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An evening at the Mississippi Museum of Art

The Mississippi Museum of Art is a wonderful place filled with many beautiful sculptures, paintings, and other works of art. During some months of the year there are special exhibits from artists all over the world. These exhibits range from contemporary works of art to paintings from the Renaissance. Each month the museum holds an outdoor event. This month the museum featured a band and a movie.

Jess and I packed our chairs with a snack and headed to the museum. The Mississippi Museum of Art has a large outdoor space filled with a grass lawn, patio area, and gardens. After picking a spot to watch the people and movie, I headed to the gardens with my camera.

The gardens are filled with paths separated by a large concrete entrance area. I headed to the garden section that has areas dedicated to the memory of loved ones of museum sponsors. This garden is filled with various colors of flowers and some grasses. It is a well-kept area and filled with visitors.

white flowers at ms art museum april 20

My favorite flowers in the memorial area are the foxgloves. The beauty of the colors in the flowers stands out among the green grass. I take several photos of the foxgloves on the path. These flowers stand in their full colorful glory.

foxgloves ms museum of art april 23

The next garden section is across the concrete area that is very well planned and groomed. There is a sculpture that welcomes visitors through this part of the garden. It has vibrant colors that shine in the afternoon sun. The path going through this garden has flowers and trees on each side. The various plants are a feast for the eyes and the fragrance from the flowers pleasant to the nose.

sculpture ms art museum april 23

I stop and take pictures of several flowers. There are some beautiful white flowers on a hedge along the back fence. These flowers are surrounded by trees and are across from a bed of tall green plants. There are other people with cameras taking pictures along the path. One is a young couple having engagement pictures taken by a photographer. The scene through the path is serene and tranquil.

It is time to return to our spot on the grass to snack and watch the people. There is an eclectic group of people in the crowd. Many of them have stopped at the food truck parked on the street. The smell of food from this truck is enticing and it is hard not to walk over to try some tasty treats.

The museum has a restaurant and a patio with tables for outdoor dining. This area is full with waiters bringing a variety of dishes to the tables. Most of the people in this section are dressed formally and have come directly from their jobs. All is calm and relaxing as the people dine listening to the band.

The museum has a small water feature with water spurting into the flat area like small geysers. There are several children playing in the water having an exciting time. It is fun to see their smiles. The museum encourages people to bring their families to this event.

water feature ms museum of art april 23

This month the band is playing contemporary music and the crowd is filled with young people. There are a variety of fashion styles in the crowd. Many of the people have dyed their hair to match the outfits they are wearing. Others have come wearing the costumes from the movie to be played. I admire the diversity in the crowd and how well they interact with each other.

There are many dogs in the audience as well.  They are content to walk and observe the crowds. The dogs sit with their owners during the movie and are extremely quiet.

After the sun has set it is time for the movie to begin. The movie is one of the most recent from the Star Wars series. Several members of the audience remark how the outdoor theater is a better place to watch the movie. This is a popular fairly new release that is free at this event. The audience is in love with the characters and visual effects of the film.  It is a good movie much like the old ones from the seventies and early eighties.

The movie has ended and it is time to return home. As Jess and I pack our things and move toward the truck I admire how a group of diverse people can enjoy dinner and a movie together. It has been a wonderful evening filled with conversions, food, a movie and flowers.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

 

 

 

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Reflections for Earth Day

Immortality is an idea that most people contemplate in a lifetime. This idea is expressed in religion, culture, and nature. This is an exploration of immortality in nature.

The forest is an interesting ecosystem in the life it supports. There are birds and insects that have abundant lives on the food and water provided by nature. The trees and various plants thrive on the soil which provides nutrients. There is a continuance of the life cycle throughout this symbiotic relationship.

petrified forest water path 2 april 14

The trees have found an interesting way to immortality. Petrified wood is trees which have been transformed into stone through a process called permineralization. Using the ingredients essential for life the ecosystem is the way to immortality. Once transformed the tree is preserved for eternity.

In the mist of the living is the immortality of the preserved. Throughout the continuance of life these petrified trees witness the renewal of the forest. Every season brings rains, snow, scorching heat, and other changes in the earth that change the ecosystem. Yet the petrified trees remain the same.

The process of permineralization is a slow one which takes millions of years. During this time the journey of life continues and the forest changes. Through the years if the forest is allowed to progress naturally then the petrified tree will observe the changes from its original home. If the forest is destroyed by fire or other means, then the petrified tree is alone or moved from the ecosystem.

petrified wood april 14

What does this say about immortality in nature? Is life in stone renewal or is it just another journey into death? The answers to these questions lie in every person’s definition of life. I believe that life and death are a journey that must continue. Nature continues to change in life and every death contributes to renewal.

