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Just caught my eye
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The real deal

This guy in the junkyard office was saying we should be careful about the snakes. He mentioned rattlers and green vipers and I said green vipers were a new one on me. Walks over to the fridge, opens the freezer and takes one out to show me. I'm sure it was the corn dogs that convinced me it was picture worthy.
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Petronia Street

Area of art galleries, shops and restaurants in "Old Town" Key West FL
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Body Painting

In preparation for Fantasy Fest in Key West
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One of a Kind

Walking down Duval Street one evening I come across this minivan with a large very well made kaleidoscope permanently attached to the hood. I of course looked into the end and turned the wheel. As it was pointed toward the sun the colors began to mix like a big round stain glass window. Very cool.... you should never walk around Key West without a camera or sense of humor.
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Merry Christmas

Says the flamingo
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Dining Out

A classic
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Selfie

I apologize but sometimes when around an old candy dispenser my ego gets the best of me.
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Fantasy Fest Model

This gentleman was a model for a body painting studio. He was painted differently every time I saw him during the week long festival.
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On A Walk

Slow walking with a camera in hand can yield some, in my opinion, interesting stuff.
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Color Coordinated Guy

Just walking down a Key West back street when this guy comes riding by.
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After Hours

Street in Key West called Petronia that day or night is pleasant to walk down. Nice shops and restaurants away from the hustle of Duval Street. This shop was closed but full of color. Happened to have a good lens on the camera that performs well in low light.
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In the rain

Walking across a Miami street wearing a plastic poncho I see this guy looking very cool under his umbrella. I asked if I could I take his picture and with a smile he said yes. So out comes the camera and I pushed the shutter button. Showed him the photo, we chatted about umbrellas with holes vs sweaty ponchos and I moved on.
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Las Vegas Graffiti Art

Walking around the Fremont Street area of Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to find all kinds of photo opportunities. This one in particular caught my eye as it seems you could peel back the layers of graffiti that have accumulated over the years.
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The Bull

The Bull is a famous bar in Key West. Only in the early morning do you find a primo table like this available.
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Clownin around

Innards of an old steam powered popcorn wagon. When the engine is working the clown is turning the capsule full of popcorn.
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Alley Flower

Walking through an alley in Las Vegas that spray can artists had decorated we came upon this growing in a planter with a sprayed shipping container in the background.
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Key West Art Gallery

I talked with this gentleman for quite awhile. He was in tough shape due to hurricane Irma which had dramatically reduced tourism and with it, months of income.
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Porch Art

I like interesting porches as they entice us into the house to see what's behind the door and meet the dwellers.
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Drag Strip

Not only is it the main street through Key West it is also the worlds longest drag strip. One of the events during Conch Republic days are the bed races, beds mounted on wheels pushed by female impersonators, a.k.a. Drag Queens. One end of Duval is the Atlantic Ocean and the other end is the Gulf of Mexico, hence the Worlds Longest Drag Race. True Fact
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Then War It Shall Be

The Conch Republic (also known as Key West and the Florida Keys) like many nations was born from trouble. The trouble started back in the dark days of March 1982, when the U.S. Federal Government placed a Border Patrol Roadblock at the Last Chance Saloon in Florida City. A seventeen mile traffic jam immediately ensued as the Border Patrol stopped every car leaving or entering the Keys, supposedly searching for illegal drugs and aliens who might be hiding under the front seats, in glove compartments, and in trunks. A Federal Miami court refused to enjoin the US Federal Government’s Border Patrol from treating the Keys like a foreign country. When the Key West delegation left the courthouse On April 23rd, Mayor Wardlow announced “We are going to go home and secede” and thus the Conch Republic was born. The Conch Republic flag was raised over city hall and the Schooner Western Union, under command of Captain John Kraus, went forth into the harbor and attacked the US Coast Guard Cutter DILIGENCE with water balloons, Conch fritters and stale Cuban bread. The DILIGENCE fought back with fire hoses and thus commenced the Great Battle of the Conch Republic. Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered and demanded foreign aid from the United States (which we are still waiting for!) The road block was quietly removed and the glorious Conch Republic was born. This event is celebrated each year with among other things a sea battle between the US Coast Guard and the Conch Republic Navy and Air Force. The sea battle is fought with water cannons while the Air Force bombs the Coast Guard ships with toilet paper, as seen here. For the past 40 years the Coast Guard admits defeat and shamefully sails back to their base. The city of course then has a parade. One year I had the admittedly very difficult task of being both an arial photographer and a toilet paper bombardier. We returned to the airport as glorious battle hardened winners.
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Window peeping

