This is the third and final post featuring a photo shoot of some of my favorite "off the beaten path" roads in the Vicksburg area. If you missed the first two chapters, you can click on the following links to take you there ...
Country Roads Part 2: A Place called Flora
If you are a regular visitor here at Southern Lagniappe, you know that I "see" pictures everywhere I go, and today I'd like to share with you a few of the sights that caught my attention as I explored some old familiar places and a few new ones, too.
I have always wanted to see the view from this fire tower and, for just a tiny moment, was tempted to climb up, but soon came to my senses and was content to just take a picture of it instead.
The countryside bordering MS Hwy. 22 is dotted with farmlands, pastures, and woodlands, and here are just a few of the scenes I saw as I traveled the backroads.
The white limbs of a sycamore tree stand out against the drab January landscape ...
Little farm roads like this one always make me wonder what lies over the hilltop ...
I wanted to get a closer look at this ramshackle old house, but that would have been trespassing ...
And, besides, there was a buzzard sitting on the roof that was almost as big as me! (You can see it, if you click on the picture to enlarge it.) I may be adventuresome, but I'm not dumb!
And speaking of dumb ... I have photographed lots of cows during my ramblings, and they've always stood quite still, as if mesmerized by my camera, like this little fellow:
But these cows must have thought I was scouting for beef for McDonald's or Wendy's, because they "high-tailed it out of there" (as we say in the South), when I pulled up beside the pasture.
A few miles down the road, I spotted this horse having lunch.
It was one of the many times in my life that I've wished I could whistle, so I could get him to look up for my camera, but he was hungrier than he was curious and totally ignored my ineffectual "Yooooo-Hoos!"
I did manage to get a few good shots of him after banging on the side of my car several times.
But, bless his heart, he kept looking at that bale of hay so longingly, that I finally bid him farewell so he could get back to his lunch.
One of the most exciting things, to me, about driving the backroads is that you never know what you might see. Of course, there's always pretty scenery and interesting wildlife along the way, but sometimes you find other things, too.
Like this "Enter at your own risk!" sign that was color-coordinated with the pretty blue fence ...
Not a very friendly welcome to this little pink house, is it?
In contrast, I love this pretty little wagon that sits beside a driveway on Hwy. 22. It is always decorated for the seasons, and this time of year it's filled with "Antique Pansies."
This next picture features a huge, very red cowboy boot decorated with lights.
It is located on the outskirts of Flora, Mississippi, and I'm sure it was an attention-getter during the holidays.
I love this house with its weathered wood, scalloped trim on the gable, and little picket fence in front. It was hidden away on one of the side roads off Hwy. 22.
In closing, I'd like to share some pictures I captured of some moss growing around a tree trunk on the side of one of the roads I traveled.
The people who live along the road probably drive past it every day and never notice it, but I saw it and had to go back and see it up close! And I'm so glad I did ...
I hope you enjoyed my photo tour of some of my favorite backroads around Vicksburg. No matter how many times I travel them, I always see new and interesting things ... and they are even more interesting when I see them through the lens of my camera.