Mark Hedden

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Date registered: September 21, 2013

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  1. The Vodka House — December 21, 2013
  2. In Which I Am Nearly Killed (Killed!) By A Flying Iguana — December 15, 2013
  3. The Kings of America Photo Project — December 1, 2013
  4. Spoonbills, the Lower Keys and Rona Chang — November 4, 2013
  5. Four! Thousand! Peregrines! — November 2, 2013

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The Vodka House


People just call it the Vodka House. It’s on the 1000 block of Watson Street in Key West, just off Truman, on the opposite side of Bare Assets strip club. I don’t know anyone who’s seen it and not been gobsmacked. It is an entire house decorated in lit up empty vodka bottles. There are …

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In Which I Am Nearly Killed (Killed!) By A Flying Iguana


  Sunday morning. Coffee and the New York times. Reading a story in the Style section about how hard it is to break up with someone in the age of social media because you keep seeing the details of their lives on Facebook. The dog barks. There is a panicked, scrambling noise immediately overhead in …

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The Kings of America Photo Project

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  There are two ways to approach talk about a photo project: explain it or don’t. This is a circuitous explaination of The Kings of America Photo Project. Our friends, the Rowans, one of central clans of Key West, have an annual, sprawling Thanksgiving potluck. Forty, fifty, sixty people show up throughout the day. Usually …

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Spoonbills, the Lower Keys and Rona Chang

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I went on a short road trip up the Keys with Rona Chang a few weeks ago. Rona is a photographer and was an artist-in-residence at The Studios of Key West in October. I accused her of being a street photographer, but she said no, she is a landscape photographer who wants people in her …

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Four! Thousand! Peregrines!

  The folks at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock State Park just hit a season count of 4,000 Peregrine Falcons for this season – more than have ever been seen during a single season anywhere else in the world. Congratulation to Rafael Glavez, who runs the project (and saved it from the ash …

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Zombie Bike Ride 2013

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I love the fact that the Zombie Bike Ride has become the locals favorite event for (unofficial) Fantasy Fest. The crowds were so big that it took almost a half hour to get across Cow Key Bridge. But then again, who expects zombies to be organized? Key Westers get very creative given half a chance. …

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Flasher at the Disco


It’s been said by the internet that if you flip a photo of bats upside down, it looks like they are dancing. I call this one “Flasher at the Disco.”

The Dry Tortugas Then, Now

The Key West Library has a pretty amazing historic photo collection, much of which they have scanned and put on their Flickr page. Some of the best images come from the Scott de Wolfe collection. Scanning through the photos of old buildings, ships and people wearing way too many layers of clothes for the tropics …

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Dry Tortugas Trip Report

The group birding at Dry Tortugas National Park. Photo courtesy Dick Fortune & Sara Lopez. See their great bird photography at Through The Lens Gallery.

A birding trip to the Dry Tortugas during the migration season can be hit or miss. But if it’s a miss, it’s a pretty nice miss – a ride across some of the world’s bluest ocean, a few birds you most likely won’t see anywhere else, a day amidst palm trees and historical semi-ruins. If …

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Start With The Chuck


The first post on a blog is supposed to be an act of throat clearing — statement of purpose, who you are, etc. But, feh, boring. It’s best not to write what you don’t want to read. My name is Mark. I like birds. The photo above is of a Chuck-will’s-widow. It is a member …

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