Saturday, October 15, 2011

This Week on the Island 10/16/2011

'This week on the Island' is written by Doug Bennett and is an update to friends about happenings in Key West last week. Everything is true except for those parts that are lies.
The Parrot Heads (Jimmy Buffett fans) will be coming to Key West for their annual visit (The Meeting of the Minds) the first part of November. Therefore, for the next few weeks, I will be having pictures that they may find interesting.
The first picture this week (click to enlarge) is ‘Jimmy Buffett’s Recording Studio,
‘Shrimp Boat Sounds’ on the Key West bight. The second picture is ‘B.O.’s Fish Wagon’ on Caroline Street. The third picture is ‘Me at Louis Back Yard’ and the fourth picture is ‘The Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S.’.

Weather Wonderful. High’s in the mid 80’s and little to no humidity and lots of sun, with a low in the high 70’s at night.

No book this week.

The Parrot Heads are coming, The Parrot Heads are coming.

Key West sunsets and the Green Flash (not a super hero):
Key West has some beautiful sunsets. They are so beautiful that we have a sunset celebration at Mallory Square every night. It is a pity that most people leave right after the sun sets because the beauty happens a few minutes later. In our wet season (June thru October) we have rain and humidity therefore we have lots of clouds. The sun usually sets behind the clouds and therefore you do not get to see the sun set into the water. BUT, a few minutes after the sunset the clouds start to change color. It usually starts in the eastern sky and moves toward the west. It gets most beautiful about 15 – 30 minutes after sunset. This will be the time to take pictures.

Sunsets in the dry season (November thru May) are a bit different. There is little rain or humidity, therefore there are few clouds. The sun sets right over the water and you may get a special treat of the ‘Green Flash’. Our sun is yellow and the water here is a beautiful clear blue. As any kid can tell you, if you mix the color yellow with the color blue you get the color green. As the sun touches the water you will see a small rectangular box appear under the sun and on the surface of the water (this box is yellow). When the last of the sun goes below the horizon, that little yellow box will flash a green color. It is only there for a fraction of a second (that is why they call it a flash). Now that you know what to look for and the time of year to look for it, I hope you have the opportunity to see the ‘Green Flash’.

Tourist Questions:
Does the sun always set in the west here?
What time is the second sunset?
Does the water go all the way around the island?
How do you keep the island from floating away?

Key West, You have got to love it
'Living the life that others dream'
Doug Bennett
Lat 24.5591N, Long 81.8016W

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Sassi dancing to Schooner Wharf Bar Dog.