Monday, August 25, 2008
  Taste of the Keys
I didn't get many pictures, at all. This would be a combination of a Friday migraine (first one since, uh, before the Galapagos, so pre-May), sleeping in, and doing things where I dared not take my camera.

Man, I wanted some rooster pictures. I saw two mama chickens with their chicks, too, but had no camera. They will have to wait until next time, I guess. Here are the pictures I've uploaded so far. I may have a few more keepers, but I have no patience for going through them again right now.

Great Egret again

This egret had fishing line on his back. It pissed me off -- $&%(! fisherman -- but he seemed okay anyway. He was fishing (successfuly) and could fly, so let's hope it stays that way.

Water with lemon

Chris was out at the car looking for a sleeveless shirt (this will make a few of you giggle), so I amused myself by taking lots of pictures of our water glasses. I think our nice waitress thought I was silly. This was at the Green Turtle Inn. I have passed this place many times -- even stopped to get a picture of the sign as, at night, the turtle looks like it's swimming. But this is the first time I ate there. I was displeased to discover that they actually serve TURTLE there. Green Turtle Chowder. We both hoped it meant it was just a house specialty, so we asked. Farmed, the waitress assured, which did not assure much. Do we even farm turtles here in the States???

Chris on a trail

Walking the trail. (Cameraphone picture. I again love the BlackBerry. The pics ain't SLR quality, but it sure is nice to have a camera on you sometimes when you don't want to lug the big guy around.)

Me at Bahia Honda

Yours truly in dorky hat. (Cameraphone picture.)

Bahia Honda

This guy made me laugh a little. I think he knew I was taking his picture.

The Good Life

Pretty place, eh?

Pink flowers at the famous Key West cemetary

We went to the cemetary, but didn't stay long... it being high noon and melty weather and all. And Chris was getting bummed out by the graves. I did get some flower pictures, though. This place is legendary... colorful locals putting colorful stuff on their gravestones and whatnot. That will be for another time.

We saw an eagle ray off the old bridge

An eagle ray. A non-spectacular picture, but I took this thing from a BRIDGE, so what do you want from me??? ;)

It is SO SO SO pretty there. Hopefully Chris will have to cover that office again soon...
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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