Welcome to Friday! We made it, didn’t we? Yay us! This past week, I had the opportunity to attend several days of training in beautiful Meridian, Mississippi, and today’s Photo Friday images, part of my See Mississippi Project 52, come from downtown Meridian.
On a previous trip to Meridian for similar training last fall, I made sure to get out and shoot the “big ticket” locations – The Gypsy Queen’s grave, Causeyville General Store, and Meridian’s only-one-in-the-world Dentzel Carousel. I knew there had to be more to Meridian than those sites, so I queried Facebook and Twitter for additional places to shoot. Both Mississippi tourism and Meridian Tourism gave me lots of great tips…and a tip for you – don’t be afraid to ask those folks for suggestions! When I reached out to them on Twitter, they responded almost immediately. It was AWESOME!
I spent a good two hours Tuesday afternoon wandering around downtown and other locations like Temple Beth Israel Cemetery and Merrehope (see some photos from here), but I almost missed Union Station. I was traveling from downtown to the cemetery, and out of the corner of my eye, I caught these rusted train cars sitting behind the depot.
Even from my moving Jeep on the road, I could tell these old girls were something special, and while I was tempted to drive past because I had another plan (I like to have plans), I impulsively whipped my 23 year old girl into a parking spot in front of what is now an Amtrak and Greyhound station…perhaps a little too quickly as we came to an abrupt halt against the curb, perhaps frightening the TV crew who was filming a spot near the tracks. The stop allowed me to go back and catch photos that I missed while driving.
I couldn’t find out any information about the train cars behind Union Station because the Railroad Museum was closed (another tip – if you’re planning to do some sight-seeing, make sure the places you want to go are going to be open. I wasn’t too terribly interested in going into the museum, so it wasn’t terribly disappointing to me to not be able to tour the museum. Check out local tourism sites to find the information you need or are interested in).
So these beautiful old train cars bake in the Mississippi sun – the paint peeling further off, the rubber disintegrating, the exposed metal crumbling as rust takes over. Testaments to a glorious, perhaps glamorous past, reminders of different days and slower paces.
What caught your eye this week? Did you shoot anything fun? OR do you have suggestions for other Mississippi locations for me to explore?