Tag Archives: Mississippi

~A few more photos to rap up our Purvis and Eastbank visits

Scenes from Purvis, Mississippi…

Lace, pretty girl.
Lace, pretty girl. Front pond in the background.
IMG_4676
A Spring bird nest?
An old bird nest
Another Spring bird nest
Leland's favorite Live Oak Tree
Leland’s favorite Live Oak Tree

Scenes from Eastbank Campground…

A beautiful sunset and a little Pied-billed Grebe swimming around. I took these photos, on our first night at Eastbank Campground, about a week ago.

 

Next…

Photos from our visit to The Villages, Florida

~Learning Pickleball

Purvis, Mississippi has two tennis courts, one of which has been outlined for Pickleball. We went there, so I could show Carol and Leland how to  play. We had a lot of fun the two times we played around!

Carol (sil) and Leland (brother). Showing them how to play Pickleball.
Carol (sil) and Leland (brother). Showing them how to play Pickleball.
Carol, having fun!
Carol, having fun!
Leland, having fun!
Leland, having fun!
"I love these guys!"
Do they look tired? Nah, one runs four miles a day and the other walks four miles a day. “I love these guys!”
"I love these guys!"
“I love these guys so very much!”
My ball boy! Love him!
My ball boy! Love him!

Our journey continues bringing us to a favorite place…

Our second night at Fairview Riverside State Park….

The rains came in the night. All of a sudden the silence of the night interrupted with squalls of rain hitting the roof of the RV. Silence, pounding rain, silence, pounding rain, all night long. Common, these seasonal rains in the south, some violent with their arrival.
We woke to flooded roads,  the river overflowing its bank. We have been at Fairview before and experienced the same seasonal rains and flooding roads.
This road leads to a second campground closer to the river. We walk this road all the time.
This road leads to a second campground closer to the river. We walk this road all the time.
Not long after the rain stopped, the water receded leaving debris behind,  rain drops dripped from tree leaves, and the grass remained marsh like, which deterred us from walking on it.
We were at Fairview for three nights and the sun never fully showed itself, always hiding behind gray clouds.
We still enjoyed our stay, visited with friends, ate seafood, had coffee and beignets, and shopped at our favorite grocery store for Louisiana foods to take with us.

 

Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans cafe known for cafe au laits, chicory coffee and beignets since 1862.
Cafe Du Monde, New Orleans cafe known for cafe au laits, chicory coffee and beignets since 1862.

Our journey continues bringing us to a favorite place…

A place that brings smiles, makes my heart sing with happiness, and one where loved ones are waiting to embrace us in hugs. A peaceful place with lots of birds, beautiful trees and scrubs, acres of green fields, ponds, and sounds of pounding hoofs racing to relieve their curiosity over whom has come to visit.
Our favorite camping spot
Our favorite camping spot
An early morning visitor
An early morning visitor
There is also sadness with this visit, two hearts no longer with us. Remember Annie, the border collie and Socks the barn cat, sadly not here. I know they are here in spirit walking with us, side by side through these green fields, just as they always did.
Annie. Sweet girl we miss you.
Annie. Sweet girl we miss you so much.
Socks
Socks. Pretty eyes we miss you. I miss seeing you follow my brother around like a dog.

 

Dining Room window view
Our view out the dining room window of the coach
Our visit is short, but memories are being created that will last forever. We will return in March with plans to stay longer.
Front pond
Canada Geese enjoying the front pond
IMG_4642
An old barn sits out in the country
My brother thinks this barn is over 100 years old. Coming to visit grandparents when I was little, from home in New Orleans, I remember seeing this barn. A left turn at the intersection where the old barn sits leads to Granddaddy’s farm. The roof has recently been repaired.
Knowing there are fun times ahead, we still leave our favorite spot with heavy hearts. With one last embrace that has to last until we return, our journey continues. On Tuesday we head east.

 

~Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

The Daily Post – Photo Challenge – Week of April 24, 2015 – “Motion.”

In Rocky Mountain National Park
In Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado).
Annie, running in the pasture.
Annie, running in the pasture (Mississippi).
"This feels so good" Hot Rod rolling in the grass.
“This feels so good” Hot Rod rolling in the grass (Mississippi).
Coming in for a landing!
Coming in for a landing (Florida).
Fiesty Female  Wild Turkey
Fiesty Female Wild Turkey (Florida).
Snowing
Snowing (Colorado).
"Come soar with me!"
“Come soar with me!” Florida
Soaring
Osprey (Florida).
Over it goes (Montana).
Canada Goose, over the falls (Montana).

~A few photos from the farm~

Scenes from “the farm”

Socks, a beautiful girl

A beautiful "Barn Kitty"
A beautiful “Barn Kitty”

 

On the hunt
On the hunt

Some of the Horses, fat from eating summer grass

Big Red
Big Red
Lace and Ike (what a funny photo)
Lace and Ike (what a funny photo)

 

A young Angus Steer

A handsome 4H Steer (I called him "Little Bull"
A handsome 4H Steer (I called him “Little Bull”

 

A beautiful Butterfly

Butterfly Bush with a beautiful customer

Ah Bull

"I'am watching you"
“I’am watching you”
"Go Away"
“Go Away”

 

Precious Jack

We miss you Jack
We miss you Jack

 

The Birds

Northern Mockingbird (photo taken in Mississippi)
Northern Mockingbird (photo taken in Mississippi)
BrownThrasher (photo taken in Mississippi)
BrownThrasher (photo taken in Mississippi)

 

~A Redhead with some Red Seeds~

A Magnolia Tree

 ~

Standing tall for all to see,

showcasing a multitude of gifts,

 with long, green, waxy leaves.

