Sunday, January 10, 2010

Natchez Lagniappe

Saturday was a cold and dreary day in Vicksburg (and probably everywhere else within 500 miles). We decided to get out for a while and drove down to Natchez, which is about an hour's drive South from Vicksburg. Actually, the main reason for going was to go to Fat Mama's for lunch and get some hot tamales. They are well worth the drive, especially on a cold day. So, we bundled up our daughter and granddaughter and off we went.

After eating lunch, we drove around Natchez, showing them the sights, and as we drove by Memorial Park downtown, I caught a glimpse of the fountain and was delighted to see that it was frozen solid. Even though the temperature was around 26 degrees, I couldn't wait to get out and capture this rare and beautiful sight with my camera.

This is my favorite ...

When I was editing my pictures, my only disappointment was that I didn't get some really close up shots of the statues' little ice-covered feet and hands. I guess that was because my little hands and feet felt like they were ice-covered, too!

Here are a couple of pictures of the fountain which were featured in an old post I wrote about Natchez, called A Natchez Getaway. These were taken in August of 2008.

After leaving the park, we rode around in some of the historical downtown neighborhoods, admiring the gorgeous old antebellum homes and landmarks of Natchez. At the end of a cul-de-sac, we came upon Ravennaside, a magnificent example of Colonial Revival architecture which, I discovered upon "googling" it, was built in the early 1900s. One thing I found interesting about its history is that Ravennaside is the birthplace of the Natchez Trace Parkway. Mrs. Roane Byrnes lived there her entire life and led the effort to create the 450-mile long parkway.

But, as picturesque as Ravennaside is, that's not what caught my eye as we passed by. It was this ...

Another beautiful ice fountain!

We enjoyed the afternoon in Natchez, and I was so pleased to capture in pictures the rare sight of those beautiful ice-covered fountains.

Natchez is one of our favorite "getaway" places It is a beautiful town, perched high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, and is rich in history and southern hospitality. If you would like to know more about it, click here to go to the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau.

You may also find the following links to be helpful:

Hotels, Motels, Bed and Breakfast

The Natchez Blog
[This beautiful blog is all about Natchez, and is written by Casey Ann Hughes of Natchez. Casey Ann was kind enough to link my blog to hers after coming across several posts I wrote about Natchez.


Deb said...

that was fun and I got to stay warm while looking around....

racheld said...

How perfectly beautiful, frozen in ice by the weather, and in time by your lens.

I'd love to see Natchez again.

Tonja said...

These are magnificent! I love the way they look as if frozen in time...well...I guess they are really! Well, they are pretty anyway! And, boy, do I feel cold looking at them! Bet you were cold phtographing them!

southerninspiration said...

As usual, your photos are exquisite and I always LOVE reading and seeing your posts about Natchez since I grew up around there. Why is the fountain frozen green?
Curious, that's all.......thanks for sharing!


Linda said...

I love the ice fountains! It brings a whole new look to them....great photos even if your were turning into a Popsicle! I have never been to Natchez but will keep it in mind for a getaway!

Merisi said...

Wherever one turns these days, people are shivering!

The frozen fountains are amazing! I hope they handle the cold well. I noticed that the water is turned off here before the temperatures fall near freezing. The most precious fountains are even fitted with wooden structures, to better protect them from the cold.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Those pictures are stunning and beautiful! It has been unseasonably cold here! Hope you are staying warm! ~hugs, Rhonda :)