It feels good to be back here. I haven’t had even a minute to work on my mosaic art, but was able to squeeze in a little photo time while hosting some company this past weekend. (Thanks, JFK, as in King not Kennedy).
My friend wanted to tour a nearby lighthouse, so we took advantage of a beautiful day and checked it out. These photos were all taken with my Iphone 4S and then edited on my phone with an app called Snapseed. The app has quite a few pre-programmed bells and whistles, and you can adjust other photo elements, but many times I simply use the "automatic" button to let it fine tune the coloring just a bit.
We climbed the beautiful iron spiral staircase with its 177 steps in our bare feet since flip flops were not allowed. This presented us with somewhat of a “yuck” factor, but there were probably just as many germs lurking for us on the handrails which we had clenched in a tight death grip. I really was fine, but my friend has vertigo and a fear of heights, and she bravely made the fifteen story trek anyway.
The lighthouse had several windows from which to view Pensacola Pass. I snapped a few shots on my way up, and then took in the fantastic view of the Gulf from the widow’s walk.
This excursion reminded me that I need to explore and take advantage of the area even when I'm not playing tour guide. As a local, I do enjoy the bike trails and the waterways, but tend to ignore some of the other tourist attractions, though I now vow that complacency within my surroundings is one "trap" I will still try to avoid.
The Deep South all too often gets a bum rap, with a reputation as tarnished as a salty old sailor's. I think we should choose to look for the good-that seed of the positive. Pecan groves, cotton fields, cypress bayous, and picket fences are all waiting to be discovered.
You can't beat Southern hospitality served up under a canopy of mossy live oaks. Thank you, I'll skip the salt and take my sugar in these famous white sands, freshly brewed tea, and the sugar-coated accents of my born and bred neighbors.
No matter where you call home, get out and live a little, and explore-- a lot.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day.