The Tree Spirits of St. Simon’s Island

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 14:10 | Category : Other Stuff, Photography, Southern Stuff
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St. Simon’s Island is one of those lesser-known gems of the southeast United States. It sits about an hour north of Jacksonville, beside Brunswick, Georgia. It’s a beautiful little island community that has somehow escaped the overbuilding and commercialism that has afflicted places like Gulf Shores, Alabama. It has a nice white beach, although much of it gets submerged during high tide, and hundreds of live oaks that cover the island. And on some of these live oaks, you can find faces carved into knots on the trunk. Local sculptor Keith Jennings is the responsible party, carving his first spirit in 1982 when, as he says, he had “too much time and too little money”. This was his first spirit:

It doesn’t look like anything now, because the tree has, as Jennings puts it, “reclaimed” the spirit. This and his second spirit were in the yard of the house where he lived then. Here’s the second spirit, now being reclaimed by the tree:


Fun With Paintshop

Sunday, 14 November 2010, 23:06 | Category : Mississippi, Photography
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While I was waiting for a process to finish this afternoon on a test upgrade I was running, I went to a 6th-floor balcony of our office building and took a couple of shots of Mississippi’s Old Capitol dome. Here’s one of the pictures I took:

Old Capitol dome

Then I started playing with Paintshop Pro, and after several other trials, I found this rendition using the colored foil enhancement:

Old Capitol dome

I rather like it, if I say so myself.

Sunset On The Gulf

Tuesday, 3 November 2009, 21:52 | Category : Mississippi, Photography, Walks
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I’ve been on the Mississippi coast last week and again this week for training.  This evening as the sun was setting I decided to walk along the beach, taking my camera along.  This was my first shot:

(Click on the pictures to see the original size)

Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico

Then I noticed a lone pelican skimming the water. I wasn’t sure if there was enough light to get anything, but I tried anyway, and I’m pleased with the result:

Pelican at sunset

And finally, as the light faded even more, I took this last picture, looking west over the port facilities at Gulfport:

Sunset, Gulfport, MS

I had tried to avoid getting the port structures in other pictures, but I think I really like the silhouettes against the red sky. Then I took pelican picture and played with it in Paintshop Pro…