For a guy with a blog title that includes the idea of “speaking out”, I sure have been quiet lately. I keep saying I’m going to post more frequently on the little “Speaking Out” forum, but stuff keeps getting in the way. Today, it’s raining. The weatherman says it’s going to rain pretty much all week, so I have a few extra moments to jot down a few thoughts.
Spring has definitely sprung down here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The dreary skies and water soaked ground isn’t allowing the beauty of spring to shine just yet, but it’s here. Of course, my yard is already knee-high in places with weeds. Or is that “wildflowers”? Yeah, wildflowers!
I did get out for a little bit this past Saturday afternoon to shoot some photos. One of my favorite places is the old POW Camp out in the woods of north Harrison County. Pretty little lake, some interesting revetments of some kind left over from the WWII era, and supposedly an alligator (though I’ve never seen one!). Airey Lake just over in Stone County is a great little spot too. It’s at one end of the Tuxachanie Trail, some 22 miles of hiking trail. I’ve walked some of it from both ends, but 22 miles is a bit much for me to walk! Boy Scouts like to camp there a lot, and some of my Mississippi Gulf Coast Photography Club friends love it for taking photos of stars.
So to give you a little idea of just how pretty these places are, here are a few photos I took this past Saturday. If you have a chance to visit, I think you’d like both these places a lot. They are both popular for picnickers and campers, and if you want a place to take photos with great water reflections, either lake will do quite nicely.
These first shots are from the old POW Camp:
The next photos are from Airey Lake:
Here’s hoping you will enjoy the spring weather, even if it’s raining at your house today. Despite being behind on mowing the yard, I have done some work around the place already. I planted three trees! I’ve got flowers in the ground (at least some – the front flower bed is due for a total remake!). I even planted some elephant ears! I sure hope they grow. For some reason, I just like those things.
Go do your part to make your little corner of the world a prettier place. Spring is the time to cooperate with nature and get things growing. It’s a fantastic world God has given us.