At the end of 2014, I decided that it was time for me to really get serious about learning my craft with regard to photography – both in using my camera…mastering it really…and in terms of editing – learning how to really use Lightroom and Photoshop. To that end, I decided that I was going to do a 365 Photo project. The problem is that my work schedule makes using my Big Girl Camera a bit of a struggle on a daily basis.
It was at that point – now early 2015 – that I decided that I needed to change my focus from a 365 Photo project to a Project 52 – a photo a week. The problem is that I don’t necessarily care for a lot of the themes that many Project 52 groups give you. I didn’t want to be constrained by what I felt like were arbitrary, but at the same time, I waned some sort of cohesion for my project.
And then I hit on it – Mississippi. I can take pictures of Mississippi each week and share them. Mississippi landmarks, Mississippi originals, Mississippi oddities, Mississippi surprises.
So. Each week (or almost each week – there will be special occasions when something else gets photographed…like Mardi Gras), I will bring you photos of Mississippi. I hope you enjoy what I choose for you!
January 2015 –
Coastal Pelicans – taken in the Pass Christian Back Bay and on Henderson Point
Union Station – shots of the decaying train cars in downtown Meridian
February 2015 –
Temple Beth Israel Cemetery – photos taken in Meridian’s historic Jewish cemetery
F.W. Williams Home – shots of the ramshackle Williams’ home, which stands behind the gorgeously restored Merrehope
Enterprise Confederate Cemetery – pictures of the almost forgotten, older part of the Enterprise Confederate Cemetery.
March 2015 –
Crawfish Boil – photos taken at the parents’ house in Hattiesburg – Crawfish boils are a south Mississippi/Louisiana tradition.
Vicksburg National Military Park – The Battle of Vicksburg was a decisive one in the Civil War, and the National Military Park honors the sacrifices on both sides of the fight.
Wisteria – In the spring, south Mississippi gets covered in fragrant purple vines. The blooms only last a very short while, but they are gorgeous while they are here.
April 2015 –
10 on 10 Photography Circle – Easter Edition – this post, while technically not a See Mississippi post, showcases the Mississippi Gulf Coast with pictures taken on the beach in Gulfport.
Abandoned Dreams – a former football field, located at an elementary school in Hattiesburg.
Gathering Storms – photos of a coming storm north of Hattiesburg.
Magnolia Season – photos taken on the USM campus in Hattiesburg of magnolias in bloom.
May 2015 –
10 on 10 Photography Circle – Broadwater Marina – also not technically a See Mississippi post, but it feature one of the four lighthouses to be found on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Jones Park – photos from Gulfport’s Jones Park, featuring the Ship Island lighthouse replica.
Biloxi Lighthouse – one of the Coast’s most iconic features – the Biloxi Lighthouse
Blessing of the Fleet – a Mississippi Gulf Coast tradition, practiced at the beginning of the shrimp & oyster seasons – this one in Pass Christian
Round Island Lighthouse – destroyed in two different hurricanes, rebuilt in Pascagoula
Logtown, Mississippi – photos from the beginning of the Possum Walk trail in the mostly abandoned Logtown, Mississippi (a post for the 10 on 10 Photography Circle in which I participate)
Kremer Landinghttp://www.piercedwonderings.com/photo-friday-kremer-landing/ – a boat launch manage by the City of Gulfport, formerly a marina that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Lighthouse Park – a new park opened in July 2015 across from Biloxi’s iconic lighthouse along Beach Boulevard.
Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve – a hidden gem on located in Pascagoula.
James Hill Park – another location that was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and has recently re-opened with newly completed bayou boardwalks that take you along the Back Bay
Hiller Park – a beautiful and large park in Bilxoi, Mississippi, located along the Back Bay
POW Lake – Mississippi was home to several World War II POW Camps, housing German and Italian prisoners. POW Lake is located in Saucier, Mississippi.