Walking around Las Vegas I took this through a window. Not the sharpest photo, nothing very interesting going on but for some reason I like it. It's even hanging in a (temporary) frame in the house.
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Oil of water

Walking along the water in Pacific Grove CA I came upon this artist who not only allowed me to take his photo but was also thrilled when I emailed the photo to him. For the next few weeks whenever I saw someone painting landscapes I'd take their photo at a similar angle and mail them their photos. It was fun for all of us.
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Original 1917

1917 Herschell-Spillman Carousel at Circus World Museum Baraboo, WI 24 jumping horses, 2 chariots, all wood composition and original 105 year old paint. In perfect working order and cost $1.00 a ride. During a break the operator was nice enough to let me walk around taking photos of the horses.
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Interesting

Key West street vendor has an interesting product line.
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Ahhhh

Waiting for a customer to crawl in
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Butch Lived Here

Robert Leroy Parker, A.K.A. Butch Cassidy, lived here with his family from 1880 to around 1884. The door was locked but I found this broken pane.
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Merry Christmas

This tree was in the lobby of the Curry Mansion in Key West.
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Rubicon WI

I drove through this very small town in WI last week. Had to turn around, take this photo then continued on my way. Photography will do that to you.
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Point Sur Lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse sits on a volcanic rock 361 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Erected in 1889, this Big Sur lighthouse has stayed in continuous operation since, and is the only complete lighthouse of its era in California.
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Tourist Treasure

Early morning walking on Key Wests Duval street.
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A Walk In The Park

Hiking through Red Rock Canyon which is close to Las Vegas, I turned the corner and saw this. As I took a few photos others started showing up including photographers. When they finished I found out it was a photo shoot for these two brothers who were performing in Las Vegas.
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Sunset Pier Key West

Sunset pier is a perfect spot on the water to watch sunsets while listening to live music.
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Fantasy Fest Week

A celebration full of creativity and fun.
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Interesting Inventory

Street Walking is always full of surprises. Had this store been open I certainly would have gone in to see what other treasures it offered.
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Key West Postcard

Though only 15 blocks end to end, Duval St is known as the worlds longest road because it connects the Gulf of Mexico and The Atlantic Ocean. And within a 3 mile radius you'll find 312 restaurants to choose from.
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To the bar

What the sign says. I liked the lighting.
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Hard Streets

Las Vegas was photogenic in a very sad, yet interesting way during the covid year. The handful of people that were there really stood out. This man and his friend had expressions that really caught my eye.
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Made me think

Stumbled upon this in a very old abandoned building which made me feel how lucky I am.
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Key West Postcard

It is rare but not surprising to have a giant octopus in your neighbors yard.
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Mast Guy

In preparation for sailing this guy is.... well, I'm standing on my balcony of a very tall 3 story building and the sailboat is about 80' in length, so whatever he's doing he's pretty high up.
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Patience

Waiting for that art customer to walk up and buy something here on Duval Street in Key West
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Family Photos In The Making

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How Many?

Ticket booth guy at WI State fair selling tickets on the Easyglider.
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Wisconsin State Fair

Every year in August fairgoers buy over 400,000 creampuffs.
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Kiss Me

At a hot air balloon launch in WI the winds picked up while they were filling causing these two to lean sideways.
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Eye catching corner

A borderline area in Miami called Wynwood Walls has some phenominal spray can art just about everywhere you walk. It seems to me the seedier the area is the better the art.
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Street Walking

Early morning is a great time for street walking with my camera. I stopped to take this one in Key West when the guy gave me a nice wave. I walked over and it turned out he's also a camera geek so we had a nice conversation about photography before I moved on to look for the next photo.
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Porches tell stories

While walking around I sometimes find porches that tell a story.
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A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words

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Early Morning Duval

Duval Street cuts through Old Town Key West. The Atlantic Ocean is at one end while the Gulf of Mexico is at the other. This rare scene without people can only be experienced about an hour before sunrise..
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Since 1899

Downtown Chicago fixture
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How could I not?

That is the Key West cemetery.....I had to take this photo and share it.
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Fence with locks

Walking down Fremont Street in an old section of Las Vegas
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Fly Fishing

Casting in Key West
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They were very very good.

