Monday, March 14, 2011

Moon Shadows

Most of our readers have had the pleasure of strolling down Howard Street. The ancient live oaks, century old homes, and family graveyards that line the unpaved lane provide a glimpse of island life in days gone by.

(Photo by Brittany Howard)

I often walk down Howard Street after nightfall. About a week ago it was so dark that I could barely see where I was going. More than once I walked into the bushes alongside the road...but I was able to stay out of the graveyards!

With a waxing moon, as we have right now, a nighttime walk on Howard Street becomes surreal. The soft, diffuse moonlight filters through the tree branches, while shadows from the live oaks dapple the sandy lane and the cemetery fences. Just one more simple pleasure for us who live on Howard Street. Try it yourself; just keep an eye out for ghosts!

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  1. bill kostar7:42 AM

    Given your history with him, it was lucky you didn't run into Uncle Evans!

  2. debbie s.4:48 PM

    one of the things i love to do when were there is wander around aimlessly at night.

    heck, i wander around aimlessly during the day, too... lol