A Florida Keys Paradox!

This is crazy funny to me, talk about a paradox. Despite popular belief that a paradox is ‘Two Doctors’… get it, ‘Pair of Docs’ 🙂 sorry, couldn’t help myself, it actually means a ‘Contradiction’. This is one of those things you might see on a late night TV show being made fun of by Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien.

I pulled over on the shoulder of the road to photograph the ‘Florida Keys Wildlife And Environmental Area’ sign. From the front it appears that all is normal (below). But what I saw when walking to one side of the sign from a different angle surprised the heck out of me! Take a look at what I saw in the background behind the main sign (above). The sign on the chain link fence reads: NO DUMPING, THIS TRASH SIDE CLOSED PERMANENTLY.

You can find this paradox of a sign ‘Environmental Area’ or ‘Trash Dump’ on the left side of the road at Mile Marker 93.7 on US-1 South directly across from the Wild Bird Sanctuary blogged about last year.

    

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Island School’s Sleeping Giant

Finds like this really make me smile and say WOW! Never once was I told, read, seen or heard about this from anyone before seeing it on my own. With increasing frequency I’m looking deeper past the obvious finding uniquely different sites that have remained hidden from me in plain sight for years over my hundreds of trips to Key West.

Cruising down US-1 I saw a tree out of the corner of my eye and just had to turn back around for a closer look. Wow, was I glad I did! Sitting about 50′ off the main road, you’ll have to pull over and park your car walking only a few feet for your souvenir photo. The tree trunk has grown at least 22′ along the ground before turning upward for some welcome sunshine. My beautiful better half says it looks like someone laying down feet first on the ground with their legs wide open and toes pointing upward… she’s right, it really does look like that…  A SLEEPING GIANT!

You can find this awesome example of nature’s splendor at Mile Marker 83.5 on US-1 in front of the Island Christian School. Definitely unique and worth a FREE visit to see such an incredible sight.

    

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Dagny Johnson Botanical State Park

What a neat rarely seen park! If you haven’t been here and don’t mind walking or have a bike then put this on your list.

This State Park allows NO vehicles so bring your peddle-powered transportation or walking shoes. It’s a very large park if walking, we rode our bikes and it still took almost an hour to cover the main roads and every path (and I do mean EVERY path). 🙂

I’ve photographed the main attractions (seen below), they are: a land-covered two lane tunnel which is very cool, a traffic circle made into a botanical picnic area, and a winding river perfect for a romantic picnic!

Be sure to come by and see this rarely visited Dagny Johnson Botanical State Park. To find it get on US-1 and head to Mile Marker 107.0 turning onto Card Sound Road and go north one mile on your right. The Park itself costs only a few dollars and is based on the honor system at the un-manned front gate.

    

    

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Picturesque Mangrove Swamp Deck

Grab a brew, sit down and enjoy the view of the Gulf of Mexico with such unique surroundings. Normally seen offshore and afar, here’s your chance for an up close and personal visit with these picturesque saltwater thriving foliage. Remember to bring your camera!

Once considered useless, the many values of mangroves are now evident. A variety of wildlife finds food and shelter in the mangroves. Their roots help stabilize the shoreline and also filter pollutants. Graceful long-legged wading birds build tree-top nests in their branches.

You can find this beautiful photograph setting of mangrove swamp and dock across the parking lot of the World Wide Sportsman store at Mile Marker 81.4 bayside on US-1.

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History Of Valentine’s Day

heartHAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! Do you know how and why Valentine’s Day came about? I do and now you will too! 🙂

The most popular martyrology associated with Valentine’s was a Christian saint named Valentinus that was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. During his imprisonment, he is said to have healed (others say fell in love with) the daughter of his jailer Asterius. Legend states that before his execution he wrote a letter to her that included the words “From Your Valentine” an expression still used today.

The day was first associated with romantic love in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. By the 15th century, it had evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering candies, and sending greeting cards (known as “Valentines“). Today’s Valentine’s Day symbols include hearts, doves, and winged Cupids.

Isn’t it GREAT to be just a wee bit smarter today! Now go and impress your mate by showing your knowledge of this most romantically evolved day of the year!

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Giant Human Birdcage

Does someone in your vacation party need a timeout? If so, here’s where you take them! 🙂

Oddities like this are always a great photo-op! Take this picture back to show your friends, I promise you’ll laugh each time you look at it in the future. I’ve passed this a number of times in the past always saying I’ll come back to it later yet never had until today. There was another couple there before us that obviously had the same idea, they snapped their best Saturday morning Tweety Bird cartoon pose and pulled out of the parking lot within minutes. There’s never a line, it’s FREE and always a blast to let loose for a few moments taking that unique souvenir photo. Tweet-Tweet my friends! 🙂

You can find this human birdcage at the corner of Truman & Watson located in the dead center of Key West where you too can act like Robin Williams in the 1997 big screen Hollywood comedy Birdcage.

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Airport Bar’s Historic Photo Wall

It’s a pictorial BONANZA and feast for your eyes! This is one of Key West’s best photo exhibits open to the public and FREE! You can easily spend 30 to 45 minutes just looking at the pictures on this one wall alone! There are plenty other photos around the bar that are equally worth your time once here. Get ready to see some of Key West’s one-of-a-kind historical pictures only found here for all to admire.

Oh yeah, while here check out the bar stool legs that are shaped into airplane propeller replicas along with an actual propeller protruding from the main bar’s mirror (both seen below). This is an excellent side trip addition to anyones Key West adventure for seeing something other than beaches, Duval Street, & Southernmost Buoy.

You can find this spectacular photographic history of Key West on display inside the Conch Flyer Bar located at Key West International Airport’s departure terminal.

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