Sunday, November 20, 2011

Key West, Hemingway & polydactyl cats ...







It seems I have been talking about Key West forever and probably worn the subject thin with all.  
I wouldn't say Key West was my favorite place to visit.  I always find it a bit crowded, touristy and overpriced unless you get off the beaten path and explore beyond Duval Street.  
Which was pretty much our style.

But there are some sites you just have to go see and when it involves either 
the beach, birds, sunsets or kitties, I'm there!  
We had been to the Hemingway house years ago but I needed new pictures of the cats.  Not much had changed.  The house above is still delightful to photograph as are the grounds.

This is an old olive oil container.  Nothing remarkable about it.
But what is remarkable is the urinal trough below which came out of Sloppy Joe's when they
were updating their bathrooms.  Apparently Hemingway wanted a reminder
“of just how much money I have pissed away.”


I was mostly interested in his writing loft behind the big house.  This is where
he did most of his writing.  I'd like to think that is his original typewriter, but who knows.


Lots of cool artwork.  I especially liked the cat painting.


 : : :

And then there are the cats.  
All 47 of them at my time of visit.  
Of course, I probably saw only a handful of them.  Most are off sleeping somewhere.  
Under a chair, in a bed, in the garden or on the lawn.  
Once in a while, you would hear a cat scream at some indignity imposed by another. 


 Isn't this guy handsome.  He gave me a few moments before becoming bored with my presence.


 Take a close look and count those toes!

All but 4 of the cats are neutered to maintain a healthy population.  There is a fence around the property that keeps them in and imposters out!


There is also a cat cemetery (and hopefully nothing like Stephen King's "Pet Cemetery"!)
with a few old headstones.
As you can see, there are some pretty
famous kitties buried here!




 Being a polydactyl kitty requires some paw maintenance ...





and a little attitude for the crowds ...


But once maintenance and attitude end, the posing begins!



 : : :


Now a final wrap up of some views I enjoyed.  Most of the shots above were SOOC, 
but sometimes I just love using Topaz 
and making ordinary pictures pop.










Thanks for coming along with me on our journey.  
We will now return to our regular scheduled programming.

Like shopping for a turkey!
Egads!
How can it be Thanksgiving already? 

Until tomorrow, friends,


~sharing with~
The Creative Exchange


57 comments:

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Delightful tour and photos Reena. Those cats are amazing.
Yes...where did this year disappear to???

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I'm enjoying your photos because I am not a Florida vacation person. I guess it's a West Coast/East Coast thing? Although I have been to the Caribbean and loved it.
Pretty kitties with such nice toes. Glad you're having fun and sharing your vacation with us.

Catherine said...

These kitties are so cute! I like all their toes. I'm glad they posed for you. :)

xo Catherine

TexWisGirl said...

wow. those ocean scenes are gorgous! you done good! :) the kitty colony is very interesting.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I adore that Topaz treatment! And the urinal history is awesome. Love the yellow shutters on the Hemingway house. Thanks for sharing all your delightful photos. I could never tire of hearing about Key West!

Ginny said...

Thanks for giving us such a good look at the kitties, and some of the house! The olive oil container picture, it looks huge, they must have dipped the olive oil out into smaller containers. LOVE your shot of the ship at twilight!! And the green umbrellas. I'm on a computer break till Thanksgiving day, so see you then. Hope you have a great holiday!

gina said...

That was a fun tour! I love kitties, so I enjoyed all the cat photos. Your beach shot is classic. Have a good holiday!

grammie g said...

Hi Renna...Very interesting stuff...and marvelous photo's!!
I never heard about the cats there I just love kitties!!
The first one and the urinal story cracked me up lol!!
Grace

Sylvia K said...

I LOVE your tour, Reena, and the cats! What fun! Your photos are fantastic! What a beautiful place it is! I would love to visit there, but as always, your captures are the next best thing! Thanks for sharing the fun and the beauty! Have a wonderful week!

Sylvia

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I would throughly enjoy a tour of Hemingway's home. The cats would be a big bonus. Naturally I had to Google them to learn their story. Thank you for sharing this.

Andrew said...

A wonderful post Reena and thanks for all the beautiful images..

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eileeninmd said...

Thanks for the lovely tour, it is a fantastic place to visit. One day i hope to get there. Wow, there are a lot of famous kitties. Cute shots. I love the beach and the pier. Wonderful post and photos! Have a great week and happy Thanksgiving.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Love how you provide interesting tidbits of your surroundings, along with your gorgeous photos.

Lovely! :)

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Your pics are the perfect tonic and a grey cold November day. Cool cats.

Jill said...

Key West is someplace I would really, really love to visit. Thank you for the tour. All of your photos are gorgeous but I love, love, love those kitties!

Hartwood Roses said...

We were at the Hemingway house on Saturday, and it was fascinating and homey ... and the CATS! We have had a running joke for months that our travel companions were going to have to frisk me as we left the Hemingway house to make sure that I wasn't trying to smuggle out a cat. I enjoyed them in place, petted a few, and left them all where they belonged. In a few days, I will be home to snuggle with my own normal-toed cats.

Amish Stories said...

Id like to wish everyone whose blog that i visit a happy Thanksgiving to you and your family's, and thank you for being a reader to mine. Richard from Amish Stories.

