Comment, Digital Image, Gulf of Mexico, isolation, Outdoors, Photojournalism, Seasons, Travel

Dreary Sign of the Times

Portable sign at the edge of a highway with notification that all beaches on the Gulf Coast are closed.Not a terribly scenic photo, but it is a sign of horrible economic times in south Alabama. All Gulf Coast beaches have been closed since March 27. Most businesses have closed and tourist rentals stand vacant. There were no spring breakers, no Snowbirds and the Hangout music festival has been cancelled. This portable sign sits at the edge of the Foley Beach Express about ten miles north of the Gulf of Mexico beaches at Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.

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Art, Digital Image, forest, isolation, Landscape, Nature, Outdoors, photography

The Chair, a broken fence and an ancient Oak

Photograph of a director's chair in front of a fence and an old oak tree.
…the fence blocks socialization, the tree doesn’t participate in any kind of conversation; I can only guess at its stories, its past, who visited before, the pain it must have felt when the fence was nailed to its side.

Isolation – it’s a bitch. In my next life, please, don’t let me be a tree.

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Winter Reprieve

Elderly folks sitting along the promenade next to the Gulf of Mexico beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA.

GULF SHORES, AL; March 6, 2020 – It was 68° F, there was no ice on the water, but it felt as if there could have been. Young folks were down at the edge of the shoreline, a few wading, some playing volleyball, many just lying in the sun, determined to get a tan before the end of their vacations. But elderly folks sheltered themselves from the northerly wind behind a public building, soaking up the sun’s warmth, glad for the reprieve of shoveling snow back home.

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Wading in the Fog

Fog on the beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama.Visitors wade in the Gulf of Mexico at Gulf Shores, Alabama this afternoon. The fog added a kind of mystery to the beach that brought out a few explorers, including a Great Blue Heron almost lost in the mist.

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October Light

Warm October light illuminating a fence, trees and a small utility trailer.

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Light in October is different than in June or February. The trees, the fence, the little trailer; they all plead, beg…like me…to hold on to the warmth even after the sun goes down. There’s no need for begging in June – the warmth will hold on. In February, there’s just no point in begging. But in October, in the deep south, leaves are still mostly green, the light is warm in every sense, but after the sun drops below the horizon…

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Gulf Coast Beach in September

Family enjoying the Gulf of Mexico beach at Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA.

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We were here first. There’s plenty of room; do you have to sit so close? Or maybe the story is: Come! Join us we’ll all have a good time. But more likely it’s, “How’s the water, Mabel? What does George have in his hands?

I’ve often read that “great photos always tell a story.” But I don’t think a single photo can ever tell a complete story. Stories have a beginning, middle and end. A single photo can only capture a small fraction of the story. Without context, this is simply a photo of a group of people at a beach with a vast ocean of water in the background. Are they family? Friends? Recent acquaintances? Are they stranded on a desert island? What is the story?

 

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Summer Fades

Black & White photograph of the Foley fountain at the Centennial Park in downtown Foley, Alabama, USA.

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The quality of light is changing, the air smells a little bit like autumn. Hardwoods are still in full-leaf, but they’re getting ready for the changing season. It’s difficult to put a finger on precise changes, but they are coming. Nature’s aromas are different, the air feels different, the light isn’t quite so crisp.

 

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Civil War Canon Protects Mobile Bay

Civil War Canon aimed toward Mobile Bay, Alabama.

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Civil War canon at Fort Morgan, Alabama points toward Mobile Bay. The misty appearance is a result of condensation on the lens caused by taking the camera out of an air conditioned car into the very humid air of a tropical Alabama morning.

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Daylight Shades of Midnight

Dark photograph of a home surrounded by Live Oak trees draped in Spanish Moss.

Where long strands of Spanish Moss drape a Live Oak forest in the deep south. It’s where water moccasins and alligators target prey, and generations upon generations of Cajun families raised their children and taught them to capture delicious seafood in nearby shallow bays and inlets.

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Fish River

U.S. 98 bridge at the mouth of the Fish River just before it empties into Weeks Bay near Marion Springs, Alabama.A foggy afternoon with the camera pointed downstream on the Fish River from the pier at the National Estuarine Research Reserve Pitcher Plant Bog. Just beyond the bridge, fresh water from the river flows into the brackish Mobile Bay before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico.

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