One of the greatest things about blogging – at least for me – is the connections that you make along the way. Writers like to say that the difficulty in writing is that essentially when you put words on the page, you are putting yourself on the page. It’s not just words – it is yourself. When you find people that you connect with online, it’s no small thing. Someone has seen your words or your photos and seen you, finding value in you and your work.
This week I’m bringing you a photo collaboration with two other Gulf Coast photographers. I have their photos to share with you as well as my own, and each of them will be sharing a completely different set of photos, although in my case, they are related – an afternoon at the Davis Bayou Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore, a place I have shared with you before.
Swimming in Sunshine – Kelly DeValle
Since almost the beginning of my Photo Friday link-up, Kelly of Swimming in Sunshine has been participating – sharing posts, commenting on them, encouraging others to participate. She takes incredible photos, and we have several things in common – both living near the Coast and both working in education. Kelly has been on an epic Florida trip – top to bottom, coast to coast – and her photos are from her trip.
Fort Island at sunset. Look at that gorgeous light coming through back there! Sunsets are some of my favorite captures, and Kelly has done an incredible job with this one.
Kelly does a lot of photography *in* Florida’s waters, particularly in the springs. In this shot, she brings us a manatee tail. There have been reports of a manatee in the Jourdan and Pascagoula Rivers, but I of course, haven’t been out to see for myself, and I haven’t seen any photos come through the Mississippi Gulf Coast Photography group either. How amazing is it to get to be up and personal with one of these incredible creatures???
This last shot is of a reddish egret. Kelly also does quite a bit of bird photography. I’m always so amazed by how sharp her shots are! She gets gorgeous photos of magnificent birds (check out her post for this week’s Photo Friday for more birds).
Lady Serpentine – Mindi Wooley
It was actually Kelly who introduced me to Mindi of Lady Serpentine by suggesting this photo share. I started poking around and of course, fell in love. What’s not to love, really? A woman who loves photography, her pets, the great outdoors and where she lives? Sounds like someone after my own heart. Shortly before Kelly left on her epic road trip, Mindi left for a week on the Texas Gulf Coast. Are you jealous? Because I’m jealous. Sweet Husband’s mother grew up in Galveston and tells wonderful stories, but I’ve not made it there yet. Soon, though, particularly after having seen Mindi’s photos.
One of the things that I really love about living here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the diversity of ecological systems, some of them existing right next to each other. At the Davis Bayou section of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, you have the bayou, it’s resulting swamp, and the Mississippi Sound (thank you to my father-in-law for correcting me – that water right off our Coast isn’t really the Gulf of Mexico. It’s the Sound. It’s the reason why our water isn’t “pretty”).
I’ve walked the nature trail at Davis Bayou before. It’s billed as a hike, but really – it’s a stroll, which to be honest, at this time of year, I’m perfectly happy to just stroll. The trail runs from the Bayou to the fishing pier off the Sound.
These trumpet vines remind me of my childhood. They grew wild all over my father’s farm, and I remember pinching the blooms off and sucking out the nectar like you do with a honeysuckle vine. I just loved the contrast of the deep blue sky, the white clouds and the green foliage. Definitely one of my favorite shots.
Finally, we make it to the Sound, looking out to Deer Island, the closest of our barrier islands. I’ve only ever been out to Ship Island, but the others are on my list of places to visit.
Make sure you pop over to visit both Mindi and Kelly to see what other photos they have for you! Remember – the photos they are sharing will not be the ones that you saw here so you’ll definitely want to go take a look!