Travel Photo Thursday
Last week I shared some photos of the vintage Florida attraction, Cypress Gardens, which has been swallowed up by Florida Legoland©.
This week I’m back to the same year,–1998, the same state–Florida. However, we’re visiting Key West, which never seems to change. Thank goodness. Same weirdness, same beautiful ocean, same graceful 1900′s homes, same feral chickens, same Cuban food, same love of all things retro, and even Ernest Hemingway still hangs around. You’ll also find the spirit of President Harry Truman, a civil war fort and one of the more famous sunsets in the world.
Key West natives love to brag about being the southernmost point of the United States, closer to Havana than to Washington D.C.
We took dozens of pictures of the sunset at Key West, but the thing we will never forget, we could not catch on film. We saw the Green Flash. We had first heard about it in San Diego, where there is a restaurant called the Green Flash in Pacific Beach. But as much as we stared at sunsets, we had never seen it.
We sat on the pier in Key West, snapping pictures and watching the sun sink into the ocean. When it finally dipped below the inky waves, we simultaneously turned to each other and said, “Did you see it?” We did. We saw the green flash that appears just before the sun dips below the horizon. If you want the science, go here, but frankly, I’d rather just think it is a mystical moment visited on very special people.
Did you ever see a Green Flash? Where?
This is my weekly Travel Photo Thursday contribution to the idea hosted by Budget Traveler’s Sandbox. Go to that site to see many more travel pictures from around the world.
And do come back tomorrow for Brette Sember’s review of a Key West Cookbook!
I took these pictures in 1998 and they are scanned from slides. Please respect my copyright.