Saturday, April 24, 2010

Gulf Islands National Seashore, Davis Bayou

My husband and I were really surprised when our Gulf Coast friends took us to what they called ‘this little walking park’. We were surprised because it’s actually a national park located in Florida, Mississippi.

We were at the Davis Bayou branch of Gulf Islands National Seashore.

There’s a nice little paved walking path, as well as piers to fish off of, or just to sit and gaze.

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The wildflowers are so different here.

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I’ve never seen these before.

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Luckily, I’d brought my little camera bag with me and in it I had my 60mm macro lens.

I love my macro lens.

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It was a beautiful day when I took these over the spring break earlier this month. In fact, it was a perfect day.

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And I’ll always remember it.

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The different trees.

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With their Spanish moss.

It was all just so beautiful.

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I want to thank you for sharing your cleaning stories with me (previous post). It makes me feel less alone in my feelings towards it. And today I did not just one half hour, but two. And in between, I took a half hour break and worked on photos each time. So maybe I can do this.

A reader told me:  As my Mother once said..."you'll never look back and wish you cleaned more".

So true. And it’s partly why I let it go sometimes.

Oh, and just one more thing. When I began this blog in December 2007, I had an idea of what I wanted it to be. I wanted it to be a place where I could share my photography, and maybe connect with others. I imagined visitors who were looking for a peaceful respite in their day. And I think I’ve done that. Thanks so much for stopping by today and every day, for your kind comments, and for your friendship.

Until tomorrow then. . .


Marla said...

Perfect shots... Makes me want to visit Mississippi!

Marla @

Michelle said...

Oh yes, I think your desire for this blog has been WELL fulfilled. Thank-YOU for sharing your incredible photography and giving us this peaceful respite; it is beautiful here.

BTW, did you see on my blog that I got to see Pioneer Woman with my mom? Whee!

Hilary said...

You've certainly continue to accomplish what you set out to do.. many times over. Beautiful images as always, Kate.

myletterstoemily said...

expert photos of exquisite
subjects. thank you for

Tiffany said...

"you'll never look back and wish you cleaned more"

That just became my personal credo. :D Enjoying your site as always, thank you so much for what you bring to our lives.

Steph said...

My husband and I love to visit the National and State Parks in every area we visit as well. They're so beautiful and usually free and filled with wonderful sites to see. I love to see them through your eyes...thanks for sharing Kate!

Cloudia said...

I love your macro lens too!

Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Julie Harward said...

I love blogging and seeing things I have never seen in different parts of this beautiful earth. Good for you about today...I think, like me, you are a nature girl...I just love being outside! Your friendship means a lot to me too, I love to visit you...come say hi :D

Unknown said...

If that was your intent - you have hit it spot on. I am fairly new to your blog, but have been enjoying it for several weeks now especially for the lovely scenery. It is one of the few peaceful spots in my day :)


GailO said...

Yes, I do find this blog a peaceful respite...I also find it very inspirational...

Lovely flower pics Kate!

Annie said...

Love the wildflowers Kate. The orchid in the tree is beautiful.

Loved all the cleaning comments below too. Half an hour sounds good a day. What I have been trying to do lately.

Your photos are always wonderful. Thanks for the time you spend on them! It is indeed a lovely place to visit. It is great to have you and cbw to visit each afternoon here. Especially when I cant get out and about so much waiting for my foot to heal!

mrs mediocrity said...

I love your macro lens too, just gorgeous!

A New England Life said...

I have to respond to your readers comment about her mom saying you'll never look back and wished you had cleaned more. If it were my mom she would say the exact opposite. She obsesses about cleanliness and can't understand why everyone isn't as clean as she is. That's the type of mom I have. Can we talk therapy right about now? For me, not her. Well, maybe her too.

You never know when you're going to experience a day you'll never forget. They come about totally by surprise. But oh, don't you just love it when they do?

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Love the white flower - and I love national parks, I'm glad you go to visit one with your friends. I always wish I paid more attention and visited more when I traveled (or even the ones just close to my home!).

Anonymous said...

I'm not surprised you love your macro lens, beautiful photography.

CJ xx

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

The same holds true for work; the saying I like to repeat is a man on his deathbed will never wish that he'd spent more time at work.

wv: patic. The state of my house is pretty patic.

Mary said...

Omigosh, what BEAUTIFUL photos! You need to take a few and frame them in a collage frame, as a remembrance of your perfect day.

And yes, I think you have created a beautiful and welcoming place on the web. And you have shared so much of yourself with all of us -- thank you, dear Kate!

Anonymous said...

I love the soft blue of their skies. Makes for some pretty photos.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Donna S. said...

Kate, I look forward to my visit with you every day!!!

Gayle said...

The little blue flower is called Blue Eyed Grass, we have them here (CA). Your blog is such a joy, I love coming here each day.

Char said...

what a beautiful spot

Gail said...

I can identify Blue Eye Grass, wild strawberries, and Spiderwort but for the rest you are on your own.

This are beautiful pictures.

I shall keep coming back, you never disappoint me with your words or your pictures.

Sweetpea said...

Hi CG ~ lovely macros! Considering the location of your blue-eyed grass, I'd say it was probably Sisyrinchium angustifolium. Here's a link that might be helpful:

A perfect day indeed.

Valerie said...

Kate - you have a wonderful blog. I have always been in awe of your photography. I wanted to let you know about another new project. Because I love your photo's I wanted to especially invite you.

I want to learn, even more, how to be a better photographer, and to get ideas from others. So I am going out on a limb.

I am starting a new photo meme and would like for you to consider participating.You can read all about it in the first post, which I posted early this week.

I know I learn from seeing what others are doing and by asking questions. Perhaps others would like to do this same. Those who have more experience can be a great encouragement to those who have the desire to be better.

Of course there is no obligation. If you think it’s a good idea, perhaps you would like to invite your readers. It's my first time doing something like this, I hope I don't flop! I hope to start this Friday.


Suzanne said...

Kate, I enjoy my visit every day, and miss you when your away. I don't always get the same thing each day, usually a smile, but I always get something. Thank you!

Cheryl said...

I see things thu your camera lens, I never have never seen before. Or maybe taken the time to stop and look.

Love your macro lens and George!

Andi said...

"I imagined visitors who were looking for a peaceful respite in their day." -
Exactly what you have achieved! I enjoy coming here to look at your lovely pictures and take a breath from my day.

Mary Lou said...

You're fulfilling my need day by day. Thank you for that.

Deb said...

now that is a nice walking the photos...

Jo said...

Omigoodness, I love the beautiful wild white rose. It's one of my favorite flowers. We had lots of them where I grew up, and when I was a little girl I was always late for school, because I would stop and stare at the wild roses. I guess that is sort of the story of my life. *heh*

Unknown said...

Your sharing has created just eh place that you envisioned....smiles.

Mental P Mama said...

I am coming along next time;)

Unknown said...

with 33 comments I think you have accomplished just what you set out to do! It is always nice to visit.

Kerri Farley said...

Oh so LOVELY!! Looks like a place I would want to visit :)

ELK said...

your flower photos are so pretty .. glad i stopped by .. blessings

The JR said...

Lovely flowers. Luv your blog!