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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunset at Fontainebleau State Park (Updated)

For our anniversary yesterday we went to Fontainebleau State Park at sunset. This past May the entire park had finally reopened on completion of a massive restoration effort after Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately the park was closed again by damage done by Hurricane Gustav. Although they're still working on repairs, they opened for business again just this weekend.

A great blue heron.

A blue crab.

Hard to see in these photos, but the farther the sun sank toward the horizon, the more we were inundated by dragonflies. By the time we left there were hundreds of them all over the marsh.

On the other side of the sky, the moon rose. In the enlarged version (click to see,) the dark spots & streaks close to the horizon are some of the dragonflies.

Afterwards we went out for a delicious, Italian dinner (& our waiter treated us to an enormous slab of chocolate cake, gratis.) It was early to bed so we could get up before dawn for another hike...Stay tuned! (Update, Oct. 31, 2008; This photo was featured on the front page of the St. Tammany News.)

See other My Town Monday posts at Travis Erwin's blog.
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39 comments:

Tabib said...

Beautiful sunset pic,
and yes I can see those blurr black spots.

The Witch Doctor said...

Happy Birthday Lana :)

Sorry you left FB, but I can understand why, a lot are.

I hope you have a great day today :)

Lana Gramlich said...

tabib; Thank you. We were surprised none of the dragonflies bumped into us, considering how many there were!

witch doctor; Thanks! All my days are good ones lately, I have to say. :)
To be honest, I'd deactivated my FB account over a year ago. Only reactivated it at the urging of others, who still don't bother keeping touch, anyway. FB just makes me repost things that are already on my blog, with the added benefit of dealing with ads & app BS, so I'm done with it. Ironically, you're one of the very first people who've actually noticed!

Irtiza said...

hi, i enjoyed the pics. the sunset pics are very beautiful. keep up the good work.

Miladysa said...

Gorgeous photographs Lana!!

"Moon Over Marsh" That sounds like a book title :D

We call dragonflies 'fairy horses'.

Punam said...

Lana! Such beautiful pics of the sunset, the moon, and again the sum! Very very beautiful.. lovelier than all those webshots!

Ello said...

Hey Lana! I hope you had a lovely anniversary! You and Charles look so cute together!

I am out and about - but don't tell my agent as I am procrastinating right now, but I missed all my blog friends and their lives! And what beautiful pictures you have up today as usual! I love the last 3 but I think the crab is my favorite! Especially cause I ate half a dozen of his larger cousins this weekend! he he!

Travis Erwin said...

Great shots as always. Hope you don't mind but I added this to the weekly My Town Monday list.

David Cranmer said...

I really enjoy Charles's site and followed Travis's MTM link to your page... I just want to say, wonderful photos! My wife and I have been admiring the Louisiana sunsets recently and I think you've captured the amazing colors of the evening sky very nicely.

Virtual Voyage said...

Congratulations and many happy returns to you both and hope you have a great few days. I started blogging just after you got married, and its been really nice getting to know you both. The pics are stunning as always!

ChrisEldin said...

Hi Lana,
I was going to wish you happy birthday, but I see your beautiful Anniversary pic as well!

Congratulations all around!!
:-)

Isn't Libra the sign of the artist?

laughingwolf said...

all lovely... happy birthday, too :D

Erik Donald France said...

Happy birthday, Lana, and happy anniversary, you two!

letspaintnature.com said...

Happy Birthday and Anniversary!!! WOW! What amazing pictures too. I love that little blue crab...he's so awesome!

Sara said...

Great pics. I haven't been there in years.

Lana Gramlich said...

irtizia; Thanks. :) We were just in the right place at the right time, you know?

miladysa; Fairy horses is so cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

punam; Thank you.

ello; Thanks. I had some crab just tonight, myself. ;)

travis e; Thanks for the kind words and the add! I was going to submit it, actually, we've just been busy. ;)

david; Thank you. We were blessed with great conditions.

julie; We're having a great time, thanks! I'm very glad to have "met" you here in cyberspace. :)

chris e; Thanks! Yes, I believe Libras are considered creative types.

laughingwolf, erik, christine & sara; Thanks! :)

Bird said...

Happy Anniversary! Wow, those are the most AMAZING sunset photos. And The swarms of dragonflies must have been so beautiful. What a lovely way to spend your anniversary.

Lana Gramlich said...

bird; Thank you. Yes, the dragonflies were really neat! There were also a few coots in the area, but too far for my camera.

Larry said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful sky scenery too.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, larry. :)

Steve Malley said...

Man, you guys get all naturey, *and* take the pictures to share it with the rest of us!

I get a bit up in the nature stuff, I'm usually too busy panting and puffing to work the camera...

Lana Gramlich said...

steve; I've been spoiled by my digital camera & I know there's no going back. Be careful, lest it get you toooooooooo! *LOL*

lyzzydee said...

Stunning photographs!!!

Lana Gramlich said...

lyzzydee; Thanks. :)

Aisha said...

You have really awesome sky shots! They're so beautiful!

Coloradolady said...

That last picture is breathtaking. I love the colors. Very nice. I enjoyed my visit to your blog today, have a great weekend.

Roses and Lilacs said...

That fiery sunset is spectacular. So dramatic and colorful.
Marnie

earthlingorgeous said...

hello blue crab! lovely sunset pics! and wow dragonflies! I haven't seen them in ages! awesome swf!

peppylady said...

I real like the purple sky's it so purple.

The coffee is on

Lana Gramlich said...

aisha; Thank you. I'm always highly conscious of sunset (it's a favorite photography subject of mine.)

coloradolady; Thanks. Glad you enjoyed your visit. You have a great weekend, too!

roses and lilacs; I was just lucky to be able to be in the right place at the right time.

earthlingorgeous; Thanks much. I appreciate it. :)

peppylady; Yes, it was really neat when I turned around & saw the moon & the sky like that.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi there Lana,
A beautiful set of pictures... I'd have liked to have seen the dragonflies.. we get the odd few in these parts but I have yet to get any really good shots of them..

It seems ages since I've been here to view your sky watch.. with the numbers being so high now the team as a set way of getting the links checked and posts visited.. it was grand your name came up on my list of numbers to visit... Hope you are well
Tom

Arija said...

Lana, Happpy Birthday!
This is such an enchanting post. Your photoos are great, your sunsets and moon riseare stunning, the crab is a dear delight and I hope lived to see another day and the sillhouette of the heron beautiful.

Lana Gramlich said...

old wom tigley; Thanks. Yes, life is good! Glad you were able to stop by. :)

arija; Thank you kindly. I don't feel right taking much credit, to be honest...We were just in the right place at the right time, really. :)

Louise said...

Wow! You've got some AMAZING photos here! Wonderful colors and clouds. Excellent captures!

Lana Gramlich said...

louise; Thank you. It's just nice to get out of the house again after a long, hot summer! :)

Jeannelle said...

Oh, these are all lovely! I especially like the final scene.....wonderful colors and shapes! Greetings from Iowa.

Lana Gramlich said...

jeannelle; Thank you. :)

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