I know I’ve said this before, it as we get closer to the closing of the year, it feels like time is really flying by, and it’s hard for me to believe that it is time for another Photo Friday. How exactly has this happened? How is it already Friday? Shouldn’t we only be around Tuesday of this week? My days blend together, and while I catalog the sunrises and sunsets, I’m not sure when one day ends and another begins. For weeks I’ve driven by the swamp sunflowers and thought, I must stop and capture them. But then I don’t. Because surely there will be another day, more time to see their joyful blooms. They will last forever, won’t they?
But no, they will not last forever. As I made my way to work this morning, I noticed that so many of the swamp sunflowers, which always make me think of friend Kelly del Valle, have lost their petals. All that remains of them are Suessian black lollipops that sway in the wind before falling into the swamp, disappearing beneath the surface, gone for another year.
So this evening, I trudged down the road, making my way to James Hill Park and Bayou Bernard. A colleague called while I was on my way, and we chatted about the events of the last few days. He could hear the road noise and asked where I was and what I was doing. When I told him I was on my way to shoot swamp sunnies, he said to enjoy my happy place and not worry about where things were headed.
I was able to do that for all of about 2 minutes.
While I was shooting the sunflowers, I noticed these absolutely beautiful, lacy, purple things. I’m not sure that I had paid much attention to them before, but they, like the swamp sunnies were showing their age.
October is winding down and the beauty is at its most powerful. The temperatures here on the Gulf Coast are still in the mid-80s, although this last week we’ve had lows in the upper 50s. Supposedly our temperatures will be back on the rise and our week of fall will be a distant memory. For us the decay won’t which is the transition from fall to winter won’t really happen until late December. These Bayou Beauties will be memories by then which will hopefully sustain us until they make their way back again next fall.
I hope you’ve had a great week and have a good time planned for the weekend. I’m hoping to catch some interesting shots, including Sweet Husband’s godson’s baptism and perhaps a few more cemeteries. Happy shooting to you!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! Y’all are just phenomenal! You bring such gorgeous photos and lovely stories. I’m humbled by all of your beautiful work. Please make sure that you’re visiting other participants. Sharing out work is awesome, but supporting each other is even better.
Our final link was from Patrick at Adventures in Weseland who took us to the Berkeley Flea Market. If you missed the posts added after yours, take a minute to swing back by! There’s lots of great stuff added later in the weekend.
I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Let’s get to sharing!