Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Key West ... the southernmost point








Key West

The first time I visited here was almost 20 years ago in 1992
when Hurricane Andrew blew through.
  Much of the island was evacuated.  
But not me.  Couldn’t get on a flight.
So I rode it out.
My first hurricane.
On my 40th birthday.

Today, it has changed so much.
Many tourists, shops, bars and restaurants.
Even cruise ships.
I’m not one much for crowds.
And they are here. 
On Duval Street.
On Mallory Square.
But if you get off the main drag of Duval, 
you can once again find the charm 
of Key West.

I hope to show you some of it
over the next several days.

So stay tuned friends.
I’ll take you on a little tour.


And I'll even throw in a few of these guys!

Cause I'm that kind of girl.
~smile~



58 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

That first shot is gorgeous!

TexWisGirl said...

so funny! ashley took my exact words i began to type! and i was going to add, i always enjoy your shorebirds, so bring 'em on! :)

J Bar said...

Great shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Woody said...

Cool, thanks for sharing, I'm looking forward to more!! I'm with Ashley and Texwisgirl, that first one is stunning.

Hilary said...

Wow.. what a beauty of a sunset.

Ginny said...

Your first picture is stunningly beautiful! I remember Andrew, my brother-in-law's house was damaged.

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome capture, Reena! What a glorious way to end --- or begin! a day! Really breathtaking! And, of course, I love the bird! Look forward to more!! Hope you're having a great time! Enjoy!

Sylvia

gina said...

Such a gorgeous sunset to welcome you to Key West! Enjoy!

margie said...

gorgeous photos!!! i must admit my only foray to florida was long boat key up near sarasota.

Gillian Olson said...

Love those silhouettes. Looking forward to more. :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

If the upcoming pictures of Key West is anything like these, bring it on.

Debbie said...

the sun knew you were coming, the birds must have heard as well!!

i think your header has changed as well, it is breathtaking. i wish i knew how to do all the wonderful things you do here!!

have fun!!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

I love your tours! Looking forward to seeing more.

Celestial Charms said...

Such a beautiful sunset! I'll stay tuned. ;)
Maureen

Kathy said...

I'm jumping on the tour bus. Wait for me!

Catherine said...

I could use some of that warm sun! I'm with you my friend! Bring it on!
xo Catherine

Jill said...

So much beauty!

Your headed changes are lovely too.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Count me in for the virtual adventure!! I love seeing places thorough your eyes, or camera!! :-)

Patricia said...

I agree with everyone else. Love your travel shots and the second photo is awe inspiring. I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Judy said...

Stunning!!!! Key West is a place that I haven't been and want to go.

Kerri said...

~ WOW ~

Ivanhoe said...

Still so pretty. I have not been back since 1999, but I miss it. It's almost Caribbean down there. My fave vacation :)

Hartwood Roses said...

We will be hopping a plane on Friday morning, landing in Ft. Lauderdale, and driving to spend the week in Key West. I'm so excited, I can barely contain myself!!

My Journey With Candida said...

I always feel like I am on vacation with you when you show us your pictures. Enjoy the warmth!!

Liza said...

I love traveling with you.

Sandra said...

the beautiful sunset has not changed. awesome shot

Daryl said...

We visited Key West once over 30 yrs ago .. drove down from my parents place outside of Boca and when we got there .. well there were no inexpensive hotel/motel rooms to be had so we stayed at a pricy place overnight and in the morning drove around sightseeing before heading back to Boca .. I need another visit for sure ..

Liz said...

Wow love that bird shot so focused.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

The sunset with the sailboat silhouettes is amazing. Can't wait to see more! What a way to celebrate your 40th birthday.

Linda R. said...

Such lovely photos. I have never been to Key West.. I would LOVE to go someday! We do most of our traveling over here in the west for know!!

Hugs, Linda

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Am not one much for crowds either. I was there once..., more than 15 years ago. I remember it to be pretty touristy. Look forward to see more!!

Anika said...

Wow! Beautiful!

Pat Tillett said...

WOW! That first shot is AMAZING...
Can't wait for the photo tour!

Oliag said...

That sailboat silhouette photo is magazine worthy! You should submit it to some FL magazines!

Enjoy your trip!

S. Etole said...

A perfect, "Oh, wow!" ...

CherryPie said...

The sunset is stunning :-)

Ms. Becky said...

I hope you're eating lots and lots of key lime pie! happy day to you. and have the time of your life. I've always wanted to ride out a hurricane...

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow, nothing beats a beautiful sunset!

terrific shots, reena!!

betty

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Such gorgeous shots, the first one is breathtaking.

latebloomerbuds said...

Reena, you are a traveling diva! That first shot is magnificent! Will look forward to your tour and the colors of Key West. Have a wonderful time, Margie

Cozy Little House said...

Love, love, love your pics!
Brenda

Pat said...

These are such wonderful shots, Reena!

beth said...

are you driving ? if so, maybe you can take the long way home and go to seaside in the panhandle....it's not crowded at all :)
xo

Andrew said...

Trust me to have a Hurricane named after me lol..
I have visited Miami but never manged to reach the Keys... I would love to do the drive over the causeways. Is Hemmingway still a big attraction and do his 28 toed cats still survive in Key West.

Ann said...

looking forward to having you show us around.

EG Wow said...

Gorgeous!

Mama Zen said...

The color in that first shot is so gorgeous!

Barbara said...

I've always wanted to go to Key West, but only got as far as Miami (ironically, soon after Andrew's visit! I'm very impressed you rode it out!) I'm going to enjoy your tour!

justine said...

that first shot is absolutely wonderful! all your photos make me wish I was sitting there too!

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful shot!
I haven't been to Key West in way too many years.

Fotokarusellen said...

The first picture is stunning. The light and composition are perfect.
A very beautiful picture. Wonderful photo work.

ladyfi said...

Sigh- that first shot - so mesmerizing and gorgeous! Enjoy your trip.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

You got my attention w/ that beautiful sunset & I'm hooked already... bring on the tour! =)

I saw a documentary about haunted places in Key West & they said something about the name means 'Island of Bones' - When that part of Florida was settled, they found lots of bones on the beach where someone had killed a tribe of Indians, but I can't remember who it was... I wish my memory was better!!!

lisa said...

Reena, this looks like Heaven to me!!
Enjoy every moment!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

What a sunset! Wish I knew how to sail!

Serve up the mojitos and bring on the tour!

Grace

bobbybegood1 said...

I've never been to Key West. Thank you for taking me along on your trip. I feel better now. Cheers!!

Pat Tillett said...

Both are very nice pics, but that first one is amazing!

eileeninmd said...

I love that first shot, just beautiful. The gull is cute too. Wonderful photos.