Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sunrise / Sunset

This past weekend Mrs. Muse and I joined our friends and bandmates for several performances at the "Spring Fling", held at the Pioneer Settlement in Barberville, Florida. Barberville is a tiny town at the crossroads of US routes 40 and 17, about 20 miles west of Ormond Beach. The Pioneer Settlement is organized around the old Barberville School that graduated its last high school seniors in 1940, and operated


as an elementary school until the 1960s. We had an enjoyable weekend playing and listening to Florida Folk Music and renewing old friendships -- though lugging our instruments around in the 85 degree heat became a chore after awhile. In the spirit of the Pioneer Settlement, the stages at this event were totally acoustic. No electronic sound reinforcement other than the occasional battery-powered bass guitar amplifier. This is my favorite way to perform for small audiences of 20 to 100 people.

Most of the members of the Ashley Gang spent the weekend on the banks of the St. Johns River at Parramore's Fish Camp, near Astor Florida. Friday night found me down at the river shooting the sunset (looks almost African, doesn't it?) and Saturday morning found me up before the sun to catch the first light of day on the water -- complimented by a light mist on the surface as the nighttime coolness started to give way to the morning sun. Just another near-perfect Florida spring weekend...


3 comments:

I am a lover of children's literature said...

Yes, indeedy, the first shot does look much like an African sky. Both are kool shots, but the first is especially so for me.

Tim said...

Wow, that sounds like a great weekend. I love the sunset shot, and yes it does almost look African, but I'll take the St. Johns over the Serengeti any day. ;-)

Hootin' Anni said...

First of all, you could NOT have titled this entry more perfectly.

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos!!!