Playing in from of the Chicago Art Museum.
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Nothing Special

Just a picture
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Just in case

Just in case the wall was not an adequate suggestion.
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I Wonder

Had a camera in hand when I came upon this local gentleman that I've seen many times before. Normally he elicits a quick glance and I move on. Though I felt I was somehow violating his space, I paused, took this photo and moved on. Now, frozen in time I'm able to actually look at him and I wonder.
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Just fishing with dad

Mallory Square dock in Key West
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Warm Sunday

One of many wonderful Chicago features
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Have a seat

These stacked chairs, for some reason, looked photo worthy.
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Barn Stuff

All I can say about this on is that it would make an interesting jigsaw puzzle.
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Festive Face Painting

Fantasy Fest primed
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More Faces

Popped into a Fantasy Fest painting shop and found a couple getting ready for a Key West Duval stroll. They were more than happy to let me take their picture.
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Extreme face art

Went streetwalking yesterday looking for more creative Fantasy Fest face painting and came upon this guy. It is a combination of paint, hair, contacts and skin prosthetics all combined in a great mix of colors.
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Las Vegas

Walked around Las Vegas a couple times during the Covid shutdown. The streets were virtually empty and the few that there were really stood out. This gentleman was actually a very good musician.
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Harpoon Harry’s

A Key West restaurant fixture. Food is nothing to remember but it is painted an outstanding color.
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Richard

When I met this gentleman he'd been living on the streets of Key West for at least 30 years. When I asked him how long he'd been homeless he said "since my car was stolen".
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Art in the making

A camera walk in Key West turned up a nice house where a finger painter was taking a break.
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Carl

Friend in Key West
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Another Photographer

Saw a couple guys set up with a camera in a median on a Chicago street. I walked over to see what they were doing and took this photo of what they were taking a photo of.
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Wall art

All things considered it doesn't look half bad. I'd be happy hanging this one on my wall..somewhere.
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Range Fence

In a Joshua Tree forrest - Utah
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Monster Bubble

There was a dad using dipped rope into soapy water creating these huge bubbles. I took quite a few photos of the daughter trying to catch them.
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Colorful Duval Street

Duval Street in Key West is in constant color bathed action.
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Sanibel Island FL

Known as the best shelling destination in North America.
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Fantasy Fest

10 days of color and imagination which for a camera guy equates to a "target rich environment" in Key West.
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While crossing the street

I'd expect this in Havana but not Chicago.
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Parade Ready

In costume for a Fantasy Fest float
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Happy Halloween

Roadside WI Halloween
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We Get Ready

The group forms up for photos before the Friday "Locals Parade" during Fantasy Fest in Key West. Believe it or not, there really is a theme.
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Triplets

Fantasy Fest Key West
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Billboard Art

Great idea for an unused billboard
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Red Head

Interesting Fantasy Fest paint job
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Fantasy Fest – Key West

He is on a float from Tampa with a group called F-Troop. I asked what they are and was told it was a mens club that travel around the country having fun while raising huge amounts of money for charity.
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Be Afraid

If you are not into body painting, some just have their faces painted which is great. Fantasy Fest attracts painters from all over the USA for this event.
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Winter is coming

Late fall in Wisconsin. Left my shoes out to dry but they froze overnight.
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Gotta love these

It's so much fun watching tourists around these.
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Steam Engine

Henry Ford Museum
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Porches more porches

I love taking photos of porches
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Sea Battle

An annual event in Key West - Conch Republic Navy vs US Coast Guard
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Feathery Fantasy Fest Friends

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Key West Cemetery

This is a 19 acre cemetery located in the Old Town area. It is estimated that as many as 100,000 people are buried here, many more than the 30,000 residents who currently live on the island. In 1847 it was established at its current location after a 1846 hurricane washed remains from the earlier cemetery out of the coastal sand dunes. On June 24, 1976, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places..
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Halloween yard art

Wisconsin
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Old Dade County Pine

This wood resists termites and rot. Very desirable building product in the tropics.
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Ghost Town Citizen

Rhyolite Nevada
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Says it all………

SL2 ISO 400 35MM f/4 1/640
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Fantasy Fest

The look I got when I asked her if he had his face painted.
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Sunset celebration or possibly breakfast

One early morning bike ride this, for some strange reason, just caught my eye.
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Face Painting

Fantasy Fest
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