The Key West Cemetery

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The small military section at the Key West cemetery.

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Old graves. The one on the bottom right Is Kermit Adams. I’m assuming based on when he was born, he was not named after the frog. It seems Kermit was a popular name for Key West residents.

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A great old tree right in the middle.

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One of the biggest tombstones in the cemetery.

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One of the pioneers of Key West.  Interesting story of his life here.

Just a few pictures of the cemetery. We walked through pretty quickly since it was getting late and the cemetery closed at sunset.

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Sunset in May

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Beautiful sun going down on Fort Desoto Park. Happy 4th of July weekend!

Skywatch Friday

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Fuzzballs being fed fish

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There’s something about these little balls of fuzz that are so adorable. They’re only a few days to a week old and they try to act brave and walk around. Then something spooks them and they go running back under mom. The black skimmers have been nesting here for a long time. I’m not sure how many years but I’ve stopped by to take a peek at the babies since 2009. In 2012, tropical thunderstorm Debby wiped out most of the babies due to flooding. It was sad summer that year. The next year the skimmers were back with a bang. Tons of babies since then.  And, tons of pictures this year again. More to come of these cuties.

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Hawks, woodpeckers and a lubber

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A Cooper’s hawk sitting near his nest. The babies were too small to see them when I took this. The nest was pretty far back off the boardwalk.

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Juvenile red shoulder hawks were finally big enough to move around off the nest.

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A pileated woodpecker and a downy woodpecker were both looking for bugs. The downy already had a snack.

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Tufted titmouse live in the park all year round.

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Grasshoppers were starting to invade the park. This one is a baby lubber. He’ll turn all yellow when he grows up.

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Bunnies at the park.

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Little critters at Lettuce Lake

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Butterfly on a buttonbush.

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Above are shots of a really big wasp eating some kind of moth. Very weird.

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A lizard showing off.

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Snoozing.

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Watching a squirrel grooming.

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Views of the lake taken with my phone camera.  That limpkin in the middle one did not want his picture taken.

A quiet morning at Lettuce Lake Park.

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More funny faces at the zoo

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An early morning walk at the Lowry Park zoo produced a lot of funny faces. A baby marabou stork all grown up, a screech-owl missing eye that found refuge at the zoo and a loving boat billed heron couple among a few I saw. The caracara in the last picture was shot in the wing. He has a permanent home at the zoo where he can do his hop/fly low on the ground. We don’t really see any caracaras on the coast since they mostly live in central Florida so this is a good chance for kids to get up close and see one.

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One last look at Key West

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A scene not a lot of people see here in Key West. What the streets look like early in the morning. Empty. This was right before 9am. We walked across Duval street to go the butterfly house. I wanted to get there early since it was going to be too hot to be in there after lunch. It’s not air-conditioned.

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I’m assuming that’s an unwelcome hand drawn red fish on his door.

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At lunchtime, more people out on the streets.

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Walking around after dinner.

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Scenes at Mallory Square in the heart of Key West. People come every night to watch the sun set. It’s a little outdoor party.

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Even though it was sunny all day, we missed the sun going down every night we were there. The clouds and late day quick showers would come in.

 Skywatch Friday

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Cutest of all duck babies.

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Sometimes when you go out expecting nothing, you get a big something. I was at the botanical gardens in Largo thinking I would not see much but moorhens and doves. I was focusing on taking pictures of flowers. As I was walking towards the rose garden, I saw this line of baby ducks out of the corner of my eye. Thinking they were baby mallards, I almost didn’t stop. But, since all baby ducks are cute, I decided to stop for a minute and take a break. I’m glad I did. They were wood duck babies. They mostly look like mallard babies but way cuter. The parents were keeping them close. Those baby moorhens were looking at the little parade go by like “What are those little ducks?”  I snapped a handful of pictures as they cruised by and headed on to the rose garden.

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Birds in south Florida

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Pelicans in the mangroves.

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Green herons were everywhere.

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My first Wurdemann’s Heron (parents are a great blue heron and a white morph great blue heron).  They are fairly rare and mostly seen in south Florida. Our sailboat captain pointed him out while we were kayaking around some mangroves about an hour south of Key West.  He looks almost like the great blue heron but his head and neck are more white.

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It looks like he has something stuck on his eye.

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Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.

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A grackle in the fountain at our hotel.

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Our hotel resident green heron.

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After looking all week for the white crowned pigeons, I found them in our hotel  parking lot the day we were leaving.

Random birds I found in Key West in April.

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Saturday walk through a garden

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Bright colors were everywhere at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in late May. Trees and bushes were blooming and since there were very few birds, I started taking pictures of the flowers. These were my favorites.  The gardens are next door to the Pinellas county animal services. I have seen volunteers walking the dogs through the gardens on Saturday mornings. I’ve seen one man several times who spends time with the dogs, getting them ready for adoption. This one below was looking for a good home.

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