Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fly Away Home

It's not uncommon to see dragonflies skim across the top of our pool in the summer. However, it IS uncommon to see a dragonfly on steroids the size of a BIRD attempt to skim the top of our pool. Yep. Didn't go so well for him.

I heard the kerplunk, looked over and saw the wake ripples in the water, and just KNEW something was in trouble over there. Imagine my surprise when I found this guy floating around! It was pitiful to see him struggling so hard to fly out of the pool, so I grabbed the net and rescued him. After gently setting him down, I ran to get my camera and prayed that he wouldn't fly away before I could get a few photos!

He cooperated. I only wish I had put a ruler beside him so you could get a better idea of how FREAKISHLY LARGE he was! The big guy eventually flew away home.

I hope he comes back to visit once in a while:)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cotton's High

Last Saturday, I was on my way to help cater a wedding when I came across an absolute sea of cotton. (For those of you who are familiar with King & Queen County, these shots were taken down Chain Ferry Road.) As I drove down the narrow road with no centerline, I was overcome with the beauty of those cotton fields. Only a panoramic camera would be capable of capturing the vastness. While my photos don't do it justice, I hope you will enjoy a little glimpse of greatness!

And now I will leave you with a little tune to hum. It's one of my favorites from Porgy and Bess.


And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky

But till that morning
There a'nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

Monday, September 13, 2010

Road Trip - Savannah

The last stop on the Griswold Family Vacation trip was Savannah, Georgia. What a beautiful city! We spent what little time we had there in a wine shop chatting with the owner admiring the charm and beauty around us.
From the waterfront...

To the City Market...

To downtown...

We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere...

The exercise...

And the laughter...

We also enjoyed the Dominos pizza we had delivered the first night.
Just keeping it real!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Road Trip - New Orleans

N'awlins was the next stop on our little 3,400 mile road trip. There's magic in the air, I tell ya! Or, perhaps, it's voodoo?! Little shops and museums like this were tucked all over the French Quarter.

The trolley gave us a much needed break from two days of walking, and it was a lot of fun! AND it only cost a buck twenty five...BONUS!!

Hitching posts lined the sidewalks, but I never saw a horse tied to one. A couple of drunks, maybe, but never a horse!

Bourbon Street was fun. For about two hours. After that, I was more than ready to explore the less populated areas!

This terrace was too beautiful to leave unphotographed...

It looked as if these folks were expecting to see many, many breasts later that evening. I picked beads up off of the ground and didn't have to show a thing. I'm sure the revelers on the balcony were as pleased as I was about THAT!

We saw the Saints' number one fan!

And signs, signs, everywhere there were signs...

I cannot wait to return to this fabulous city! Their stories are sad, and many, but their hearts are open and their food is over the top!
Boudin, anyone?