Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I drove up 61 into the Mississippi Delta on July 15. My mission was to see the annual butterfly invasion in Delta National Wildlife Area. There is a service road that enters the area from up around Valley Park and Cary and I figured that would give me a good idea if they had arrived yet. They had. But it was not as I expected. I have never seen that many small butterflies in all my life. They look like dust rising in the road ahead of your vehicle. Every once in a while there would be clumps of bigger butterflies. Getting photos of those clumps is hard, let me tell you. I shot a few photos of some of the bigger butterflies, including the fellow at the top, but finally gave up on taking photos and just enjoyed walking among the butterflies. I did not drive too far down the service road, because it felt like I would be killing hundreds of the little fellas as I drove. The guilt would not let me go any further, because I hate to kill a butterfly, much less scores of them.
Monday, July 27, 2009
A couple of recent trips to Port Gibson yielded these two different shot of the pointed hand atop the steeple of First Presbyterian Church of Port Gibson. The setting sun really made it shine in the second photo. That's the Claiborne County Courthouse in the top photo with the setting sun behind it.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Bowmar Magnet School on Bowmar Avenue in Vicksburg during early morning light. I love this photo!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Missouri State Memorial is located just south of the Stockade Redan on Confederate Avenue, tour stop 10, at milepost 10.9 of the park tour road. It is unique as the only state memorial on the battlefield dedicated to soldiers of both armies. The height is symbolic of the forty-two Missouri units, 27 Union, 15 Confederate. It stands where two opposing Missouri regiments clashed in battle.
The monument features a bronze angel which represents "The Spirit of the Republic." The sculptor was Victor S. Holm. The memorial was erected at a cost of $40,000 and dedicated on October 17, 1917.
The above information comes from the park's web site. It is such a beautiful work of art. Mr. Holm did a wonderful job capturing the men's faces on the reliefs of the monument. The most poignant to me is the top photo. I don't know if the man is wounded or not, but to me it looks like he has just about had as much of the war as he can take.
I implore you to ride through the park this weekend. It's the biggest art museum in the region. And do me a favor: don't just look at the monuments, get up close and see them!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Rambled around Edwards, Miss., the other day when I went to find the city cemetery there. I love Edwards Presbyterian Church and you can't find a neater picture than the Edwards sign when you enter the small town. Although, I have to say the earth is reclaiming many of the letters. Jesus ran in an election a while back. I just can't figure out who He was running against. One of those famous scattered thunderstorms of Mississippi passed through while I was riding around and the Lord blessed me with a rainbow. It was faint, but I filled in the colors in my heart. I'll do a post later on for the Edwards Cemetery.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
There is nothing I love more than photographing old churches. This one, I could not find a name for it, lies pretty much in the shadow of Mount Helena in Rolling Fork, Miss. It is just about to fall down and has been propped on the inside. It is a beautiful and simple structure, sitting among a new crop of soybeans. Nothing is inside the church save for one pew, a piano and a table.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Mount Helena in Rolling Fork is such a majestic sight. You can see it from a distance if traveling along U.S. 61 on the north side of Rolling Fork. I love the columns of the home and the view of the cornfields that now surround the home is unlike any other. It's built on an Indian mound and is just a neat place to visit. These photos were taken a couple of weekends ago. The corn crop is mighty high around the place.
Friday, July 17, 2009
The moon was real pretty the other day. This was shot in early morning from the levee over in Louisiana.