Thursday, April 30, 2009
Who would think a stream as beautiful as this one could be found in Warren County? This is Bryce's Bayou, located along Campbell Swamp Road in southern Warren County. It is an absolutely peaceful little creek that meanders alongside the road. The little rock overhang I found along the way is absolutely picture perfect! I will post some other photos from the creek in a few days.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I just finished taking a few days off and one of the treats during that time was watching the sun set over Eagle Lake. That is part of the allure of that wonderful lake — you never see a bad sunset! I didn't know the water would be warm enough for skiing just yet, but some folks must have a higher tolerance for freezing water than I do.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I can't explain why, but I just like old signs, especially old neon signs. I always look for unique signage in my travels and hit upon a motherlode in my recent treks to Jackson. The finest old neon sign I have seen in a long time is the Redwood Court sign on Terry Road. Right below the sign is the Jackson manhole cover which I thought would be pretty neat. It's sideways because my shadow would have been over the manhole if I had taken from in front. The pictured looked stupid when I rotated it, so I just left it as is.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Here are some more photos taken of the State Capitol on my last few visits to Jackson. I wonder what the lions on the side of the building represent. Maybe they will come alive and eat the lawmakers who can't make the tough decisions this states needs made!
Friday, April 24, 2009
I am glad All Saints Episcopal School on Confederate Avenue is getting a new life through the AmeriCorps program. This hidden jewel in Vicksburg is too valuable a resource to let it while away time sitting empty. Next week, I will post the crown jewel of this hidden jewel — the school's chapel — one of the prettiest buildings in Vicksburg.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
One of the most historic — and prettiest — cemeteries in Vicksburg is the Anshe Chesed Cemetery located right next to the Vicksburg National Military Park on Clay Street. Here is some information I grabbed from a National Park Service Web site:
From available records, it appears that the current Anshe Chesed Cemetery came into being in 1864, when on August 23, the parcel of land was deeded to the Board of Trustees of Anshe Chesed Congregation for the purpose of establishing a burying ground for the benefit of its members and their families.
Shortly thereafter, bodies were removed from the old cemetery and re-interred. The first burial in the present cemetery most likely took place in May 1865, when a man named Mayer was buried in grave No. 1. This shows the cemetery's creation to be almost 40 years prior to the establishment of the Vicksburg National Military Park, which now surrounds the cemetery.
I love walking through this cemetery. It contains my favorite tombstone, pictured at the top. It's a grave for Florence Nauer. She was a 21-year-old girl who died in 1901. She's been reading that book now for 108 years and there are four more to go under her right hand. Many of the tombstones are in Hebrew and one of the larger markers is made of metal. You have to tap on it to be sure, though. Please don't go into the cemetery on Saturday, however, for that is their Sabbath. I've always respected that.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Somebody asked me the other day if I had taken any photos of the dogwood trees at the Old Court House Museum. Yes, I did. Twice. Here's a sampling. I'll let the beauty of the dogwoods trees and the Old Court House Museum speak for themselves.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Ever have a staring contest with a squirrel before? Me and this little fella had one Saturday morning as I was rambling through the Vicksburg National Cemetery. I first spotted him sitting on top of a tombstone and did my best to get close enough to photograph the scene, but the squirrel would have none of that and scampered up the nearest tree. I spotted him about 20 feet up the tree, however, and he was just as curious about me as I was about him! So we stared each other down. It was a classic battle that should be written in the history books. And, dang it, the squirrel won!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
To get from Barland Road, where the Little Bayou Pierre waterfall is, to Red Lick Road requires a step in faith. My route took me down Violet Road, which has to be the thinnest and curviest gravel road in the world. Man!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Early morning is not the best time to shoot photos of this beautiful little waterfall as I was shooting into the sun. So I will be going back one afternoon to take a look. It was interesting to see the numerous mussel shells that could be found along the creekbank. Another interesting feature was the crumbling limestone that was located on the opposite side of the waterfall. I love knowing each layer of that limestone has a history to it.