About a year ago, I signed up to be a part of the Clever Cookie School of Blog, and since then I’ve gotten to be good blogging friends with some incredible bloggers from around the world. Each month on the 10th, some of us form a 10 on 10 photography circle. We share 10 photos from our life – a day of our life, generally – and one of us link to another. Our visitors have the opportunity to make their way around the circle. Some of you may have made your way here from Steph at Steph’s Joy (I always seem to follow her – like we are connected at the hip or something 😉 ), and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Shannon at Forty Up. I hope you enjoy!
Even though I reminded the ladies of our group that the monthly 10-on-10 project was coming and it was time to get to snapping, it crept up on me again and left me scrambling for photos. I had this idea that for my 10 on 10 projects this year, I would make them an exploration of my photographic creativity, using these exercises as a jumping-off point. I had decided I was either going to shoot blind this month or I was going to look for 10 photographs of things that started with the letter “d”.
But then I was driving home from work, I noticed that right around the interstate, there was an intense bank of clouds rolling in, covering the lower Coast. That’s unusual. Interstate 10 serves as a weather break for us, but it’s usually just the opposite. If it is raining north of I-10, nothing is happening south of the freeway. Yesterday, though, while it was beginning to get misty north of the highway, it was nothing like what was going on the closer you got to the water.
I actually thought about driving to the Biloxi lighthouse to capture her in her Mardi Gras glory and to see if her light was illuminated, but I decided that was too far of a drive, given my time was extremely limited. In addition to leaving my 10 on 10 photography project to the last minute, I also left straightening up the house before guests arrived for a bonfire to the last minute too. Because I’m good like that.
That left me with the lighthouse closest to me – Jones Park.
During the month of December, a local casino and the City of Gulfport hosted a pretty incredible light display at Jones Park (seriously – click on that link. It takes you to a video of what the lights looked like in action. Incredible). When I say incredible, I mean incredible. We didn’t actually get to make it through the exhibit for various reasons, but just looking at it from the road was pretty inspiring. Those strings of lights down the sides of the lighthouse were continues streams of light – almost looking like there was water cascading down the structure.
When I arrived Friday afternoon to take a few quick pictures (my first time shooting in fog), there were workers there gathering up the remains of the displays, packing them into trucks to take them to storage for a year. They hadn’t quite gotten around to everything, though.
Beyond the lights, though, Jones Park is an active harbor (and beyond that a commercial port – most of the bananas that get sold in the United States come in to the country via Gulfport) and an expansive park. There is always so much to look at there that it is no wonder to me that I’ve been there quite a few times to take pictures.
My quick trip to capture 10 photos for this project rapidly morphed into an hour wandering around (getting closer to my 10,000 steps for the day!) and taking over 100 pictures of things that caught my eye. I should have known…because that is how it always goes. There is never a time when I “just take a few pictures.”
There were actually a few boats coming in to the launch after a day on the water. They were cold, and according to their overheard conversations, unlucky…the day wasn’t worth their efforts. It would have been better to leave their boats in the slips or on the trailer.
I noticed that many of the docked charter boats were for sale. I’m not sure if it is because business is so bad (my suspicion – the seafood industry here in south Mississippi has had a rough go of it since Katrina) or if people are just ready to move on to something else.
One of the things I love most about living here on the Coast is our live oaks. They are incredible trees, some of my favorites, and Jones Park is no exception with the number of live oaks spread throughout the space.
And then there are those live oaks that don’t make it. Ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina roared ashore, we lost many of the gorgeous titans that had stood along our Coast for centuries. The prolonged salt-water intrusion was too much for them, but beauty was rescued from that destruction (one of my photography goals for this year is to capture the Katrina sculptures).
Because this is the Coast and because Jones Park is right on the beach, there are of course palm trees.
And finally, because I am not yet ready to let go of Christmas, even though the crews were there efficiently stripping strings of lights, Christmas lights.
The fog and mist, combined with an errant rain drop, led to accumulations on the lights. I just couldn’t help stopping to capture them.
I know I’ve included more than 10 pictures. Even with culling, I had over 50 that I could have used. I hope you don’t mind.
I also hope that you will continue on to visit with Shannon at Forty Up, leaving her a bit of comment love, and journey on around the circle. If you do, you’ll make your way around the world because we are a bit spread out. As always, thank you so much for joining our fun and exploration for another month! We’ll see you back here in February.