One of the tough things about getting good lighthouse photos is perspective. Most of the time, our only position to photograph them is from the ground and without a perspective correction lens, lighthouses (and other buildings) appear to fall away from us, distorting the image.
In this situation, I looked for, and found, a vantage point about half as high as the lighthouse thus giving me a more pleasing angle to shoot from. This vantage point was the second floor porch of the Hemingway House Museum. I must admit, in all honesty, that this was a deciding factor in my decision to purchase a ticket. I think it was worth it. I positioned myself so that palm trees would frame my subject adding more interest to the shot.
As one of the decendants of Ernest Hemingway's cats, Ivan has no worries as he is well taken care of , along with the other feline inhabitants of the Hemingway House in Key West, Florida. Ivan was named after the hurricane that blew through south florida the month he was born.
There are approximately 60 cats on the property all related to Snowball, the first cat owned by Hemingway and his then wife, Pauline. The cat was a gift from a visiting sea captain. Snowball had six toes. Several cats currently on the property have six toes as the trait has been passed down with each generation.
I processed this image with Nik Silver Efx Pro and used the Holga preset. This is one of my favorite images from the trip.
Long after his passing, Harry S. Truman continues to be one of the most popular presidents in U.S. history. During his presidency, Truman accomplished quite a bit including establishing the Everglades National Park.
Truman spent a lot of time in Florida and created the Little White House as a winter office of the presidency.
This year, I am "wintering" in the Ft. Lauderdale area after fleeing Denver, Colorado before the first snowfall of the season. To celebrate high temperatures in the low 80's, I spent an afternoon driving down thru the Florida Keys.
I made this image late in the day after parking in a nearby apartment complex. I was attracted by the stunning light reaching the buildings beyond the palm trees and the plants rooted in the shallow water below. This image was made on tripod using the camera's timer to assure a steady shot.
This is my seventh year posting to this blog! Can you believe it? I want to thank each of you for taking a moment out of your day to read my posts. I've had more than 13,500 page views by readers in 37 countries around the world. It's fun to think of folks living in places so different than mine, checking out my blog.
Take the time to explore the world around you. You don't need to go far, just let the "travel spirit" move you. See you on the road less traveled.
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