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Alley Color
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Black, white and unisex

Any questions?
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Inside the balloon

At a hot air balloon launch I was trying to take a photo while this was inflating. The owner told me I could go inside for a better photo so I told him and his wife to join me.
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Twas the night before

Key West knows how to decorate.
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Hat shop

Custom made in Key West from palm fronds and don't forget the matching drink koozie.
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Las Vegas street walking

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A Foggy Point Sur Light Station

Along the California coast this lighthouse was erected in 1889 to help ships navigate in the fog. When we arrived at its base the skies were clear but in the 30 minute climb to the top the fog rolled in and completely surrounded us.
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Just caught my eye

Sometimes while walking through old neighborhoods in Key West porches will talk to me.
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Richard

Richard has been living on the streets of Key West for many years.
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Sunday morning

I saw these people walking down a lane in Key West. On their way to church on a bright Sunday morning I asked them to pose for me in front of this green wall.
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Bull and Whistle Bar

This famous Key West tavern on Duval Street boasts a different bar on each of its 3 floors, each with a different theme.
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Reflective layers

Walking in Miami I saw this wild reflection of multiple layers. When I got home and went through the photos I was able to really appreciate the depths of what I saw. Window, restaurant, wall of graffiti, new building and somebody standing on the sidewalk.
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Back road oddities

While driving the backroads one never knows what one will find. This one called Tin Man appeared along a remote farm road in central Wisconsin.
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Welcome

What makes Key West...Key West
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Sunset Fishing

Last chance for the big one on a pier in Key West.
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Street shooting

Taking night photos on Duval which is the main tourist street in Key West.
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Getting ready

State Fair about an hour before the gates open. Celebrating 174 consecutive years, the 2023 Wisconsin State Fair greeted 1,043,350 guests during its 10 days.
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Curry Mansion

Always decorated for all holiday, it was built as a private home in 1869 and now a beautiful bed and breakfast in Key West.
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Lines, shadows and contrast

Walking down the street with my black & white camera I'm always looking for lines, shadows, contrast and maybe a story of some sort. With no color you need something else but when you see you see it in color so if you like that aspect of photography it makes it kind of fun. So a guy is walking down the street and finishes his beer.........
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Free Flowers

Came upon this while driving on the causeway towards Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake of Utah
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Fun hobby

Action, color and balance...quickly take the shot and decide later if I like it. At first I didn't, then I did, so now you can decide.
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In what way?

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Key West Creative

Bike wheel, basket and poinsettia.
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Havana Gallery

These fellows had a little photo gallery and knew a few words of English so we "talked" photography. They, like most cubans, were doing so much with so little.
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Bruce

A very colorful, among other things, friend in Key West.
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Step Right Up & Win a Prize

Squirt gun guy and a couple fairgoers.
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Words were hard to come by

I started typing a caption a few times but deleted them because any attempt at explanation just doesn't come out right. Let me just say on a normal day, Key West is difficult to explain but Fantasy Fest week makes words impossible.
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Wisconsin State Fair

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Bicycle Club

These are my fellow Key West Bicycle club members. I consider myself to be extraordinarily fortunate to have this many friends, and good looking ones at that.
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So Be

Wonderful people watching, Miami's South Beach also known as So Be.
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Home

When walking around fringe areas I come across scenes like this quite often. Occasionally I'll take a quick photo and move on, not wanting to appear to interested. It's when I see the photo on my big screen that for the first time really look them. As you now do, note this is someones home, belongings sheltered from the rain. I note the furniture (table &chair), closet (hanging clothes), bedroom, storage (suitcase) and vehicle (shopping cart). Pretty much what I have but photos like this really make me realize how fortunate I am.
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Alley Color

Walking the Las Vegas alleys and streets in the early morning one finds all kinds of grungy photo opportunities. This is a colorful area between the Strip and Downtown that is trying to remake itself.
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Fantasy Fest

Face painted and costumed for the Key West Fantasy Fest parade
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Parade Painted

Face painted and costumed for the Key West Fantasy Fest parade
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Miami Rain

Walking in the Wynwood Walls area of Miami and the rain kept coming down. It was good for photography as it kept the light even, no really bright or dark areas and there were plenty of people who had stopped moving.
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For those who wondered

