This cypress swamp is often referred to as a peaceful place by the locals. I often drive this winding road to work on mornings when I am not in such a hurry to start my day. It’s just so beautiful to see the Ibis and Great Heron perched near the cypress knees waiting on breakfast.
This year I planned to celebrate my birthday with a sunrise show. Just me and the Great Heron there to welcome in the start of my new year. I was born at 6:30 a.m. so sunrise just seems to work for me.
Then I heard the news. A body pulled from Lake Martin The murder of a young man. Such a sad thing to have happen in this peaceful swamp. I was shocked. Then fear took over and I wondered if I would ever be able to travel out there for my sunrise mornings again.
I thought about it and I just couldn’t let this horrible event change me. I just couldn’t let this moment in time change my view of the lake. So I headed out to Lake Martin to welcome in a peaceful sunrise and with a quiet prayer for healing, I celebrated my 60th year in this beautiful place.
Friday, June 10, 2011
My recent trip to Navarre Beach was just what I needed. Beautiful water, a peaceful breeze, and a much needed rest for a few days. Every morning I would wake up early to sit and drink coffee on the balcony and welcome in the sunrise. As I sat and waited on the sun I noticed fishermen walking down the pier to find their special spot and later as the evening sun began to set I watched as quite a few of them pulled their wagons back to unload their catch of the day. Through my camera lens I noticed many of the fish were too big to fit in the wagons. The extended tails looked almost like shark fins. I wasn't really sure but they looked kind of large for those fishing poles. I bet the stories told around the pier bar were good ones. As the sun set we went down to the pier and listened to the live band playing a mix of blues and southern rock. It was a good day.