality to it, putting everything into sharp relief.

We end where we started, al tire on a wall. As though real live palms abundant everywhere weren't enough.

A visitor I spoke with said she tried a scooter to cross town, then a bicycle but she reverted to walking to allow herself the greatest amount of time possible to check out every single thing Key West streets have to offer. This essay is for her.

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