Jennifer Richardson said...

love looking at those literary kitties:)
thanks for the bountiful share:)
-Jennifer

Woody said...

Interesting range of 'stuff'. It may be an overpriced tourist trap, but it warm and sunny :-)

My Journey With Candida said...

You always have a way of making every post interesting. Loved the cats!!! So now that your vacation is over.... I am interested to see what is next.

EG Wow said...

I have never wanted to visit Key West...BUT you may have just changed my mind. :)

Daryl said...

Love the Ingrid I and II and Archie aka Cary.. I love him ... I guess at some point I need to go back to Key West .. if for nothing but those fabulous kits!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

47 kitties, my goodness!

your pictures definitely PoP! Fantastic captures, Reena =)))

S. Etole said...

Always enjoy a good "kitty" photo.

Ivanhoe said...

Beautiful pics! I never went in, but have looked from outside :)
I have visited his "summer retreat" on Venice-an island Torcello though...
Have a great Monday!

dona said...

I really ejoyed everything in your post, Reena, as usual. You're just a great story teller and photographer. :)
Ciao da Venezia.

Hilary said...

What a great collection of photos. I love those kitties. Thanks for taking me places I'll probably never otherwise see.

lisa said...

These are wonderful photographs Reena, and it looks like it was a great place to be. Thank you for taking us along on your trip, and also for sharing it with us at The Creative Exchange.

Sending you wishes for a beautiful Thanksgiving.

lisa.

LadyFi said...

Oh, you're so lucky! All that warmth and beauty and cats! Lovely!

Kim Stevens said...

Here from the creative exchange - loved joining you in your journey, lovely photos!

Barbara said...

I just love the tour of his house (those shutters!) and meeting the cats. Thanks for taking us along!

Brian Miller said...

oh wow that shot down the pier and the ocean shots are tremendous...that painting of the cats is a neat perspective as they look bigger than the house...

Linda R. said...

I will never tier of your vacation photos.. Those kitties are so cute..
Thanks so much for sharing your vacation with us!!!

Hugs, Linda

Oliag said...

I have been to the Hemingway museum once and I have to admit that the main thing I remember are those cats! They were wonderful!

Thanks for taking us along with you on your Key West trip! xoxo

Seeing Each Day said...

That was very interesting reading about the cats and looking at your captures of them (cute one with just the paws!). Your editing with the topaz certainly does make the photos pop - they all look so inviting, particularly love the third last one with the lines of the jetty.

Mark said...

I too think of Key West to be too touristy, but there are some nice sights, like your photos of Hemmingways house, loved his pool and the story that goes with it.

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Ms. Reena...Mom is sitting kind of kattiwampus in the saddle but at least she is back.. MOL
She did so enjoy all of the Key West Pics especially the polydactyl kitties. She has always wanted to see them. Boy it takes me a long time to clean my toosies I can't imagine having extras. MOL
Madi

Pat said...

I've enjoyed your tour of Key West. Your photos are wonderful. Those cats look like they're not many generations from developing opposable
thumbs - watch out!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Key West is my Wife's and my favorite port in Florida. I worked six years on board Majesty of the Seas, which is the ship in your last image.

Ann said...

the urinal with the olive oil container cracked me up.
Love the shots of the cats. That looks like a very interesting place to visit

NatureFootstep said...

my favorite shot is the pier. I think it is called that. And the ship. :)

Nick said...

Beautiful photographs Reena! Your first shot of the house is simply wonderful with all those shuttered windows.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Nick

Patrice said...

More great photos! I'd love to know how you process them that makes them look like paintings!

bill lisleman said...

funny reasoning by Mr. Hemingway. Those blues in the last few pics are great.

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful, beautiful shots...they should hire you to do a Chamber piece!!!

Evelyn S. said...

I never get enough of your HDR images, Reena! Beautiful! How interesting to visit the Hemingway house...and the six(?)-toed cats! I've seen six toes before, but that looks like a thumb! (Hemingway ended his life not that far from my part of the country, you know.)

latebloomerbuds said...

Time flies when you're having fun huh Reena? Great tour. Thanks! Margie

Ms. Becky said...

I love seeing inside Hemingway's home. my father-in-law and his son once got into an intense argument over who was the more macho - John Wayne or Hemingway. one of them ended up with broken glasses. your photos are jaw-dropping beautiful. I can't believe your back already! time flies when your having a blast. happy week to you Reena, and a wonderful turkey day with your family.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos and effects! I love cats! We have an awesome tortise shell way too many toes! The layman's term for polydactyl is "mitten foot." So ours is named "Mittens."

Merike said...

Great photos and amazing colors and feelings.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful photography.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

oh my gosh what a delightful post and photos!

those kittens are adorable!

amazing pictures as usual.

Debbie said...

beautiful photos and some great information!!

awesome tour and a cute kitty!!

Connie Smiley said...

Beautiful tour, Reena, and I love what you do with Topaz! That pier shot took my breath away!

mrs mediocrity said...

Well, as you know, I am a HUGE Hemingway fan, and also a crazy cat lady... someday I have to make it down there! Love that last kitty shot, so handsome!

John said...

My favorite thing to do in Key West is get on a bicycle and peddle through the neighborhoods in the morning. I could never spend a week there, but it is an ideal place to spend a 3-day weekend.