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MARINE AND WILDLIFE IMAGES
HEADING OUT.  A turtle heads back to the ocean, over the reef, after taking care of 'egg laying business' on a tropical beach.
KEY WEST GEMS.  Features a lot of brilliantly colored tropical fish that populate the reefs around Key West.
AFTERNOON LEAP.  A marlin breaks the surface just for fun on a sunny afternoon.
MILEMARKER 1, ALMOST THERE.  Shows a turtle passing MM 1, getting close to Key West.
Almost hear the kids saying 'are we there yet?'
EAGLE FLIGHT.  A pair of eagle rays glide over a school of tropical fish on their journey to ?.
MOONPLAY.  A pair of dolphin frolic beneath the moonlit ocean, while island  people get ready for evening in their beach home.
PEACEFUL ANCHORAGE.  The crew on the sailboat are not bothered by the busy life going on under the water while they sleep peacefully in their bunks.
KEYS BUFFET.  An egret decides exactly what kind of fish she wants for dinner.
EGRET ROOST.  An egret watches the sunset and prepares for a nights rest.
EGRET COVE. Another sunset watching egret, on the prowl for dinner.
CHOICES.  A wise old pelican sits on a piling, contemplating the choices we all have to make in life.  He's gonna choose Key West.  Reality is just too much to take.
KEY WEST AND THE FLORIDA KEYS IMAGES
B.O.'S FISH WAGON.  Key West.  You get it BO's way, or you don't get it.  Fresh, fresh fish on Caroline Street.
KEY WEST - SO LITTLE TIME.  Here it is.  All the parts of a 'Duval Crawl.'  Finding the time to hit all of them is the problem.  I can add your town or favorite watering hole to the blank sign in the middle on prints 8" x !0" or larger at no charge.
SOUTHERNMOST POINT.  A Key West landmark, the southernmost spot in the continental USA.
ROUTES TO REALITY.
The famous signpost down at the historic seaport.  On the middle blank sign I can add your towns name or anything you want on it, no charge on prints 8" x 10" or larger.
HOGS BREATH SALOON, KEY WEST.

The logo pretty much says it all:  'Hogs breath is better than no breath at all.'  A Key West 'must see' and another local's favorite.
SOUTHERNMOST SQUEEZE.
A couple watch a sunset at the Southernmost Point.  End of another perfect day.
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PEPE'S RESTAURANT.
Like the sign says, 'the eldest eating establishment in the Florida Keys.  Good food too.

HEMINGWAY HOUSE 2.
The home Ernest lived in while in Key West.  Several of his books were written here.
KEY WEST LIGHTS.  The two famous lights of Key West.  The lighthouse and the setting sun.
HEMINGWAY HOUSE 1  Same house, different view.
SLOPPY JOE'S BAR.  Quite often, Sloppy Joe's is the beginning of more than a few 'Duval Crawls.'
THE GREEN PARROT BAR.  One of the oldest, and most popular 'watering holes' in Key West.  Don't know who you will see here.  The Green Parrot is the first and last bar on US 1.
THE BLUE HEAVEN.  Another local's favorite hang out.
TROPICAL AND FANTASY ISLAND IMAGES
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COCONUT BEACH.  The only thing you will hear on this beach is the water lapping on the sand and maybe the sound of a coconut falling and hitting the sand.
 SUNSET BEACH.
The end of another day, and the sun puts on it's color show, reflected in the clouds and the water.
KEY WEST SUNSET.  The end of another peaceful, perfect day in paradise.
ISLAND HIDE-A-WAY.
A simple home on an island all to themselves.  
A LITTLE PIECE OF THE PIE.  Everyone has worked to get their 'share of the pie.'  This man's share is on the island of his dreams. 
SAMPSON CAY SIGNPOST.
Sampson Cay Club, the jewel of the Exumas, and points of interest around this little piece of paradise.  The beaches at Sampson Cay were voted the number 8 best secret beaches in the world.
OUT ISLAND BREAK.  The waves whip it up on one of the out islands on the Atlantic side of an island.
​AFTERNOON BREAK. The late afternoon sun shines thru a nice wave breaking on a tropical shoreline.
GATEWAY TO PARADISE.  Two native homes guard the entrance to the hidden harbor, which leads to the beach and then on to paradise.
NEW BEGINNINGS.  The morning sun burns thru the  mists as a new day begins on this tropical island.
LOWER KEYS SUNSET.  The sunset puts on another show, this time over some of the mangrove islands in the lower keys.
BOUGAN-VILLE.  As the moon climbs higher in the night sky, lights start coming on in the villagers homes as they ready or evening time.  A peaceful night lies ahead.
HILLSIDE HOOD.  Another peaceful  seaside community, where each day is perfect, and life is good.
KEYS BAIT SHACK.
Early morning and the fishermen picking up bait are having a last cup of coffee inside  before heading out.
KEYS FISH HOUSE.
Lobster, fish, conch, bait and beer.  What else could a person ask for?
BENEATH THE BREAK.
A seashore home, a peaceful sandy beach, and the marine life under the breaking waves.
KEYS COLOR.  The sun once again puts on a show for the inhabitants of this seaside house.  The boats are on the beach, ready to head out again tomorrow to see what they can find.
ISLAND HOMES.  A couple of homes on a very private island.  No shirt, no shoes, no problem.
LIFE ON THE EDGE.  Life for the people in this seaside home may be a little on the 'edge' every once in a while.
KEYS MOON.  A favorite, this  painting depicts another beach side home with a full moon rising as the islanders prepare for another peaceful night.
BOATS ON THE BEACH.  Boats sit on a tropical beach after a days fishing, ready to head out again tomorrow.  The rest of this day is for relaxing.
NIGHT SHADOWS.
Light from a moon casts shadows of palm trees onto the vegetation and the cliff side home.

