Travel Tuesday: Audubon House Garden, Key West

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

The Geiger House located in Key West, Florida now known as the Audubon House, was originally built by Captain John Huling Geiger in the 1840s as a residence for his family. Four generations of the Geiger family lived in the house for nearly 110 years.

Originally slated for destruction in 1958, the Geiger mansion was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization.

The home’s large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West and sparked Key West’s restoration movement. Today, the home and its furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed by a wealthy family in Key West in an era when frequent shipwrecks on the offshore reef created a flourishing ship wrecking industry.

John James Audubon did not live or stay in the house but spent six weeks in Key West during 1832. Local myth is that he retrieved a branch from a tree in the gardens that are part of the Geiger home to use for a painting.

The the James Audubon House was photographed with a Panasonic Lumix G2 and Sigma 19mm f/2.8  designed for Micro Four-thirds cameras and an Program Mode exposure of 1/800 sec and f/3.2 and ISO 200. The flower image was photographed in the gardens of the house and was made with Lumix G2 and Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens and an exposure of 1/1250 sec at f/3/2 and ISO 400. The image file was then processed in Topaz Labs’ Adjust.

If you read my post, Why I’m not an Equipment Freak, you won’t be surprised that I was using a camera introduced in 2010. But there’s a funny story (at least to me) about that camera. I don’t remember ever owning a Lumix G2 and don’t have one right now but I guess EXIF never lies?