When the tree becomes stone it stagnates and does not participate in the renewal of life. Watching from a stone does not lead it to continue the journey that nature encourages. Therefore, true immortality cannot be achieved through permineralization. There is a loss of meaning and true death. There is no life for the tree beyond this stone state.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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Piper at Reservoir Overlook

The Natchez Trace is filled with interesting scenery. The parkway is filled with mounds, a swamp, trees, and a large diversity of wildlife.  Recently Jess and I visited the Reservoir Overlook on the Natchez Trace. The overlook is close to the suburbs and is visited frequently by people wanting to take part in nature. The Reservoir Overlook is composed of a big field with some shade trees with a nice view of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

fallen limb in reservoir outlook march 31

As we were walking to the edge of the water a blue heron landed and began standing in the water. Blue herons are beautiful and there are many of them in this part of Mississippi. The birds have an abundant food supply with the fish in the reservoir and few predators. The grandiose presence of this bird makes one admire how wonderful life is. The head of the blue heron reminds me of an aristocrat wearing his dress hat. He is dignified admiring his territory.

blue heron at reservoir overlook natchez trace

 

The blue water is inviting and peaceful to look at and experience. I think about how that majestic heron has the freedom and ability to fly without worry. For the most part the life of the blue heron is calm and peaceful. Since there are few predators he has the ability to choose where to spends his time. The reservoir is a large body of water fed by the Pearl River creating many small islands and inlets. As the blue heron flies away when we approach, I am grateful for the blessing of being able to photograph and observe all the beautiful blessings of life.

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As we walk in the field there is a large tree that stands alone. It is a beautiful tree that guards a portion of the field. The shade from the tree provides a perfect area for a picnic and to lie under on a blanket to contemplate the meaning of life. Jess and I wonder how long the tree has been here and how much of life changes it has seen. This area is protected but the areas in close proximity to it have seen many changes as the suburbs grow. big tree reservoir overlook natchez trace

As we end our day at the Reservoir Overlook there are more people arriving to enjoy the late afternoon and the sunset. This is a wonderful place to visit and experience peace and serenity. Jess and I hope that you enjoyed this overview and can come to visit Reservoir Overlook on the Natchez Trace.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

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Piper at Mississippi Petrified Forest

The Mississippi Petrified Forest is a wonderful and mysterious place. The old and new worlds collide and form a beautiful union. There is a serenity and tranquility that envelope the forest as you explore the living ecosystem and the remnants from the past. There are the sounds of birds and insects singing along the live trees and petrified wood.

Petrified wood is abundant in the forest and is quite colorful. The orange and greens blend in the wood and are in patterns that look like an artist’s painting. The petrified wood also appears to have faces, shapes, and  personality. Each piece of petrified wood silently tells its story.

Jess and I enjoyed a wonderful day at this enchanting forest having a picnic and exploring the surrounding path through the forest. We hope that you will visit this mystic forest and experience all of its wonder.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

 

 

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Piper’s Easter Reflections

Easter in Mississippi is a wonderful time. Like many places in the south it is filled with crosses, Easter eggs, and spring flowers in the garden. Sunrise services dominate Easter morning as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Renewal and redemption fill our hearts as we sing hymns old and new. All of the people are excited to announce that “He is risen! ” After the sun rises above the horizon we return to our homes for a day of Easter egg hunts, food, and family. The lunch at our home will often consist of ham, potatoes, green beans, casseroles, and delectable desserts. Our families will visit as the children search for hidden treasures and the adults try to remember where the prize egg is hidden. Many old Easter eggs will be found in gardens long after the holiday has ended. As this Easter approaches we hope that you will join us in this celebration of hope, faith, and family.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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Piper’s Rites of Spring

Spring in Mississippi is a wonderful site and experience.  There are festivals, Easter egg hunts, and flowers. Our exploration of spring began with an art festival that featured artists using mediums of paint, clay, and wood. These works of art were beautiful and diverse in expression. My favorite was a clay figure of a man behind a counter that was realistic and many wondered why he would not give them customer service. Scattered among the booths was music by local solo singers and family bands. After the festival we continued our  pilgrimage with a tour of spring flowers. Rose gardens are popular and can be seen in landscapes that are wild and cultured. The red roses pictured above opened to welcome spring and shine in the abundant sunshine. Following the roses are the abundance of Mississippi wildflowers scattered along the highways. Many years ago Mississippi began a wildflower program to improve the landscape across our many miles of highways. Finally our journey ended at home looking at the vibrant blooms of our plum trees, pear trees, and peach trees. Life is beautiful and we hope that your spring is as wonderful and colorful as life in Mississippi.

copyright 2017 Debbie Pierce

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Piper at home

Home. Just the sound of the word makes me peaceful and happy. As a native Mississippian I often think of the beauty of this state. Our seasons can be months long or all played out in a day. This blog is about how my husband Jess and I journey through life in Mississippi. We want to take you with us as we explore all that is wonderful on this journey. So please join us and experience the excitement that is Piper’s adventure.