Sunday, January 8, 2012

Crusin’

January 7, 2012

Mississippi often gets a warm spell in January. I’ve always loved these brief interludes of perfect weather. We have been enjoying one of these interludes for a few days now. Today, I think it got into the 70’s. The sun was shining, so my dad, my brother and I went out on the Natchez Trace Parkway (a scenic road) to soak in the beautiful weather.

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The Natchez Trace Parkway runs along the Ross Barnett Reservoir for a while. We live somewhere on the far side of the Reservoir (I think…I’m not so good with directions).

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On up the parkway, there is the Cypress Swamp, which can take on a very mysterious and creepy air. As we were walking along the trail today, we heard a clap of thunder as a storm began to roll in. That definitely added to the general atmosphere.

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The mysterious Cypress Swamp trees.

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We went a little more, and came to a place I used to often visit with my good friend. We spent a lot of time at this spot studying, or reading, or just relaxing. While there, the storm cloud really started to gather.

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On the way back, we experienced a heavy downpour. But it didn’t last too long.

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And then everything cleared up beautifully and we saw a rainbow over the water.

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This was my favorite tree for a long time. If you look closely, you can see the rainbow making a brief special appearance.

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Doesn’t look like January, does it?

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Tonight, we all got to see some beautiful colors down by the water near our house. We couldn’t really see the sunset itself, but we could see the effects of the sunset.

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All in all, it was a beautiful Mississippi January day!

2 comments:

Becky said...

Looks lovely! So jealous that you had warmth over your winter break. Luckily, most of the time I only needed one layer instead of 3 to be warm :)

Sharon said...

What a delightful picture diary of your day! The warmth continues with 74 degrees yesterday and 64 degrees when we awoke this morning!