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 Jo at You Had Us At Hello, and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Shannon of My2Morrows. I hope you enjoy!
In late October, I decided that it was about time for me to take myself off to our local library and sign up for a card. We’ve only lived here on the Coast for almost four years now. I’ve been using the library where I used to live for their digital services but thought that maybe it was time…since we’ve bought a house, officially changed our addresses on licenses, and are calling ourselves Coasties…for support our local services. When I wandered in on a Thursday afternoon, I had to wait about half an hour in order to sign-up because they were out of library cards and waiting for a delivery from another branch. As I waited, I stumbled across a flyer from Preserve Biloxi, advertising the 9th Annual Old Biloxi Cemetery Tour.
These sorts of things are right up my alley – I love the combination of theater and history. In fact, for a final project, I used to have my 8th grade students give a chautauqua performance. I brought the flyer home to Sweet Husband and told him that I really, really wanted to go…it was a free event, and it was going to be a good time, please let’s go? He didn’t even make me beg – he was totally for it as well.
Did I mention that these tours happen around Halloween? We went on Tuesday night, the 27th, and our first stop was with Father Alphonse. The theme of this year’s tour was “Building Biloxi” and Biloxi – really the whole Gulf Coast, stretching from New Orleans to at least Mobile – is very Catholic. The church was and remains extremely important to these parts. Father Alphonse’s talk was about ministering to the fishing communities and building an impressive Catholic strong-hold here in Biloxi – including the building of a new Cathedral after the city burnt in 1900.
Did I mention that the seafood industry was integral to building Biloxi? It was.
The graves in the priest plot were covered with sea shells to honor the foundation of the city and its community.
The plot for priests was also surrounded by shells and oyster shells.
From our short visit with Father Alphonse, we wandered through the cemetery to one of the other nine performers. I didn’t realize that Biloxi had a New Orleans-style cemetery, although I suppose it does make sense.
I wish I had kept the flyer because it listed the performers’ names. Unfortunately, in a cleaning fit, that piece of paper disappeared. The next performer was saw was portraying Charles Redding, a businessman involved in the seafood processing industry.
I don’t know how big of a deal root beer is outside of the US, and I have no idea if folks outside of the US (or even outside of the southern US) know about Barqs rootbeer. Barqs rootbeer in a glass bottle is a big deal around this parts…partly because Barqs root beer was invented in Biloxi. (there wasn’t a Barq’s performer this year but for some reason I had to take a picture)
While we were waiting for a performance to begin, SH kept motioning for me to take a shot down an avenue in the cemetery. He kept mouthing something, but by this point in our marriage you’d think that he would have remembered that I suck at reading lips. Just can’t do it. Sorry. Later he told me that there was this little old lady couple sitting together on a bench. It was a lovely moment. Alone together there in the middle of all those people. We stopped to talk to them as we moved their direction, and from what I could gather, one of them had just lost someone and the other had been offering her comfort. Sisters, cousins, life-long friends, lovers…I don’t know. The tenderness and humanity of the moment is what caught me.
I have a ton of photos to share with you, but as this is supposed to be a 10-on-10 post, I’m only going to share 10 photos. If you’d like to see more, check back with me on Wednesday when I’ll post a few more.
I thought I would leave you with images of the tree. Because it is amazing. I shared it on Instagram shortly after I took it, and I think that photo might have even been better than the way I’ve chosen to edit it here. In short because this was a Halloween activity, I thought that I would go with a more vintage, matte, dark feel for the photos. I’m not entirely sure that I like what I came up with, but one of the joys of photography and post-production is being able to make different decisions with editing and change the entire feel of a photo.
That light coming through the Spanish moss is incredible, isn’t it? And the people just seated under the trees, enjoying their bowls of gumbo (they serve gumbo on Tuesday nights – free – although they do ask for a donation).
These photos were taken just as the sun was beginning to set – Golden Hour, if you will – and I think they show why photographers chase that particular time of the day.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my 10 on 10 offering for November, and I hope you’ll come back on Wednesday to see the rest of the photos from this event. If you have not completed the circle, it is now time for you to leave me and make your way to Shannon at My2Morrows. She’s got some fabulous photos for you! Make sure you leave us all some comment love because we live for that stuff…makes us feel less alone. 😉