February 26, 2017

Life is good, still.  Flip and I have good jobs that we enjoy going to – if one MUST work, that is.

We have been here for 1-1/2 years now, but it still feels new to me.   Both of us enjoy being here together.  For the most part, after work, we come home and have a great, healthy dinner, then read, play music or watch something G or PG rated on Net Flix.

The days and weeks are speeding by.  Due to having to work, we don’t have any big adventures planned.  Most likely, our next sailing trip, other than ones we take about once each month for a day, will be to Dry Torgugas National Park, about 40 miles west of Key West.

I am still trying to capture great photographs, but they seem to be few and far between.



These three birds, I discovered, are  Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, wintering in the Keys.

Thanks for your interest!    ~Karen

Friday, August 26, 2016

Last night, while I was drinking wine which I had chilled with ice, I took this picture:more drops

Then it rained really hard and the sun came out in a funny way, and I took this picture:


And because it was so beautiful out, I took another:

Before the Hurrican


These photos were taken this morning when I should have been getting ready for work:



That’s all for this post.


Sunday, August 14, 2016

Another day, another moon…


Another water reflection…


Here is a small portion of a picture of all of the moons I have photographed…


On another topic, we went sailing yesterday in beautiful, sunny weather.  Within 2 hours, we were experiencing 30 knots of wind and driving rain.  I actually got cold in the middle of summer in the Florida keys.




I secured my phone into the pocket of my rain gear, after taking the above picture.    When we got back to the dock, safely, I might add, I checked the photos I had taken.  The following is one that I DID NOT take, but was in my album…


My rain jacket is bright yellow.  The pockets are made of a white mesh.  The phone must have photographed the inside of my pocket.

There are no mountains in Marathon.


July 14, 2016

Last night, we went to ‘Business After Hours’ from 5:30 – 7:30 at Aquarium Encounters (http://www.floridakeysaquariumencounters.com), here in Marathon.   This ‘Business After Hours’ is put on by the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce.  Because Marathon Boat Yard and Marine Center is a member, and because I (Karen) am employed by MBYMC, the employees get the benefit of attending the fun stuff.

This monthly event is held at various locations ‘of interest’ in Marathon.   An informal dinner and drinks are served and the guests are invited to enjoy the venue.   It stormed while were there, but I got just a few pictures; nothing great, though.

Giant Grouper

The fish, turtles and crustaceans on display there are all from this area.  Flip and I have actually seen the Giant Groupers in the wild, right near our boat.

File Fish

We have not seen these File fish in the wild, however.  They are very thin, with a grotesquely small opening for their mouth.

Aquarium Encounters offers just what the name implies.  For a steep price, a visitor can buy various packages of interaction with the fish.  With the cost of the $20 admission, however, there are a few areas where you can touch and feel.  There is a ray pool where you can feed and touch, as well as another ‘pool’ with horseshoe crabs, anemones, starfish, whelks and shrimp.

While I was waiting in line for the food, feeling like I was wasting my time, I observed the following:

Mangrove roots
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Anole (?)  I have seen these in North Carolina

Then the rain came…

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And the thunder and lightning.

Did you know that Florida is the lightning capital of the US?


Sunday, July 10, 2016

This weekend, we did nothing exciting.  Unless you consider cleaning bathrooms, going to the grocery store, washing the boat, and performing ‘spring’ cleaning interesting.  Even down here, in the Keys, I guess one cannot, and should not, expect to have any degree of excitement every day.  Don’t get me wrong, cleaning is what I do best.  It’s a gift from God.  The gift-from-God part is that I truly love doing it.

Oh wait.  I forgot.  Something great did happen.  Last night, when the sun was shining just right on the water by our boat, I realized that we have our very own saltwater aquarium!  There is live coral along the banks and if you take enough time to look, you will see various species of tropical fish, too.  The kind people pay good money for in the pet stores!  I must figure out a way to ‘capture them on film’.  I don’t know the names/types of everything I have seen, but parrot fish and sergeant major fish are abundant.   I am determined to learn what each fish is before too long.

I have no new photos to post, so what follows is an old picture (well, from about 3-1/2 months ago) that is MY favorite.  And, I remember at Elaine’s wedding, Brent Gable mentioned that this is his favorite. Thank you, Brent! You have good taste.