Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Glory Amongst the Fencerows

The title of my last post was "Pictures Waiting to be Taken," and yesterday morning, while searching for Spider Lilies to photograph, I found lots of "pictures waiting to be taken" along the rural back roads of Hinds County, Mississippi.  Actually, some of them weren't on back roads ... they were on the South Frontage Road of I-20, near Edwards ... in plain sight of the hundreds of travelers who use the frontage road daily, on their way to and from work. 


I'd be willing to bet that very few of those travelers have noticed God's glory amongst the fencerows, but I did ... and I'm so glad I stopped to get a closer look.


The white wildflower vines trailed gracefully along the fence, and reminded me of little white morning glories.  


As you can see in the first picture, there was a lot of tall grass between the road and fence, plus a shallow ditch, and I was sorry I didn't have my "grass-wading boots" with me. However, the next best thing to boots is a long lens, and whenever I'm on a photo shoot, I have one handy.  The following pictures were all taken with the long lens from a spot about three feet off the road.


It was truly my lucky day as far as picture-making goes ... because I soon discovered that I wasn't the only one enjoying those glorious wildflowers along the fencerows.  There were several butterflies darting to and fro amongst the blooms, and I managed to capture a few pictures of them as they flitted from flower to flower, in their never-ending search for the bloom with the best nectar ...

 
 

This black swallowtail was a little more camera-shy than the yellow swallowtail ... 
  Isn't God's camouflage amazing!  You can barely see him nestled in the vines.

I like the way his wings are positioned in the next picture ...
And this is my favorite picture of him ... caught in mid-air!


 As if the wildflowers and butterflies weren't enough, I found some lagniappe at my feet, literally ...
Those are "Balloon Vines" ... 

If you would like to know more about Balloon Vines, you can go back in time to a post I wrote a few years ago featuring Balloon Vines, by clicking the links below.  I found them to be very interesting plants, and the pods have unique little heart-shaped seeds inside them. 


Just a few yards up the road from the butterflies another picture was beckoning to me, and there was no way I could pass by these beautiful yellow wildflowers ...


I found a place to turn around and went back to get a closer look ...

 

I googled images of yellow wildflowers and was surprised to find these listed under "Poisonous Plants of the South." They are called Showy Crotalaria, and are extremely toxic to chickens, horses, cattle, and swine that might consume the green plant, hay contaminated with crotalaria, or dried seed in harvested grain.  Sheep, goats, mules, and dogs can also be affected to a lesser degree.  I'm not sure if it has adverse effects on humans, but I'm glad I didn't decide to dissect one to look at its seeds, as I sometimes do.


Even though poisonous, the flowers were a beautiful sight scattered along the roadside.

 
 
 

Here are a few more "lagniappe" pictures I captured along my journey ...

Champion Hill Road
Hinds County, Mississippi

This next "picture waiting to be taken" stopped me in my tracks ...
or rather, on the railroad tracks.
I didn't "hear a train a'comin,'" so I stopped on the tracks to capture this beautiful scene.

This little guy was in a yard in Edwards, Mississippi ...
and I couldn't resist stopping by for a visit.

The soybean fields were decked out in their Fall colors, ready for harvest time ... which will be soon.

I hope you enjoyed seeing God's glory in these "pictures waiting to be taken." I have one more fencerow I want to share, but since this post is rather lengthy, I'll leave it for next time.  I hope you will join me.


3 comments:

Stacey said...

So beautiful! I'd love to ride down the road with you one day but we'd probably be in trouble. I'm always so busy looking around that my driving lacks a little. :)

We are covered up with bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds now. I think I'm seeing migrating birds too.

racheld said...

Girl, you can aim that lens at a fencepost, and it comes out Michelangelo and Monet. Chris walked up behind me, and we just drank it all in.

They're all so familiar and so reminiscent of all things outdoors to us, but you KNOW that railroad one is MINE. I may just have to have a print of that to hang, just for old times' sake.

And that's a Best of Show photo---just perfection.

I could step right up onto one of those rails, and my old pink house-clogs would magically become scuffed little Buster Browns, taking my feet surely and bravely right off into the distance, never touching the ties.

Thank you, always.

rachel

racheld said...

And that misty door in the distance---that must be a door to Heaven.