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Of all the places I could live, I’d still pick Mississippi. There’s warmth in the hearts of her people found nowhere else. Her soil yields crops which provide for the world. Manners are still valued. Churches are still full. My momma and daddy dwell in her Delta. Porch swings swing and fireflies fly. Yellow planes dust crops and thrill the travelers. Her river is mighty and proud; her cotton, white with purpose. And when it’s cotton pickin’ time, that’s my cue to grab the camera and make a trip through the Delta! Miles before I ever reach my hometown of Greenville, my heart is at home as soon as I see those countless rows of boles!! So for all my Delta friends who won’t be passing through this time of year, these images are for you… because I know you’d still pick Mississippi, too.   

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Like they say, “There’s no place like home!” No truer words have ever been spoken. Mississippi will always be mine.

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Beautiful days call for a road trip with a camera.  And just look what I found!  Lily pads.  Everywhere.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in one body of water before today.  And I was able to get up close to a lot of them.  They were so pretty floating in the water and bobbing up and down with the waves as boats cruised past.


I was amazed at all the differing colors of green.  I don’t know much about lily pads, but I’m assuming that was due to differing stages of life of the lily pads.


It was a very windy day and the edges of the lily pads would get flipped up frequently.  It almost looked as if they were waving at us.


As I was taking this photo, a wave tossed a puddle of water onto this lily pad.


The flowers are the softest shades of white, cream, yellow and green.  Being from the South, they remind me of little magnolias.  I wonder what they smell like?  Lily pads are so pretty and fascinating, I wonder if their flowers have an equally delightful smell?  Maybe next time I’ll get close enough to find that answer!


I took this shot just because I thought it would make for a pretty image.  I like the way it turned out.


And red-winged black birds were everywhere.  Well, that’s what I call them!!  Not sure the exact name.  But they are black birds with patches of red on their wings.  What I learned about them is that they are very fussy.  They were so noisy!  They did not like us at the water’s edge, so they flew above us just a fussin’ at us.  Finally this one landed and I could take his picture.  I love the way the lily pads off in the distance look in this photo – like little green and yellow polka dots.


Besides the color variations, I was also amazed at the sheer size of some of the lily pads!!


I love when I upload photos and then find a surprise in it that I didn’t know was there.  Do you see the surprise in this one?  There’s a dragon fly in there somewhere.  Not gonna tell where!


I’ve never seen a lily pad seed pod, but I’m assuming that’s what this is.  Anyone know?  It looks like it’s been all tied up with a bow.


I love the way the water puddles up and rolls around on the top of the lily pad, much like mercury would do!  I remember when I was a child that our thermometer accidentally fell on the floor and busted open.  Little puddles of mercury danced all over the floor.  It was great fun to watch and we could make one little puddle scoot over and join up with the next little puddle to form one bigger puddle!  Mom wasn’t too happy about the situation, but it really was great entertainment for me and my brother!


Another waving lily pad.  And look, their undersides are pretty, too!


If you didn’t find the dragonfly in the previous photo, perhaps you can find this one!  I love dragonflies and was tickled to discover this one just hanging out nearby, but it was a little too far off for my zoom lens.  Oh, well, I sat there and enjoyed that little beauty for a few minutes before calling it a day.


It is a blessed day, indeed, when I can enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and have fun taking pictures of it, too!  Now I need to go learn a little about lily pads so I can marvel at the  brilliant wisdom of the Creator God.  Next time you take a road trip, don’t forget to grab your camera!

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Biltmore Estates is currently hosting a “Tiffany” exhibit.  These Tiffany-inspired dragonfly planter stakes were in flower pots throughout the property.  I have a thing for dragonflies.  I have a big crush on these.  Wanted to buy one to bring home but they were sold out.  Right now, even the formal gardens give tribute to the genius Tiffany designs because they are planted to look like giant stained-glass dragonflies!


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My husband and I just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Asheville, North Carolina at the Biltmore.  There’s no way to take a bad photo on the grounds of Biltmore Estates!  This gorgeous scene is in the Italian Gardens on the property.  Breathtakingly stunning.  My photo cannot convey the real beauty of this pond.  Definitely go see for yourself.


The lily pads below were a most beautiful copper color.  And koi were playfully swimming all through them.


It’s hard to tell, but this koi must have been about 18 inches long!   His colors look a bit dull in that water, but when he came up for air he was the most gorgeous orange.


This was the most unusual lily pad I’ve ever seen . . . and I’m just assuming it is a lily pad!  They were huge.


The floating glass balls in this water-garden planter added a real vibrant punch of blue  color to the green and terra cotta shades.


If you ever get the opportunity to tour the Biltmore Estates, do . . . and take your camera.  You’ll find the Monet in yourself and come home with some really great photos of God’s creation.  I promise!

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This is too much fun . . . and addicting . . . and I can’t wait to make more!! This slideshow consists of photos taken during my recent girls’ weekend in New Orleans this June. It’s really fun to watch in full-screen mode. Just click on the little four-cornered box-like icon on the bottom right of the slideshow screen. (Click the same to reduce after viewing.) And if the music is a bit loud (it was on my computer) just click on the volume icon and reduce it to suit your taste. Enjoy this little taste of Nawlins, the Crescent City!

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