I don’t have much to say this week for Photo Friday – school has started and I am exhausted. Instead, I will let my photos do the talking for me. Just down the road from our house – literally just down the road – is James Hill Park. The neat feature of the park is that it includes a bayou boardwalk. The park itself is located on the Back Bay and includes a boat launch.
However, since Hurricane Katrina, James Hill Park has been essentially closed. The front area of the park – the tennis courts and the playground equipment – has remained opened but the back of the park – the great part of it – has been closed. When we moved in to the neighborhood, I noticed a project sign at the gate with the “Park Closed” sign. I discovered that the park was being repaired but I couldn’t find any information on when it might fully re-opened. I was pleasantly surprised last week to find a whole slew of vehicles in the back area, including media.
The park is back open!
The work that has been done is beautiful! Truly. I wandered through this past Sunday but didn’t get to explore as thoroughly as I wanted to, which is OK because it’s so close that I plan to take the doggies back with me and do some serious walking around the boardwalks and through the bayou. It looks like it will be the perfect place for it.
There was quite the variety of wild life in the park, including several of these juveniles. There was also a small alligator in the Back Bay – maybe 3 feet long? Which makes me think that if there is a small alligator, there is probably a larger one somewhere. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my zoom lens with me (what is it with me not being prepared? In my defense, with the number of recreational boats that come through that area, I never imagined that there would be an alligator swimming just 15 feet from a fishing pier).
See what I mean about gorgeous boardwalk? It’s all through the back section of the park. Lovely and beautiful to walk on…although several spots were already covered in shrimp shells…or small dead bait fish.
Once again, my fascination with weeds struck. I can’t help it – there is something about them. Perhaps it is the detail in them.
I was arrived at the park around 6:15, and as I made my way along the boardwalk, the light started to get incredible. If we hadn’t made plans to meet up with friends for dinner, I might just have stayed there until the sun was gone.
(You’ll notice that I am on the opposite side when taking this picture. Yes – I very bravely made my way across the dilapidated foot bridge. Or if not bravely, at least very cautiously and holding my breath because I am one gigantic chicken)
Before I knew it, it was time to head to the house to pick up Sweet Husband and head off to dinner. I’ll go back, though. Very, very soon – such a peaceful and calm place with so much to see if you’re paying attention.
Have you discovered any lovely spots lately?
Photo Friday Link-Up
Last week was our best week yet! I’m so excited to see some new faces, and as always, I’m so happy to have all of my regulars participating. You guys are posting some amazing work, and as I’ve said on twitter and in some of my comments on your work, I think this link-up is the very reason why I’m getting better as a photographer. Y’all are forcing me to step up my game!
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Last week we had a 3-way tie for the most-viewed link – an honor shared among Ruth Daly with her visit to Byron Bay, Paper Seedlings with her chocolate-scented flower, and Mersad Donko Photography‘s architectural details of Sibenik, Croatia.
Our last entered link from last week came from The Honest Badger and was an important examination of standards of female beauty. It’s a very interesting read, so if you missed it, go check it out and contribute to the conversation.
As always, I can’t wait to see what y’all have in store for us this week!