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Guard Dog

The Shih Tzu is an Asian toy dog breed originating from Tibet. They are well-known for their largely fun and playful personality, and calm and friendly temperament. They are highly independent dogs, and are able to adapt well in different situations. That was per Wikipedia but, if there was no glass between us he surly would have eaten me.
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Parade Happy

Face painted and ready for the Key West Fantasy Fest parade
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Parade Feathered

Painted and costumed in the Key West Fantasy Fest parade
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Wisconsin

Old house in Eagle Wisconsin.
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Fire Lookout Tower

Jacob Lake Lookout Tower is located in North Kaibab AZ. Built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), it is an 80’ Aermotor steel tower with a 7’ x 7’ metal cab and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can still climb the tower to view the area and see the Osborne Fire Finder.
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Hard Worker

Cuban farmer using twin oxen to plow his tobacco farmland.
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Harbor Pilot

The pilot is boarding a moving cruise ship from a pilot boat to guide it into the Key West Harbor. As trained experts with detailed knowledge of Florida’s waterways, pilots protect our ports from harm and ensure the safe passage of ship traffic. These highly skilled professionals accept the enormous responsibility of guiding a ship, its crew and cargo safely through the harbors.
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Dressed and ready

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Old World Wisconsin

Old World Wisconsin is an open-air museum located near Eagle Wisconsin. It depicts housing and the daily life of settlers in 19th-century Wisconsin, with separate areas representing the traditions of different ethnic groups who settled in the state. Costumed interpreters portray the occupations and chores of typical settlers of the time. Opened in 1976, the museum is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The largest outdoor museum of rural life in the United States, it encompasses approximately 480 acres of rolling wooded hills. It contains more than 60 historic structures, ranging from ethnic farmsteads with furnished houses and rural outbuildings to an 1880s crossroads village with traditional small town institutions. Wikipedia
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Cat Man

For almost 40 years the Cat Man has been entertaining the Key West crowds at sunset with his highly trained ordinary house cats. Here one is jumping through a ring of fire.
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Light em up

Twenty some balloons launched into the afternoon sky and flew away. After returning they waiting for dusk where they stay tethered to earth while using their burners to glow their colors. This took place during the Monroe WI county fair.
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The Green Parrot

The Green Parrot is the best dive bar in Key West. Opened in 1890 as a grocery store where local musicians would gather. When WWII began it changed to the Brown Derby Bar then in the 1970s it was renamed The Green Parrot. Today, come for the atmosphere and stay for the music.  No food, just free popcorn. And don’t worry what live band is playing… they are all good.
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Artsy Old Sign

Walking around Las Vegas and it caught my eye.
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Vanity

Yes....a selfie
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A point of reference

All large cities have homeless issues and Las Vegas is no exception. When I raise my camera and zoom in I feel like I'm invading privacy from the safety of distance. But it's good to look at these photos because they are a constant reminder that my good fortune should not be taken for granted.
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Fantasy Fest

Walking around with a camera during Key West Fantasy Fest provides all kinds of interesting things to shoot especially the people wearing paint. Body painters from all over the country come to town for the 10 day festival where people pay thousands of dollars to be painted. Then they stroll up and down Duval Street showing off their mobile art. This lady chose paint colors that go perfect on her.
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Face Art

During Fantasy Fest in Key West it's easy to come across painted people who are eager to have their photo taken.
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Beach Time

Walking Miami Beach
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Birdman

Walking around Las Vegas I always find interesting things to point a camera at. Here a guy on a light pole attracted both myself and a bird.
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Petronia

Petronia Street in Key West has some unique shops, galleries and restaurants.
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Very good junk

This was in a collection of equally good junk collected by one of those guys who collects junk...best description I have.
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Manitowoc Lighthouse

Built in 1895. Rebuilt in 1918. Automated in 1971 is marks the entrance to the Manitowoc WI harbor on Lake Michigan.
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Made me look

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David vs Goliath

Note Apache gunship off the bow
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Flower Basket

Sidewalk in Key West
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Car Show Selfie

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Morning Workout

This gentleman in Havana was doing stretching exercises on what used to be his front porch.
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Fantasy Fest

Key West Florida
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Original homestead

1800s Wisconsin original home
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Because

I liked something about it...still do I guess.
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The Key West Mine

