Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sunset the Mississippi River: Part I

Know how moths are attracted to the light? They just can't seem to resist its charm. That's me with the Mississippi River. I love watching the sun reflect off the churning water. I am mesmerized each time I watch tows cutting their way underneath the bridges. My wife and family know that if they look up in the sky and see that the sunset is going to be a pretty one — and I am not home yet — then I will usually be perched somewhere on the river to capture God's Glory. God does an exceptionally good job of ending each day with an array of dazzling colors that so many never take time to see. Not me, brother. I'm there if I can.
The pictures you see here were all taken in the last week. They were shot from the new parking garage tower of Ameristar. I appreciate the casino building me a photography stand with seven different levels. It's nice. I love the third picture the best — it seems like the river is fire!
But these pictures, however, can't do the sunsets the justice they deserve. They are just too pretty to be captured adequately by a camera. The colors change so fast, the clouds breeze by so quickly, the sun sets so quickly. But give me an A for trying. I'll show you some more tomorrow.


  1. Absolutely breathtaking, Marty. I, too, like the third picture best. It reminds me of lava flowing from a volcano.

    I have taken pictures from Ameristar's garage, too ... but nothing like yours.

  2. Odette (Robb) BraggJanuary 21, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    I'm a Vicksburg native living in Florida now. Whenever I visit, I have to get a "river fix." Once you move away, you realize how much the river is a part of your life. Thanks for the beautiful pics of my favorite bridge!

  3. Marty,
    Such a treat for my tired old eyes to look at your wonderful photos. I am really enjoying your new blog. I can never get "enough" of the Mississippi River either. Looking at it I sometimes think of my direct ancestor Jacob who migrated to the Mississippi Territory in the early 1800s by floating down here on a flatboat from Kentucky and settled at the village of Grand Gulf (now vanished).

    Jon at Mississippi Garden blog