Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rambling Around Vicksburg ... Part I

Yesterday afternoon it was partly cloudy in Vicksburg, with temperatures in the high 70s -- a perfect day to be out taking pictures. I decided not to venture too far and began my photo quest in the community of Bovina, Mississippi, which is about ten miles east of Vicksburg.

My first stop was a visit with this little guy, who came running to meet me ...


He was beautiful, and so sweet ... I wished my granddaughter Avery could have seen him.



Here are a few more things in the Bovina area that caught my eye ...




I love this little outdoor worship area in some woods next to a church. Can you imagine having Easter sunrise services there? ...


When I left Bovina, I headed west toward Vicksburg on old Highway 80. Some of you may remember the post I wrote last July called "The Art of Kudzu." I took most of the pictures featured in that post on Highway 80, and yesterday I decided to take a few of the same places to show you how kudzu looks in the winter time ... and it's not a pretty sight.

Here's a school bus that was almost completely covered by kudzu last July ...


And that same bus the way it looked yesterday ...


Here are some more "before" and "after" kudzu pictures ...



I did find a little bit of sunshine later in the afternoon to remind me that spring will be here soon. Just look at these pretty daffodils pushing up through the winter leaves and vines ...

And these delicate flowering quince blooms ...


I love these determined little purple wildflowers poking through a crumbling brick wall ...


And with the promise of spring in the air, I am going to end Part I of this post. I hope you will join me tomorrow because I've saved the best part for last -- a visit to Vicksburg's beautiful old Cedar Hill Cemetery.


In the meantime, if you would like to read about Cedar Hill, you can click here to read a post I wrote last year about the Monuments of Cedar Hill, and also one called In the Arms of the Angels about some of the children buried there.

Sincerely,

15 comments:

bj said...

Oh, Janie, you do take the most beautiful photos...I love the ones of the animals best, I think. Especially the horses and cows...
All the photos you shared today are just beautiful...

Barbara said...

Janie, My husband is a history buff and he would love to be able to ride around Vicksburg with you and see the sights and history there. Did you come and enter my giveaway?

southerninspiration said...

Janie, I am going to encourage you again, to write a book with all your great photos and stories to tell. YOu are SO talented!!! I love this post. Yep, Kudzu.....the ivy that ate the south!!! it's ugly in winter, yes?????

Suzanne

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Janie,
Those are some beautiful photos. I really haven't given much thought to the kudzu in the winter, but you are right...it is ugly!

Love the picture of the horse!

Stacey said...

Horses are so beautiful. Looks like you met a sweet one.

The wintertime kudzu looks like something out of a horror movie. I know it's invasive but your summer pictures are pretty.

Thanks for the shots of spring. We are hoping the ice melts here today.

judicreations said...

Hi Janie
Your pictures are wonderful. I love the pretty flowers which look exceptionally beautiful as I look out at the snow out my window.
Look at the plant growing across the cross and over the yellow line..oh my. Very interesting pictures.
Thank you for sharing.
come by and visit when you have some time.
Judi

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, that horse just melted my heart! I loved his blaze, and he was so pretty. Thanks for sharing him with us. I wanted to reach out and pat him so bad. :-)

I love kudzu, but it is pretty awful looking in January. I agree.

Loved all of your shots of Bovina and that shot of the cemetery. I can't wait to see more cemetery shots.

Have a lovely day...

XO,

Sheila :-)

YaYa's Funhouse said...

Awesome and incredible pictures. What kind of camera do you use?? Lov'in those pictures.

Tonja said...

What great pictures! Love all the rusty things. We have lots of kudzu here too...amazing how fast it can cover once it gets going! My fav pic is the cemetary.

beth at aunties said...

Beautiful pictures as always. The horse looks so sweet. Maybe Avery can come next time. My little ones love horses:)
I have loved the South adn all the greenry...I have never seen it is the winter. I didn't know the vine was called Kudzu. All of our greery looks so brown and dead also. We are still waiting for some blossoms to appear.
Thanks again for a great informative post full of southern wonders. I enjoy your cemetary posts and look forward to tomorrows...
♥♥♥

nikkicrumpet said...

You take such amazing pictures...I love the ones of the horses...but my favorite is the Kudzu...I know it's a terribly invasive weed...but dang if it isn't pretty!!!

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

What a sweet looking horse,and I love the tour, I really loved the picture of the old bus covered inn vines. Thank you for sharing. Blessings,
Sue

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Janie, I am so glad to visit your blog for the first time. Your tour and lovely photographs are stunning, thanks so much for taking all of us with you.
Lidy

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Janie; What wonderful photos, I can hardly believe my eyes about all that Kudzu my goodness it really takes over.

Hugs;
Alaura

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

I loved the photos! I will have to make sure to come back tomorrow so that I can see what you are going to share!
Barbara
Southern Lady's Vintage