A Week in Key West, Florida

It’s always fun to go down to the Florida Keys. I had not been down since Hurricane Irma and was a bit apprehensive about what I would find. Things were better than I expected with the exception of the wonderful Bahia Honda State Park. Much of its mangrove vegetation had been destroyed along with my favorite part of the beach. I once spent hours photographing the brown pelicans there as they dove for fish. I hope the beach will be able to be restored. The wonderful Key Fisheries dockside restaurant was still there in Marathon Key and the grilled lobster, scallops and mahi-mahi special was still delicious! Much had changed in Key West but the main things remained the same. First stop was, of course, the Cuban Coffee Queen, the best coffee in the world. The second stop was the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory on Duval Street. There are many exotic birds and butterflies to photograph in this large climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat. Prepare to sweat though!

Drops of water fall from the beak of an American flamingo wading in a pond in Key West, Florida

Closeup of the feathers on an American flamingo at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Key West, Florida

Turaco bird in tree, Key West, Florida

Closeup of Turaco bird in tree, Key West, Florida

Closeup of American flamingo, Key West, Florida

Red-billed firefinch on tree branch, Key West, Florida

Two white Java finches collecting material for a nest, Key West, Florida

Turquoise tanager perching on bush, Key West, Florida

Blue morpho butterfly on tree in Key West, Florida

January’s full moon through palm tree branches on Smather’s Beach, Key West, Florida

Couple in silhouette at sunrise on Smather’s Beach, Key West, Florida

Moon over Key West through palm tree branches, Key West, Florida

Silhouette of sailboat in front of setting sun at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West, Florida

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