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Friday, April 11, 2014

Photo Essay: Technology in the Florida Keys

I'm co-hosting #FriFotos--a weekly photo forum centered around a theme--today on Twitter. Today's theme is technology. At first I was stumped. People visit the Florida Keys to enjoy the stunning waterfront vistas and abundant wildlife in an effort to escape technology. But after searching through my photos, I realized that the Florida Keys were pretty high-tech back in the day.

Key West has a strong maritime history as the "Gibraltar of the West," and the technology used in wrecking made it the largest and richest city in Florida by 1860. Henry Flagler even went so far as to develop new technologies while building his Overseas Railroad, which was dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Here are some of my favorite photos featuring technology in the Keys past and present.

Today sun-worshipers enjoy the beach underneath the Bahia Honda Bridge,
once part of Flagler's Overseas Railroad.
The first Key West lighthouse is a 65-foot tower that was completed in 1825.
It had 15 lamps in 15-inch reflectors.
Hemingway used this old-school technology to write
some of his finest works in Key West.
In a nod to Key West's wild rum running era during Prohibition:
copper still at Key West Legal Rum Distillery
Photo technology allowed me to catch this dragonfly in action.
Technology makes it easy to visit the remote Dry Tortugas these days.
The Florida Keys today: No technology required.
Related Posts:

Rooms With a View in Key West Photo Series 

Photo Essay: Exploring Key West Architecture


1 comment:

  1. These are all great look of a photo essay that you have posted in your blog. I just realized that the Florida keys are pretty high tech back in the day, wherein they able to use the greatest form of technology that turns into a good writing.