On a recent trip to Amory, Mississippi, I wandered around the town as it prepared for its annual Railroad Festival. While there were lots of interesting street images to be captured - including the roustabouts putting the ferris wheel together, I decided to save a frame for the Tombigbee River just west of the town.
I pulled off the highway and drove down to the bridge pilings and looked for a good vantage point. I've taken photos in similar locations and was on the lookout for slippery mud banks and water moccasin snakes. The trouble with shooting southern rivers from the banks is that it's hard to get a decent view without ending up in the river (which I didn't want to do).
I didn't find the shot I was looking for until I had walked some distance up along the river and came to a bend where I saw this view - framed by late spring vegetation in early afternoon light. It was the last frame on the 36 exposure roll and I knew it would be a keeper.
This also happened to be the first roll of film I developed myself in more than 40 years. To say I was nervous understates things considerably. The magic of seeing that image appear when I pulled the film from the Paterson tank was just as compelling as I remembered it from all those years ago.