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Great Mississippi River balloon race

Posted in Thirsty Thursday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2011 by bayouphoto

Every year, in October, the city of Natchez, Ms. holds the Great Mississippi River balloon race.It starts Friday night with a balloon glow and a fireworks show. The only problem I saw was the crowds, lines and the parking. We found a spot a couple of blocks away and paid to get in. Next time I wouldn’t pay to get into the balloon glow as there are other balloons at various sites around the city and Vidalia. There is a small carnival held on the grounds for the children.

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When we arrived some of the balloons had already taken flight.

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We left before dark because the schedule said the fireworks would start at 7 PM. I asked a security guard where they would actually shoot the fireworks and he said “From a barge, in the river, just north of the bridge. We headed for an old parking lot just north of the fair grounds. There is a fence, sidewalk and overlook of the river.

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I took the shots while waiting. What we didn’t know was they had to wait for a 30 minute window in the river barge traffic. That meant it was almost 9 PM when the fireworks started.

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It really was a good show they put on.

The next day we were going for the “Key grab” balloon flight. They put a key, to a new GMC truck, on top of the rock climbing tower and if a balloon pilot could grab it they won the truck. We went to the Vidalia side to have the sun behind us and sit on the River Walk. The balloons have to have a 5MPH or less wind to take off so it was after 5 PM when they did.

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We had a good time and saw some very colorful balloons.

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Great photo opportunity

Posted in Camping, General with tags , , , , , , , on September 26, 2011 by bayouphoto

If you are in the area around Natchez Oct. 14-16 then don’t miss this great opportunity.

Great Mississippi River balloon race

and a great place to camp just 10 miles away Natchez state park

I hope to see you there.

Best place to shoot the flights are

Morning: Launch site or if you prefer in flight  would be the Natchez national cemetary ( This would afford views with the river and bridge)

Afternoon would be the launch site and the River walk on the Vidalia, La. side. This would put the sun behind you each flight.

The Friday night fireworks would be great from the Vidalia river walk with the reflections in the river and the bridge included( If you go south of the bridge and shoot north)

Gone

Posted in Camping, Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by bayouphoto

I will be gone camping for the next 3 days without internet. I will be at Natchez state park just 10 miles north of Natchez, Ms. Since I will be close to Windsor ruins, and the ghost town of Rodney I hope to get some sunrise/sunset photos. This is hard to do when you have to drive over. If time permits I may explore, Port Gibson and Grand Gulf. I will be back Friday and will post my Thursday tutorial then. Till then have a great week and see you Friday.

Photo of the week: I see fields of green and skies of blue

Posted in photo of the week with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2011 by bayouphoto

I took this photo behind the Mount Locust Inn on the Natchez Trace. It is my favorite of the day. I spent an entire day exploring the trace between Natchez and Port Gibson and made it a point to shoot only with the Canon G2

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A little trip

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by bayouphoto

Yesterday I took Beth to Natchez, Ms. We were going to get her handicapped access pass for the National Park service. Since the Natchez National historic park is the closest National park service office and we hadn’t been there the trip was planned. We needed the pass for our upcoming trip. It provides reduced price camping in National forests and free access to National parks.

While we were there we purchased a National Park service Passport and obtained our first two cancellation stamps. Read more about the Passport program here. All proceeds benefit the park service. You can obtain the stamps at all national parks and monuments and most of the historic sites.

Melrose was undergoing a face lift so we didn’t get many photos of the house itself, however the grounds are beautiful. Facing the Mississippi river from high atop a bluff. The cypress and oak trees are gorgeous.

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I had to maneuver around to not include the construction.

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The we left and went to the national cemetery where we could look upon the Mississippi river bridge from the overlook.

I took 4 shots and stitched them with PTGUi

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If you get the chance please spend a day in Natchez it is a wonderful old historic city,

Photo Friday: Rossdown Plantation

Posted in Photo Friday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2010 by bayouphoto

Located just east of Hwy 61 and Lorman Ms, on Hwy 552 is Rossdown Plantation B&BBuilt in 1859 it is a magnificent example of antebellum architecture. Beth and I did not have a tour but you can drive all the way around the loop to view the house 360 degrees and the grounds. For more information go HERE

Located between Natchez and Port Gibson, Ms there are many area attractions. For food nothing can beat the old country store. The Windsor ruins, Natchez, Ms. The Natchez trace, Port Gibson and military battlefield parks at Grand Gulf and Vicksburg

Windsor ruins

Posted in Photo Friday, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by bayouphoto

This is another great adventure and quite close to the town of Rodney and the Natchez trace. Located not far north of Natchez is the Windsor ruins

If you are looking for it be sure to take the road slow as there is not much of a sign and quite easy to miss.

if coming from the south you turn right just before entering Alcorn University and it will be on the right.

There really is not a lot left to see but it is another small piece of the puzzle that was the antebellum south.