Welcome to an early Photo Friday! Thursday, which is when Photo Friday normally runs, is Thanksgiving here in the United States, and while I’m a wee bit late getting this out on Wednesday, perhaps some of you will have time to link up earlier in the day…or later…perhaps after your family has fallen into a turkey (or more likely a carb) coma.
My school district has been out this past week, and while I’m slowly coming to the realization that my break is almost over, if has been a week off that was desperately needed. I’m one of those folks who always plan to do a ton of things over my breaks. All of those projects that I’ve put off and been meaning to do, I always plan to get done during my time off. It doesn’t happen, though. I think the most that I’ve managed this week is shooting a few early mornings and catching the sunset earlier this evening.
I haven’t done the deep cleaning of the house that I had planned, and I didn’t get the cover sewn for my hanging bed. There is still time, though. It could happen Saturday. Or Sunday. But I think perhaps it won’t. I’m not sure when those things will get done. Probably sometime before my Sner arrives in 3 weeks for the Christmas holidays.
Being on break has allowed me to visit places that I haven’t been to in quite awhile. This morning I crawled out of the bed in time to make it to the Pass Christian Harbor for the sunrise. I’d hoped to get out among the shrimp boats, but they have the piers blocked. I think that means that in the morning I’ll try either Long Beach or Biloxi. Still, though, I think the extra drive time was worth my effort.
It is always something spectacular to watch the light change both in the morning and at night. The colors are so intense and vibrant in that 20-30 minutes before the sun peeks full above the horizon.Once the sun starts to crest, everything turns golden and kissed with potential, but literally just seconds before it was all bright purples and oranges and hot pinks.
Once I got home this morning and made breakfast, I decided that rather than pulling out the sewing machine and being productive, I was going to go back to bed. I slept for almost two hours, and I thought to myself – man, I could get used to a life like this. I’ve said it here before but I am so totally a night owl. If I could get away with staying up until 3:00-4:00 in the morning and sleeping until 8:00 or 9:00, I’d be happier than my lab rolling around in the dirt in the backyard.
Tonight wound up at the Biloxi – Ocean Springs bridge. The morning sunrise is moving further south and out over the water, which means that the sunset is moving further north and lighting the Back Bay on fire. If we were going to be home tomorrow night, I would be at the Biloxi commercial docks to take pictures because now is the perfect time of year to be there.
The bridge, though, was the perfect place to shoot tonight. I think after having owned my tripod for six months, I’m finally beginning to get the hang of how to use it properly. I know, right? What can I say? I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes.
The sunset tonight was amazing. I’m always humbled and amazed by this beauty that happens every single day whether we pay attention to it or not.
The Biloxi-Ocean Springs Bridge is a thing of beauty, but it was a huge controversy getting it built after the previous bridge was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. It seems like we are forever talking about Katrina here on the Coast, doesn’t it? It was one of those watershed moments – a demarcation point. The bridge, though, is a gathering place. People are always walking it; there are always people on the fishing piers. Tonight it was particularly busy with lots of people fishing with their poles and using cast nets.
I suppose that since Thanksgiving is really only a few moments away, it’s time for me to make note of the things for which I am thankful. They include the following:
- A break. I love my job, but it is difficult – moreso than it has to be – and I needed the rest.
- Getting to see the sunrise and sunset. We’re blessed with some pretty incredible ones here on the Coast, and I get to see them on a regular basis.
- My Sweet Husband. He’s been under the weather this week along with experiencing some extremely painful tennis elbow, but he’s done what he can to make sure that I have what I need and want.
- Time with friends and family. We sat around a fire with some coworkers and spent Saturday and Sunday with family. It’s the little things.
- Sweet puppies. I love my fur-babies. There have been plenty of snuggles with them this week. They’re getting older, which is something I don’t want to think about, so these snuggles with them have been precious.
- Our family. My Sner is coming in just a few short weeks, and we get to spend a lot of time with Sweet Husband’s family.
- Y’all. I love that y’all keep coming back, sharing, and supporting each other. It’s a tremendous blessing to me to have y’all here each week.
- Outstanding colleagues. I couldn’t do what I do without them.
I know there are a ton of things I’m forgetting, but that’s what I have right now.
If you are here in the States, I hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with too much food to possibly eat and time with all the people that you love the most. Tell me about those things that you are most thankful for in the comments. And if you aren’t in the States, take a moment and tell me what you’re thankful for too. Gratitude is a practice that can fundamentally change our brains, so let’s take a moment to share!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I’m so thankful that you are with us again this week!
Our final link came from Sarah at 2 Paws Design who shared a photo of an owl butterfly. If you haven’t checked out the links that are added after you make your contribution, go take a look!
Now I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Please remember to visit and comment on at least two other posts.