Monday, November 30, 2009

Vicksburg National Military Park

I went into the Vicksburg National Military Park Friday morning right after they opened up and had a marvelous time riding through the Southeast's largest art museum. I was overjoyed when I toned the photo above of Grant's statue and discovered the spider web under the horse's neck. I never saw it when I took the photo.

African-American statue at sunrise

This deer was skittish and did not want to stay too long in the picture!

Friday, November 27, 2009

More meanderings

Right across the street from the Presbyterian Church in Church Hill, Mississippi, is this old country store/post office now closed for the ages. I bet many a story has been told on that front porch.

South of Church Hill, Robert Walker and I ran across Cedars Plantation, which features this gazebo by a small pond on its place. Just stunning!

We came back to Vicksburg via the Natchez Trace for a little while. These growths on a tree caught my eye. I do not know what it is or what's its purpose.

We also waded in a couple of creeks and found these shots.

This mussel shell, above, looked like it was staring at me when I walked by and it didn't look none too happy about me being there!

This little ol' shack is right north of Port Gibson on U.S. 61. Let me hear any complaints no longer about the house you are living in being too small.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Giving thanks

I give thanks today to a loving God who has given me my most valuable possessions....

My gorgeous wife, Karen

My beautiful daughter, Susan

..and my handsome son, Carter.

Without them I am nothing...with them I am the richest man in the world...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Church Hill, Mississippi

After Robert Walker and I visited Windsor Ruins, which was the subject of previous posts this week, we made our way down to Church Hill, Mississippi, down near Fayette. I have heard about this Presbytherian church for quite some time and was not disappointed when it appeared around a curve. It's a gorgeous church surrounded by an old cemetery, including two of the oldest graves I have ever come across. They are pictured lower down. It broke my heart not to be able to go inside, but maybe one day that will happen. Here's another Mississippi treasure...just waiting for you a few miles down the road.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Windsor Ruins

If you have never been to Windsor Ruins, this is the perfect weekend to do so. Grab those family members up off the couch and go for an adventure! For you see, Windsor Ruins will not always be here. For as time goes by, the columns keep deteriorating. Even on this trip, some bricks had come loose from one of the columns and were scattered at its base. Mother Nature is not going to wait for you and all it is going to take is one tornado to take this Mississippi treasure to memory status. Better yet, go for the stillness the place offers. Stand among the columns and just listen to the quietness of nature around you. It's a wonderful feeling...just you and the Lord together...again.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Windsor Ruins

My photo buddy, Robert Walker, and I ventured down to Windsor Ruins this Saturday. It was overcast and gloomy, but the photo opportunities were bright! I have shot photos at Windsor Ruins numerous times and you can see the results at This time I shot what I call tighter photos of the ruins, concentrating on views around corners and up close photos. I love finding new angles and hit the jackpot on this day. What a glorious place this is, a true Mississippi treasure. I will show you some more photos of Windsor tomorrow and then tag along with Robert and me as we head to Church Hill, Mississippi, and along some other Mississippi backroads. It's going to be a great week!