 ~

Delicate flowers in sundry colors,

white being the iconic symbol,

of a southern favorite.

~

Beauty and strength in its stance,

providing shade for those seeking relief,

with sturdy branches for nesting birds.

~

Autumn brings its offering of  food,

lovely cone shaped pods,

red seeds shining in the sun.

~

Standing tall for us to see,

we must remember,

a Magnolia Tree is a gift for all.

~

Pileated Woodpecker (photo taken in Mississippi)
Pileated Woodpecker (photo taken in Mississippi)

A lovely, old Magnolia tree stands next to our coach when we are parked at our favorite “RV resort”. I am not sure how long this Magnolia tree has stood here, but in a way it symbolizes the roots of a family, my family, living on this land and in this area for many years. 

My brother and sister-in-law enjoy this land and call it home; their very soul is rooted in every tree and shrub planted here. My love of this country, open spaces, wildlife and all things in nature, I believe, can be traced back to those who settled here.

 

Our visits are a gift; we will treasure each and every memory.

Look at those claws!
Look at those claws!

During our last visit, sitting outside near this old magnolia tree, we heard a loud racket. My brother, having heard this sound many times, knew exactly what it was.

This beautiful, female, Pileated Woodpecker flew in the Magnolia tree and immediately began to hunt for a snack. We were amused by its endeavor and I was delighted to have captured a few photos.

Look at those tail feathers
Look at those tail feathers
Grabbed it!
Grabbed it – A red seed filled cone.

~With our nose pointing west….

 

With our nose pointing west….

We sadly leave family and friends in Mississippi and Louisiana….until next time our hearts remain with each of you.

Two weeks ago we visited our family in Purvis, Mississippi. We had a wonderful time and it was truly sad leaving them. They spoil us rotten while we are there.

We stay at my brother and sister-in-law’s farm. While there we also get to see my younger sister and many nieces, nephews, greats and great-greats! Love you guys and thanks for making us feel loved and welcome!

A few Mississippi photos:

Annie
Annie She loves to chase cows and run off critters at night
Japanese Magnolia (my brother love to plant trees and blooming scrubs)
Japanese Magnolia
(my brother loves to plant trees and blooming scrubs)
Another variety of Japanese Magnolia
Another variety of Japanese Magnolia
Sing Baby Sing I saw twenty-three species on the farm while there
Sing Baby Sing
I saw twenty-three species, of bird this visit

 

Big Red, Hot rod, Lace and Fat Mama/Lena before she foaled
Big Red, Hot Rod, Lace and Fat Mama/Lena before she foaled. All across the Front Pond
Front Pond, Howard and Leland going to see if the Wood Ducks were in the bog.
Front Pond, Howard and Leland going to see if the Wood Ducks were in the bog. We saw 14!

 

 A pair of Blue-winged Teals visiting the back  pong

A pair of Blue-winged Teals visiting the Back Pond
Red Missippippi Mud -back pond
Red Missippippi Mud
-back pond
Tracks, probably Turkey
Tracks, probably Turkey
Another view of the back pond
Another view of the back pond

Goodbye Mississippi, we’ll be back! 

After our visit in Mississippi we drove to Madisonville, Louisiana and again stayed at Fairview Riverside State Park. We stay there, because it is close to friends, who also spoil us rotten! We had a great time and hope to see yawl soon. Love you guys!

 

I have been posting a few photos from Fairview Riverside State Park and I have a few more to share, including my new bird sightings!

A beautiful Cypress Tree
A beautiful Cypress Tree

One evening we had dinner with Howard’s brother and our sister-in-law, who drove from Hobe Sound, Florida to visit with SIL’s family in Metairie. Remember we spent time visiting with them and family in Hobe Sound. We will see all of you very soon, with all our love!

We all met at a restaurant in Covington, Louisiana. Howard and Bob’s childhood friend and his family jointed us for dinner and we had a very enjoyable time visiting.

One morning we drove the 22 mile causeway over Lake Pontchartrain traveling, as they say, from the north shore to the south shore to the city of Metairie, which is near New Orleans. We went to visit with our 82 year old cousin. Joy is her name and she is a joy to be around.

As you can see we had a busy time and again our visit has come to an end. This morning we pulled out of Fairview Riverside State Park and pointed our nose west!!! 

 

Goodbye Madisonville, Louisiana, we’ll be back!

 

We are slowly making our way home to Colorado, stopping along the way where ever we want, to enjoy birding, hiking, sightseeing and some more good eats! 

We are staying a few days in Duson, Louisiana (can you say the cajun pronunciation of Duson). While here we will visit a state park in Abbeville, Louisiana to see if we would like to stop there on future trips through this area. We really love the State Parks!

Tomorrow night we plan to eat dinner at a restaurant near Lafayette, while a cajun band plays their unique style of music!

 

We have not decided on a specific route home.

 

We don’t have any firm plans beyond this point, except to visit some of the national wildlife areas near Beaumont, Texas, hoping to see some migrating birds. 

 

Which way, which way shall we go?