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January 3, 2012 Part 5 Sunset From Bahia Honda Key   Leave a comment

It might have been windy but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a beautiful Florida Sunset.

Crashing Waves On a Windy Day

 Mesmerized (this is my current screensaver)

Don’t Look Directly At The Setting Sun

CHSHHHHHHH The sound the sun makes when setting in the ocean – Crepuscular Rays

Night Settling on Bahia Honda Key – Orange

Night Settling on Bahia Honda Key – Yellow

Night Settling on Bahia Honda Key – Purple

Next: January 4 Everglades Park

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Posted June 23, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

January 3, 2012 Part 4 Bahia Honda Bridge   Leave a comment

Next stop was the Bahia Honda Bridge.  We were heading East towards Key Largo on Highway 1 and stopped at the far end of the bridge.  It was a bit scary walking out to the edge of the bridge and the strong winds just added to my unease.  We exchanged photos with a couple that was heading to Key West (he had promised his girl a Key West Sunset). We would head over to Bahia Honda Key for our sunset opportunity. 

On the Edge of Revolution – On top of the roadway someone had sprayed the word “Revolution”

 Man vs Nature – Nature partially won; 1935 Labor Day Hurricane weakened the bridge. Prior to the Labor Day Hurricane, Bahia Honda Bridge was part of the Overseas Railroad.  In 1938 it was converted for automobile traffic to becoming part of the Overseas Highway.  A new four lane bridge was built in 1972.  Two of the truss spans have been removed to accommodate boat traffic. 

 

Between  – Under Highway 1

Bahia Honda Rail Bridge, Scuba Diver and Coral Reef Tide Pools

Tide Pool Pile – there were several ‘dry’ pools that had a pile of shells deposited from a previous high tide or storm

 Bill

Next:  Bahia Honda Sunset

Posted June 17, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

January 3, 2012 Part 3 Gulf Side of Key West   Leave a comment

After visiting the “Southern Most Point” Bill and I stopped by a few shops in the area (very touristy but fun).  We headed over to the gulf side of the island.  Bill wanted to put his feet in the gulf side too (unsuccessful – this will require another trip to Florida).  After finding a place to park we headed towards the water but only got as far as a boardwalk.  We had a great view of a cruise ship and tug boat.  After walking around a bit we decided to get out of the wind and enjoyed lunch and people watching.  We stopped for a picture of the end of Highway 1 to match the beginning of Highway 1 we took the previous day.  We also stopped by Harry Truman’s Little White House.

Our Time in the Keys was coming to an end and we wanted to stop by “the broken bridge” (our name for bridge near Bahia Honda Key). 

 Banyan Tree (Strangler Fig) wraps its roots around a host tree.  Pictured below are this older tree’s “Aerial Roots”.  Banyan Trees are the choice plant for bonsai.

 

Cruise Ship and Tug Boat

Windy Day – It wasn’t a gentle tropical breeze kind of day as seen from the Palm leaves below.

Beginning/Ending Highway  1 –  Highway 1 extends from Fort Kent, Main at the Canadian/U.S. Boarder to Key West, Florida.  We have traveled parts of Highway 1 in other states.  Perhaps someday we can color in all 2,377 miles of  Highway 1 as ‘traveled’.

NEXT:  Bahia Honda Bridge

Posted June 16, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

January 3, 2012 Back to the Keys – Say Cheese Part 2   Leave a comment

Even though we had an early start and chose a quicker route, there was a line when we arrived at our desired destination; Most Southeastern Point of the United States.  There is a circus like atmosphere – everyone standing in line for the same purpose – a big cheesy smile photo  standing next to a huge block of concrete.  It was fun talking to the people around us.  According to signage in various places throughout Key West, Cuba is just 90 miles from the tip of Key West. 

Key West is closer to Havana (106 miles)  than it is to Miami 129 miles)  In 1980 a sharp downturn in the Cuban economy and resulting unrest the Cuban government announced that anyone who wanted to leave could .  Between April 15 and October 30, as many as 125,000 Cubans journeyed from Cuba’s Mariel Harbor (The Mariel boatlift) to Florida.  The U.S. Cost Guard and Marines could ‘assist but could not directly transport’ refugees.  The U.S. Army provided assistance to the over taxed Florida national guard and provided on the ground safety and security.

Waiting to Say Cheese

Say Cheese

Bill in the Atlantic Ocean (he said the water was really cold)

NEXT:  A few more pictures from Key West

Posted June 13, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized

January 3, 2012 Back to the Keys   Leave a comment

We thought we could make a quick trip back down to Key West for the sister shot to the most Northwestern Point of the Continental U.S. – the most Southeastern Point of the U.S.  We had picked out a few things we liked and would try to capture; broken down bridges, a tree growing in a dilapidated bridge etc.  It proved to be a sunny but very windy day. 

Pelicans, herons and egrets don’t exactly have a smooth landing.  I love to watch these large birds take off.  Their take offs are a bit labor intense but has a grace in its own manner.  But Oh My – those landings! I seemed to hold my breath just waiting for a bird to miss ‘step’ and tumble ass over tea kettle.  This day’s strong winds found me holding my breath each time they flew close to the roadway/bridges getting caught in a cross current or when they tried landing  on the adjacent  abandoned bridge (runs parallel in several places along highway 1 from Key Largo to Key West).  The skies stayed rain free but there were many cloud shadows to entertain me.

Broken Bridge and Cloud Shadows

Nature vs Man = Bridge Tree  Someone had decorated this tree with Christmas lights.  Unfortunately we couldn’t safely stop and take a picture of the lights. 

Brown Pelican in Flight –  fighting air currents of a windy day in Florida

Many shades of Turquoise

 NEXT:  Most Southeastern Point of U.S.

Posted June 10, 2012 by cjaaron1 in Uncategorized