This week’s (Almost) Wordless Wednesday post is the product of serendipity. I am in Meridian, MS this week for professional development. Because my Project 52 is See Mississippi, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to get out and get some photos for my project. The problem was that when I was in Meridian in October for other training, I’d already shot the places I could think of that make Meridian special. After querying Mississippi and Meridian tourism people on twitter, I had some wonderful suggestions for additional places to shoot.
One of the suggestions was Merrehope, an antebellum mansion that was one of only 6 such homes to survive the Battle of Meridian.
I didn’t arrive in time to take the tour; I didn’t really want to take the tour. Having been to Natchez and toured many of the plantation homes there, I knew about what would be inside – fabulous antiques, sumptuous fabrics, interesting vignettes, large and small details of a life long ago lived. Nothing that I find terribly interesting to photograph, although I find them interesting to know and see. I could be horribly biased in that view, and perhaps on a return trip, I will actually tour the house and learn her secrets.
For now it was more than enough to wander her grounds as if I were the only person in the world because I *was* the only person there, wandering to the back of the property, where I found this wheelbarrow in the dying light of the day.
Sometimes beauty overwhelms you, takes your breath away, and makes you pause. With a camera I get to try to hang on to it for a moment more, and that is a half an hour well-spent.