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KEY WEST: SHIPWRECKS SHELLS SQUARES & SUNSETS – Guest Post

THANKS FOR VISITING!!!

Today we continue with part 4 of our 5 part special photo walk feature of Key West as presented by our friend, photographer, designer, and blogger Lynda Quintero-Davids.  Join us as we share Lynda’s inspiring viewpoint in this installment entitled: Key West: Shipwrecks, Shells, Squares, & Sunsets.

While putting together this series this week, I’ve learned about all the industries Key West has thrived on – some of which were: fishing, turtling, sponging, pineapples, cigars and pink gold: shrimp (from the GULF). One of the most surprising factoids I discovered was learning about how Key West was once the RICHEST city in the United States. How did they achieve such wealth & status? Back in 1828, Key West thrived on the salvaging of shipwrecks, which was known as the wrecking industry…

Photos above I captured at Mallory Square and edited on picnik.com

“Long established trade routes came close to the Florida coast and the reefs just seven miles offshore of Key West. Stormy weather, or a captain’s inexperience with this treacherous area, could easily cause ships with valuable cargoes to founder just off shore. As a result, wrecking and salvaging soon became the island’s primary business and its citizenry became wealthy on the proceeds. Storehouses and chandeliers abounded, and people came from all over to bid on the valuable salvaged items. Between 1828 and the 1850s, Key West was considered the richest city, per capita, in the United States.”

(Learn more about the history of Key West here.)

The Shell Warehouse at Mallory Square was a great little find because for our past three anniversaries, we’ve spent them on the Florida shores (Key Largo, Naples, and now – Key West). I’ve been collecting treasures of coral, starfish and shells from our trips. This shop – by far – has had not only great prices, but a wonderful selection – I may even turn the photos into coastal wall art… (click to read more and see the rest of Lynda’s photos for this segment)

For more information about planning your Key West activities as well as booking them please just ask me either by leaving a comment, by email, or on Twitter. I would be happy to help!


Key West – Blue By You – Photo Walk Guest Post part 3

Bio picToday we continue with part 3 of our 5 part special photo walk feature of Key West as presented by our friend, photographer, designer, and blogger Lynda Quintero-Davids.  Join us as we share Lynda’s inspiring viewpoint in this installment entitled: Key West Color Blocks Blue By You.

Just a play on words for Hurricane Season and the color of the season: BLUE … A color block post packed with so many blues to discover down in Key West: Caribbean and cool water blues, Gulf and pool aquamarine blues, navy and news blues, teals and turquoise blues, baby and sky blues, and peek-a-boo-blue … And mind you, this was unintentional. I was … (click to  read more and see the rest of Lynda’s photos for this segment) Key West T-Shirt Factory doors Key West colors
For more information about planning your Key West activities as well as booking them please just ask me either by leaving a comment, by email, or on Twitter. I would be happy to help!


Key West Photo Series Guest Blog

I have been given the great honor of reposting a fabulous blog series by Lynda Quintero-Davids.  This amazing photographer, designer, and blogger recently visited Key West and has a wonderful viewpoint to share.  I hope you enjoy this first installment in a taste of:

THE HOUSES OF KEY WEST PART 1 – TRUMAN’S ANNEX

Bio picBorn and raised in New Jersey, Lynda evolved into an innovative and creative individual right here in South Florida. Her experience as a display stylist & visual director has helped influence her love of objects, decoration, and display. Her passion for interiors, architecture and photography stems from her love of history. FOCAL POINT is the result of merging her passion & her experience.

Jetting out from the US mainland, is a cluster of about 1700 islands known as the Florida Keys. At the tail end is a wonderful little escape known as Key West. Even though it’s been called “close to perfect, but far from normal”, this island is rich with history, from its historic seaports and devastating hurricanes to its famous residents (including presidents), resilient & timeless architecture styles and breathtaking sunsets…

To set sail into summer this Memorial Day, FOCAL POINT will be featuring a blog a series I’ll be posting this week called Key West Week. Key West , aka Margarita-ville and also known as “The Conch Republic”, has not only been a destination for divers, bikers, and party-goers… but many famous people have called Key West home throughout the years. The island’s relaxed, eclectic, and carefree atmosphere has been a draw to writers such as Robert Frost, Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway… as well as artists such as John James Audubon, musician Jimmy Buffet and even fashion designer Calvin Klein.

The area of Truman’s Annex was first established in 1845 as a part of Fort Zachary Taylor, a U.S. Army installation. The base was eventually taken over in 1947 as the “Fort Zachary Taylor Annex” to Naval Station Key West. It became known as Truman’s Annex after president Truman spent several winters here – at a getaway called the Little White House.

For the rest of Linda’s beautiful photography and commentary please visit her blog “FOCAL POINT”



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