A group of us hiked to the mine located in Gold Butte National Monument. This photo encompasses Jim, our leader, parts of Gold Butte, Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the Grand Canyon. The combined area of these 3 areas under "National" status totals 2,700 square miles. It's an amazing feeling to be out there in its vastness.
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St George Carousel

The carousel in downtown St George Utah is a fully restored antique brought over from Chicago.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Key West cigar lady
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Morning Neon

Walking Old Town Key West
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Fremont to the Strip

Old downtown Las Vegas to the Strip has pretty much colorful everything.
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Dantes at Christmas

Decorated for Christmas, Dantes of Key West
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Cuban Ladies

My guess is mother and daughters.
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Along the river

Came across this riverfront property that had interesting materials and lines. Looked like it could be a good jigsaw puzzle.
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Quiet Morning

Sunrise in Wisconsin
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Christmas Harbor

Key West harbor.... as unlikely as it would be, snow would be a pretty addition to this photo.
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Hoover Dam

You are looking at the Colorado River as it exits the bottom of the dam after it has gone through the turbines on each side to generate electricity. I'm standing on the very top middle of the dam so Lake Meade is behind me.
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Morning walk

Walking around Key West shortly after sunrise one side of the street is bathed in sunlight. These glowing trees against the white buildings looked like a nice photo in black and white.
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Side Mirror Doubler

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Period correct

Original 1800s farmhouse owned by the WI Historical Society
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Southernmost beach

This is the southernmost beach in the continental US, located in Key West FL. Admittedly it's not a very interesting photo but if you could feel the wind and hear the surf maybe you'd see why I not only took it, but shared it with you.
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Snowman

As it was almost 70 degrees he didn't last long.
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Not entirely sure

Passing through some economically dead former mining town was this......
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Walking Las Vegas

Early morning walking down alleys and streets in an area between the Strip and Downtown Fremont street one will find all kinds of photo opportunities.
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Early State Fair

Arrived at the Wisconsin State Fair 2 hours before opening during which time only the vendors were there setting up. I wandered around with my camera like I do but without the throng of fairgoers. Anyway, I saw this young lady waiting for the gates to open.
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Harbor Lights

The Key West Harbor is very nicely decorated at Christmas. The reflections really enhance the lights.
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BO’s Fish Wagon

Caroline Street, Key West
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Old World Wisconsin

A very young girl dressed in period clothes at an original 1800s farmhouse owned by the WI Historical Society
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Rick’s

A bar on Duval Street sporting plenty of action. I took this around 6am on a walk around Key West one morning.
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Street walking

Sometimes I wander through Key West neighborhoods looking for the things that normally would not cause me to pause. But with camera in hand, scenes like this make me stop a moment during which they tell me a brief story.
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Waiting for the gardener

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Harpoon Harry’s

Another Key West icon...love the colors.
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Real Fish

Fantasy Fest costume Key West
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Getting Ready

Each year at the end of October Key West welcomes Fantasy Fest. Trying to stay with the annual theme, painters decorate people as part of the festivities.
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Not so odd really

Most days encountering a red woman riding a bike through a cemetery would seem odd. But this being Fantasy Fest in Key West it's simply photogenic.
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Techatticup Gold Mine

April 1861, silver and some gold and copper lodes had been discovered by John Moss and others in what became known as El Dorado Canyon. In 1867, to secure the riverboat traffic and protect miners in the canyon from Paiute attacks the U.S. Army established Camp El Dorado, an outpost at the mouth of El Dorado Canyon that remained until it was abandoned in 1869. From 1870 the mines again were active to the point where from 1879 to 1907 El Dorado Canyon again had a post office, now in Clark County, Nevada. The mines continued to produce ore until World War. Wikipedia So, the gentleman that owns the mine leads people on tours. When coming to one intersection of shafts you can just make out a skeleton in tattered clothes leaning against the rock wall. When I asked who that was he said "the first boy that dated my daughter" then he turned and kept walking.
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Eye Catching

Fantasy Fest ready
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Date Night

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Piano man

Playing for tips on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. He was actually very very good.
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Something is important

I like this scene. Fountain, shoes off and close huddle. Took this on a Sunday afternoon while wandering around Chicago, one of my favorite places to carry a camera.
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Just a porch

Sometimes I go for camera walks. Here in Key West the houses are usually small and close together but all have porches. I think are outside rooms that give us a secret glimpse of what is maybe inside.