Island House luxury to stroll the streets and admire the tropical-Christmas color. There is no evocative song expertly expressed by Ella to accompany these photos, but the bright hues and southern sunshine-saturation should have you feeling the heat that we could not. Things are back to almost normal now, as daytime temperatures tomorrow are expected to be mid-seventies.
Above, orchids and amaryllis nearly obscure Santa at a lovely private-house patio on Fleming Street
Bows, wreaths, ribbons and garlands galore after the jump.
Just a portion of a well-garlanded fence guarding the grove of tropical plants in a large front yard
Driftwood and starfish, flip-flops and stained glass, pink pine with lime green bow
Here, the bougainvillea is so bright it nearly camouflages this red-ribboned wreath
A festively festooned front porch on Duval Street
A more restrained holiday symmetry on a side street
Silver balls, silver balls, its Christmas time on the Island...
Happily, more modest seasonal displays abound, and illustrate an endearingly quirky Key West charm
Dusk was just beginning at the end of this little investigative romp, allowing for one (barely) illuminated shot