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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.

Blue Monday: Blue bikini

Posted in Blue Monday with tags , , , , , , on July 25, 2011 by bayouphoto

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Guadalupe river state park.

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2011 by bayouphoto

After the disaster in the Davy Crockett national forest we had to spend Saturday night at a nice marina on Lake Trinity.

We got up Sunday morning and drove on into the Guadalupe river state park. Nice park located between new Braunfels and Bandera, Tx. Since there hasn’t been any significant rain fall in 9 months there was a burn ban in effect and the river was very low. Every thing was dry and burned up.

I must say that the Tx state parks are rip offs compared to other states. Not only do they not recognize the Golden Access pass but the fees are outrageous.

The $20 per night for water and electric was not so bad. it was the $7 per day, per person entry fee that killed us. That made it $34 per night for the two of us to camp. If we had realized this before hand we would have stayed somewhere else. I imagined it would be like other parks that charged campers a 1 time entry fee not for every night. I guess every thing really is bigger in Tx.

Despite all that the park was nice and well kept. I didn’t get to visit the river but once due to ending up in the hospital Tuesday through Thursday. I did get to use the bird photography blind and the feeders one evening.

The Painted Bunting and this unidentified bird were shot at the bird bli

nd. Bring your own stool or chair if you use it. Located at the end of the river parking lot.

I shot this black capped Tufted Titmouse on a stump in our camp site. I put some bird seed on it and made a blind of a towel draped over a cedar limb.

These are photos of the river.Our camp site. The facilities were great and the sites were well secluded it was just the fees that I had a problem with.

Weekly Scenic Drive: River Road

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2010 by bayouphoto

When leaving Tellico Plains, Tn, on the Cherohala Skyway you travel along the south side of the Tellico river. Not far along the river crosses the road and continues south. The Cherohala continues eastward. if you would like to follow the river and see Bald River falls you must take the River road south. It follows the river to the falls and the campground. Gorgeous rural backroad with little traffic means ease of pull off to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

As always click the photo to see it largerOnce you cross the bridge, where Bald river joins the Tellico you will take the next left on North River road to go back out to NC 143 the Cherohala. It too follows beside the river with primitive campgrounds and picnic areas.We stopped for lunch and this is where I took my shoes and socks off and waded out for photos. YES!!!!!! it was cold.It is a wonderful drive and well worth the side trip.

Scenic drives: Hwy 64/74

Posted in Travel with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 3, 2010 by bayouphoto

each Wednesday I will feature a different scenic drive from my trip to eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. Today I feature Hwy64/74 that runs from Cleveland, Tn. to Ducktown, Tn. along the Ocoee river. The road is also called the Old Copper road as it was built to haul the ore from the copper mines.

When you first come out of Cleveland you will pass the dam that forms Parkville lake.

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The highway itself hugs the shoreline cut into the granite rock. very scenic with many pull offs.

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The Ocoee river is a highly regarded white water attraction and the weekends find many using it. Especially from the bridge to the old power plant.

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Farther on the river is gorgeous and you can see the old copper ore railway high above the river.

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October 17th was just a little early for the peak of color but still a gorgeous drive.

Roadtrip: Vicksburg

Posted in General, Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2010 by bayouphoto

Beth and I took a trip to Vicksburg, Saturday. We had a great time despite the rain. First stop early that morning was the little town of Delta, La. to visit all that remains of Grant’s canal. Breakfast was a whole wheat bagel with strawberry cream cheese.

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Breakfast

This is the monument to the workers on the canalAll that remains of the canalThen we went on to Vicksburg and stopped at Navy circle just above the visitor center on Washington st.

In all my years of visiting Vicksburg I had never caught a barge going under the bridge. I just wish it had been a better day. This is the closed old Hwy 80 bridgeHere is a cannon view of the bridge.We got caught in the rain when on the hill street section of Washington st. It still has brick paving.We went down under the hill and found a farmers market.I bought a cabbage from this vendor. A very nice lady that would not let me take her photo.There was every kind of vegetable you wanted.We stopped at the old courthouse and I saw this confederate ghost.At the park they had a cannon firing demo and a very well informed narrator.I didn’t take many park photos as the weather was horrid. I did take this one of the Yazoo river delta and the USS Cairo display below.I will have some more photos in HDR and even two panoramas later in another post.

Photo of the week: Michelle

Posted in photo of the week, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2010 by bayouphoto

Shot at the waterfall on the Bayou Macon.