Once upon a time this was a bright and shiny business that the owner was very proud of. Then for some reason unknown to me, the business closed down and the buildings were abandoned and the property became overgrown. I guess “It Happens Over Time”, a sad fact of life. Now the property is for sale, 14 acres, and sooner or later the location will sport a brand new bright and shiny business. I hope it’s a McDonald’s, or a Wendy’s, or a Carrabba’s, or etc.
I’m assuming that this building was also part of the adjoining business location. It not, it still has been abandoned and is a perfect example of “It Happens Over Time”.
Today I tried to get organized and get caught up on my 52 weeks. As you can see, I’m at Week 36, and should be at week 43. I’ve got ideas, but just haven’t brought them together. Anyway, I went outside this afternoon, and having had a couple of “frog choker” rain showers I remembered that I hadn’t done Theme 9 yet. So I grabbed my camera and tripod and found some “Drops of Water”. This first shot is of some drops of water on the screening of my lanai. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it was some sort of bug.
Although this second shot looks like a couple of eyeballs through eyeglasses, it’s really a couple of “Drops of Water” on a little wooden clothes dryer.
“Simplicity”. I have suffered from “writer’s or photographer’s block” when it comes to this theme. For a theme as simplistic as “Simplicity” should be; I have just totally drawn a blank. Since my wife Barb retired at the end of April, I have become more active, tagging along with her on some of her errands. Last week we both had a couple of errands to run in Bradenton, so I went with her to Hancock Fabrics. While she was doing her shopping, I was wandering around the store when all of a sudden I looked at a counter and this display jumped out at me. Voila! “Simplicity”. There it is. There’s my post.
In 1825 someone in the U.S. Government had a “Bright Idea” and recognized a long known fact that without warnings the Florida Reef was a hazard to shipping. So another “Bright Idea” was born and a lightship, the Aurora Borealis was anchored in the Dry Tortugas to provide guidance to ship skippers in avoiding the reef and to mark the southernmost end of the reef. A year later in 1826 a permanent lighthouse was built on the Dry Tortugas and in Key West. There are currently six “Bright Ideas” along the reef. Most are in the Atlantic Ocean on the south side of the Florida Reef and are constructed of cast iron in a skeletal architecture. Lt George Meade (later General Meade of civil war fame) seems to have been in charge of the construction of several of the lighthouses.
This first picture is of the first lighthouse constructed in Key West at Whitehead’s Point, the southernmost point on Key West. It was first lit on January 13, 1826.
This next lighthouse is the Sombrero Key Light. It was a “Bright Idea” of Lt Meade and was first lit on March 17, 1858.
These “Bright Ideas” that led to the building of these “Bright Lights” have prevented many ship wrecks and saved many lives over the years.
The colors of the water here in the Florida Keys vary based on the depth and the bottom composition. Everywhere you look there are beautiful shades of green, from dark to light. These two pictures were taken at Bahia Honda State Park located on Bahia Honda Key. To me, they are a perfect example of the “Natural Beauty” of Florida.
This theme has been nagging me for 42 weeks. As you can see I’m about 10 weeks behind, but I’ve got subjects identified. I just need to get out there and get the pictures. Anyway, enough rambling. I’ve looked everywhere to try to come up with a combined theme, i.e. a statue in front of a law library or courthouse. Unfortunately there haven’t been any statues where I have looked. This week we’re down in Key West and I found several statues. Here’s my response to “Statutes/Statues“.
This first image is at Mallory Square, the location of the World Renowned “Sunset Celebration”. I wasn’t fortunate to find any info on these various statues, but I’m sure you can get the idea. I’m assuming this gentleman is a “sponger” going back to the sponge industry of years ago.
This next statue was also at the waterfront and can be found in front of the Art and Historical Society Old Custom House Museum. Once again I was unable to find a description of this statue. It kind of reminds me of the “Unconditional Surrender” statue currently displayed in Sarasota.
I’m sure this final statue will be recognized by many as it refers to the Pirate history of Key West and the Florida Keys. Others may also connect it to the carefree, party lifestyle representative of this area. I found this statue at the entrance to “Mr. Cheapee’s Liquor and Stuff” on Caroline Street near where we parked for the day (under a big ol’ shady oak tree).
There you have it folks; my response to “Statutes/Statues” with some of the “Statues of Key West”.