SOLITUDE BEACH.  A beach all for yourself.  Stay a little, or stay all day, it's all yours.
MILE MARKER 0, END OF THE LINE.  This is it, the end of US 1.  The City of Key West has a hard time keeping the MM 0 sign on the post.  It has a habit of disappearing.  Go figure.
​PARTY PELICAN.  A pelican has everything he needs to enjoy a day in paradise.  Where to start?
FEEDING TIME AT SAMPSON CAY.  The center of paradise in the Exuma's Sampson Cay not only attracts people to it's white sand beaches.  When fish are being cleaned at the table on the left side of the picture, all kinds of 'critters' show up.
ISLAND TRILOGY.  The three basic items required to survive on the paradise islands of the Exumas.  A cold Kalik, Conch and of course a good pair of flip-flops.  
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WAIT FOR THE FLASH.  The green flash, at the moment the sun goes down is a popular event to watch for.  It doesn't alway appear, conditions need to be just right, and when you do see one it inspires awe.  
THE DUVAL CRAWL, PARTS ONE AND TWO.  The famous, or infamous,  'Crawl on Duval,'depending on how you look at it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       add text
THE FLOATER.  A man of war floats in the gulfstream going where wind and tide takes him.  
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KOKOMO.  Directions to all the locations in the Beach Boys song.  Get there fast, then take it slow.
HANGIN LOOSE, KEY WEST.  Spending an afternoon, doing nothing, enjoying the moment.
The original is acrylic on canvas panel board and is available for sale.  11" x !4" unframed, $260.00.
LIME AND COCONUT.  A favorite, from the song of the same name.  Adding a little rum makes it really nice.
CONCH REFLECTIONS.  A beautiful conch shell lying in the shallow waters of a sandbar.  Conch is a staple in the Bahamian diet.
BIG CONCH CAY.  They just grow them bigger in the Bahamas.  
ON THE RISE.  A full moon rises over a Florida Keys fishing village as the people eat and get ready for sleep.  Everything is quiet and everyone is happy.to add text.
INSTRUCTIONS, KEY WEST.  The only two things you have to worry about during hurricane season in Key West.  Both are equally important.
Key West Lighthouse.  A favorite place for visitors to Key West.  Left over from long ago, it still stands proud.  
MERMAID FANTASY.
She sits on the rock, thinking about life above and below the sea.  
SOMETHING ABOUT THE WATER.
Key West is magical.  Above and below the water, beautiful things happen.

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GIFTS FROM THE ABYSS.  Gifts from Mother Ocean.  
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 LAST FLIGHT OUT.  This is the rationalization of anyone sitting in a bar in Key West waiting to head to the airport.  "Let's have another, we can always catch the last flight out."  Pen and ink with watercolor on an old nautical chart.
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PLILAR HEADED HOME.  Hemingway's famous fishing boat PILAR headed back to Key West.  Pen and ink with watercolor on an old nautical chart.
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 THE GREAT FALLACY.One of Key West's favorite sons. 
HEADED TO THE BEACH.  A family of reef fish decide to head to the beach for a day of relaxation.