Shimmering Stainless Steel Art Designs

Talk about cool! This artist has is down pat and a WOW factor to boot! The quality of work is so impressive even if you don’t purchase one of the many designs! I promise, browsing among the selection is worth the time seeking out the attraction alone.

Here at Fishbone Design the custom creations shimmer in the sunlight and scream out loud “I can’t be ignored!”. Though they may appear to be flat they are not, tails tilt and turtle shells curve giving these two-dimensional pieces life. All works can be sized to fit any given wall in your office or home.

You can find this FREE artistic feast for the eyes at Mile Marker 77.3 bayside on Lower Metacumbe Key next to the famous Robbie’s Tarpon Feeding attraction.

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Street Mural Brightens Former Graffiti Wall

A street mural brightens up a rarely visited part of town. Here in Key West on the outskirts of the Bahama Village is the bright yellow and white painting adorning an otherwise graffiti sprayed side of a building.

You can find this rarely seen artwork at the corner of Geraldine & Fort Streets near the Bahama Village area on the western side of the island.

Be careful, it’s on a one way street! While giving a personal tour to our friends Crystal & Wayne, I was stopped by two policemen on horseback who said “This is a one way street!” to which I replied “I’m only going one way… I’m assuming it’s the wrong way then!” 🙂 (sad but true)

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Bambi… How Cute!

Welcome to the little known and even harder to find National Key Deer Refuge on Sugarloaf Key. When I tell you that this place is desolate, remote, out in the boonies, &  in the middle of nowhere I’m not kidding at all.

I’m telling you now, this IS NOT a place for a family picnic, there’s no amenities & no attractions at all… AT ALL… there is absolutely nothing here, no restrooms & no tables. It consists of a straight 2-mile long road through scrub brush surroundings with the pavement ending several hundreds of feet before the water (as seen below). This is a place for two types of people, die-hard nature lovers & bike riders seeking solitude. We are the second type and do what others won’t and don’t (as seen below)… we chose to picnic on the pavement after peddling to its end. Motorized vehicles are prohibited, only by roller blades, hiking, or biking will you be able to enter… remember, this is a refuge NOT a park! To gain access to this remote refuge, you must first avoid Bambi as I did (as seen above) and then park your car outside the main gate (ok, the only gate) 🙂 then either hoof it or cycle the rest on your own… and I do mean on your own since you’ll probably be the ONLY ONES in the entire refuge during your visit which we like at times! I’ve known of this place for years and have made this journey approximately 5 times now and love it.

You can find this almost forgotten refuge at Mile Marker 19.4 bayside right at Sugarloaf Elementary School on Sugarloaf Key. Turn onto Crane Boulevard and drive past the infamous trio of road signs; Rocky Road, Bad George Road & Mad Bob Road then keep on the same road even after it curves left and head straight for its end. It’s well worth the time for some serious alone time with nature… that is, if you’re into that!

         

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Kitesurfing Wonderland!

Wow is this a sight to be seen, not 1, not 2, not 3 but I captured 6 kitesurfers at one time in the air at the same time! Here at the southeast corner of the island is where you’ll find Smathers Beach and its kitesurfers on its easternmost end.

I’ve seen these brave souls in action before but never in this quantity… this made for a photographers dream! The sky was full of wind-filled brightly colored kites streaking gracefully in artistic patterns with all students obeying their own space like a well choreographed play. This is not only a male sport oh no, ladies too were abound carrying their own weight performing their own tricks and jumps.

I could’ve stayed here for hours as others were doing just simply watching, but I had scheduled other plans that included your next blog! 🙂 So off I go to snap your next pictures and write its accompanying tale. Till tomorrow!

    

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Jolly Roger Estates

Ahoy mates, in my daily pursuit of something to see or do in the Florida Keys I’m always looking around corners, behind buildings and on the backside of signs. Shiver me timbers it paid off, look at what’s on the back of this cool sign.

Blimey, the front reads “Enter At Ye Own Risk” as if spoken by a pirate since the sub-division is named Jolly Roger. At the bottom it continues the pirate lingo theme by stating “Est.aarrr…lished in 1961″. On the back side, which largely goes unnoticed holds another booty of plunder consisting of the subdivisions location in Longitude N 24 degrees 39′ 55″ and Latitude W 81 degrees 23′ 16”. It continues to amuse by portraying the typical skull and cross-bones with a whimsical pony-tailed female adorned with a bow… cute I must say. It finishes off with a good-bye from a swashbuckler himself “Safe Travels Out There Mates”.

The bounty is worth it, now here’s ye treasure map worth a few doubloons… and remember, ‘X’ always marks the spot to where you can see this one-of-a-kind sub-division sign. It’s located at Mile Marker 28.3 oceanside near the entrance to Little Palm Island Ferry, you’ll see the subdivision sign on the right hand side of the road once turning onto the aptly named Pirates Road! “Don’t be searching here for Davey Jones’ Locker either or I’ll be glad to show you me cutlass… Arr!” 🙂

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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Remember the movie ‘Close Encounters Of The Third Kind’ when the lights shined down upon actor Richard Dreyfus in the opening scenes  beside the railroad tracks… well, that was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this boat at Schooner’s Wharf in Key West.

This dazzling blue light display is impossible to miss and all who see either stand and point at it or take a photograph as I did. Maybe you too can find this fantasy feast for your eyes beside the Schooner Western Union docked in the northwestern part of town in a fantastic area called Harbor Walk. This light show is FREE to passers-by and admired by all who see it.

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Mangrove Trail, John Pennekamp State Park

What a beautiful day here in south Florida, I’m sure this place is absolutely packed with picnickers! Mangrove Trail is a super place to walk around during your down time from cooking out or sunbathing while at John Pennekamp State Park.

I’ve reported on many things to do here before and this is no exception. The Mangrove Trial is a fantastic beautiful relaxed walk through the swamps filled with red, black & the rare white mangroves of Florida’s east coast wonderland. This trail is full of overhangs, nature’s archways (seen below), amazing sights, waterways and walkways that seem to go on forever!

The Mangrove Trail itself is FREE, the park does charge an entrance fee per car’s occupants… if I recall, maybe the $3 to $4 range. The park is so well worth the price, bring a picnic and make a day of it, there’s that much here to do!

         

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