Skywatch Friday – Gulf of Mexico Seascape

Orange Beach Sky

A shot from our trip to Orange Beach, Alabama earlier this summer for vacation. I love hanging out at the beach. What you see changes every second.


A full moon from earlier this week. I’m told it was the Thunder Moon or the Buck Moon. I captured not too long after moonrise so it had some color to it.


From our trip to Bentonville, Arkansas recently. They have a charming town square. I noticed this confederate monument in the middle of the park. As far as I know there is nobody clamoring to have it removed. It is interesting to me that Oklahoma and Arkansas are right next to each other and you won’t see sights like this in Oklahoma. Arkansas was a state long before Oklahoma ┬áis the reason I am guessing. Just as an aside, Stand Waite was a Cherokee from what was then “Indian Territory” who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate Army and was quite successful fighting Union troops and was responsible for keeping them out of Oklahoma and east Texas during the Civil War. He was the last confederate general to surrender which he did in Doaksville, in what is now Oklahoma on June 29, 1865. I stumbled across the ghost town of Doaksville years ago and wrote this blog post about it.

Well, I got off on a tangent. Sorry about that.

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15 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday – Gulf of Mexico Seascape

  1. Eileen

    Hello, love the beautiful beach scene and the gorgeous moon. I missed the full moon it was cloudy here. Lovely photos. Happy Friday, have a great day and weekend!

  2. Driller's Place

    Love that seascape photo.
    Yep, Arkansas became a state in 1836 and was a part of the Confederacy. You can visit historic battlegrounds in the area that include Pea Ridge and Prairie Grove. While no one has pitched a fit about the monument in the square, one of the area high schools had to change their mascot and their logo recently. They were the Rebels and the Confederate flag was their logo.

  3. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    never heard of Stand Waite — that is a very interesting footnote to history. My goodness. I don’t believe Civil War monuments belong in parks and open spaces that should feel comfortable to every member of our communties, but do believe they belong in historical museums. We can remember sad chapters in our history without honoring it. (in Florida, we live in Lee County and there is a huge picture of REL outside of the courtrooms in the County Courthouse. i don’t think the name of the county should b e changed but I think the picture is wrong.

    your beach scene is beautiful; I feel just the same about the ocean. And the moonshot is spectacular. Thank you for hosting.

  4. Peter B.

    Great photos! Excellent beach shit with a dramatic sky. Love the full moon shot. So interesting about the confederate statue. I know that’s a very controversial topic!!

  5. Linja

    Wonderfully sharp seascape! I got a picture of the buck moon too. I have no problem with monuments that refer to an actual event or a person from that town. I don’t like “fake history” ones though, and these are found throughout the south and border states. Lee’s statue doesn’t belong in Charlottesville, for instance, because he never fought there or even lived there! Thus it is just Lost Cause propaganda. However, it belongs in Lexington, where he lived and served as president of a college.

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