One of the things that I love about being home – besides being with my Sweet Husband and my puppies and not having to get up in the wee hours and sleeping in my own bed…minor things really – is that I get go do fun things like attend group shoots with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Photography Club. The last one I attended was at the Biloxi Lighthouse Park, and a week ago, a shoot was organized at the POW Lake in Saucier, Mississippi.
First of all – POW? Huh? Perhaps because we didn’t ever really get past World War II in my history classes and when we did talk about WWII, we discussed only the atrocities that spurred us to action and ultimately victory, I never knew that there were Prisoner of War camps in the United States. Of course, I knew about the Japanese internment camps, but I didn’t realize that German and Italian prisoners were held here in the United States. Since moving to Mississippi, I have certainly been enlightened. In fact, this spring I brought you photos of the remains of a camp outside of Jackson. Aliceville in Alabama is on my list of places to make it to, and it has been ever since I first heard about it.
Am I the only one who didn’t know these things?
As always, you know that I am fascinated by flowers, and even though the pickings were slim, what was there are beautiful enough.
(as an aside, I’m getting these photos with my kit lens. I cannot wait to get my hands on a prime lens. Can you even? I know that David duChemin and others talk about it not being about the equipment but rather the photographer, but damn. Just damn)
But flowers weren’t the only thing at the Lake. The light was stunning…and the reflection of the clouds on the water? Enough to make you want to fall on your knees in amazement at how gorgeous our world is. I took these photos before I made my way to Missouri to visit with my GrandSner, who has been in and out of the hospital the last few weeks and whom I remain worried about. On top of that, it’s been a really stressful few weeks – lots of upheaval and discord.
I didn’t get to edit these photos until I got back home, and they were a beautiful gift. Everything I struggle with, as awful as it is in the moment, as difficult as it is, it passes. The things that remain? Are the things that always remain. Even decades after man subdues Mother Nature – she has the last word.
All that remains of the former POW camp are what some would say are former bomb shelters and what others say are simply ammunition bunkers.
I have more photos that I’ll share later this weekend – some that I really had fun capturing. Make sure you come back to see them.
Where I’m linking up.
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I cannot wait to see what all you have for us this week. I finally made my way through all of the links from last week, and i have to say again that y’all are quite the talented bunch! Thank you so much for sharing with me. I mean it when I say that I believe my photography is getting better because I see your fantastic work.
Last week’s most viewed link came from Kelly at Swimming in Sunshine. She always takes such incredible photos and her subject matter fascinates me. I seriously need to plan a trip to check out some of the places she visits because they are amazing. Completely and totally amazing.
Our last added link came from Debbie Champagne.
I’m so excited to see what y’all have to share with us this week, and I appreciate that y’all have shared and supported our link-up. Let’s get to it, shall we?