Thanksgiving Photos From Alabama

Below are some of the pictures I took during my Thanksgiving trip to Alabama.  They’re not exactly Thanksgiving themed.  It just happened to be Thanksgiving when I took them.


 

The Mississippi River as seen from the bridge crossing from Louisiana into Vicksburg, Mississippi.  This photo was taken at about 60 miles per hour and it was quite a trick to not get a bridge strut in the picture.  Out of a dozen pictures, this was the only one without a strut in it.  Sadly, there were no river barges going by at the time.

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I believe this flower is a camellia.  It was on a tree in my mom’s yard that was ablaze with them.  It doesn’t seem very fall-like, does it?  The daytime temperatures were quite pleasant (about 65 F or 19 C), though they would get frosty at night.

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The camellia tree was quite literally buzzing with activity from bees and wasps and flies and birds.  I caught this little fellow going to town and taking advantage of the warm weather to gather up what pollen she might while she could.

IMG_0949aImage © 2017 by Biff Sock Pow

 

Here’s a fly trying to blend in on a camellia bush leaf.  The sunlight caught his colors quite amazingly, but they didn’t really come out in the photo.

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A table for two.  The weather was perfect for a little tea on the south lawn.

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An old nail in an even older cedar tree.  There’s no telling why this nail is here.  It might have held up a sign or a bird feeder or a flower pot.  Who knows?  But the nail survives long after whatever it held up has perished.

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A granddaddy long-legs who thinks he’s hidden in this nook in the fence.  The best thing about granddaddy long-legs is that they are completely harmless.  You can pick them up and hold them without fear.  I suspect it annoys the spider quite a bit, though.   These were the favorite things for boys to scare girls with in the first grade.

IMG_0972aImage © 2017 by Biff Sock Pow

 

This is an okra bloom on an okra plant that was flourishing in a fallow field.  Everything else on the plant had been stripped bare by deer.  I’m not sure why they spared this bloom and the baby okra below it, but it made for a nice picture.  I have been eating fried okra my entire life, but I had no idea it had such a pretty bloom.

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I passed this old country church while driving down a little road in the middle of nowhere.  I thought it looked quite pretty, so I stopped and took a picture of it.  The colors look a little washed out in spite of my efforts to bring them out through post-processing of the picture.  According to the historical marker in front of the church, it is over a hundred and seventy years old and pre-dates the Civil War by several decades.  I’m glad it survived the War and the subsequent reconstruction.

IMG_1007aImage © 2017 by Biff Sock Pow

7 comments

  1. I’ve driven that bridge on my way to Mississippi. It was fun to see it again. I especially like the table and chairs on the lawn shot — very southern.

    I smiled at the comment exchange about “faster to drive.” That’s why no one I know flies to Dallas any more. Even with the south side of Houston as the starting point and some sort of TSA exemption, you still can drive it faster, and you have a car when you get there.

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    • Thanks for the compliment, Wilt!

      The trip can be anywhere from 8 hours to almost ten hours, depending on traffic. I can’t really fly because there are no major airports near where my Mom lives. I did all the math and it is actually quicker (and a lot cheaper!) just to drive. I don’t envy you your 20 hour drive! I would definitely fly in that case.

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      • Yeah, really, the pictures are very evocative, good work.

        8h drive is nothing! That would get us to Portland and then some.

        We drove to Edmonton too, about 12 hours. We don’t drive anywhere far now, our gas is about double what you pay, or 45 cents a litre, which works out to about mmmm, a lot!

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