More from last weekend…

I jetted throughout the Pine Belt last Saturday, shooting the preparations for this weekend’s EagleMan Triathlon, Barkfest, then the Mobile Street Renaissance Festival. No, it’s not the traditional kind of Renaissance festival, including turkey legs on a stick and medieval costumes, but people gather together on this particular street, spending time outdoors, walking, checking out vendors, eating delicious food and all-in-all enjoying themselves. (In fact, it kind of reminds me of the Cooper-Young Festival in Memphis…)

It was a weekend of fests (and I wasn’t able to attend one of them because I was so swamped!), and I loved it.

First, we have one of my favorite images from the Renaissance Festival.

Dana Milner paints a rainbow on 2-year-old Alexandria Dungy

Dana Milner paints a rainbow on 2-year-old Alexandria Dungy's cheek at the Enchanted Realms Facepainting booth Saturday afternoon during the Mobile Street Renaissance Festival. The event, held yearly on Mobile Street, features music, food, crafts and activities for children. (Photo by Erin Parker / The Hattiesburg American)

More images from the event can be found at the Hattiesburg American Web site here.

Another event I shot was the preparations for this upcoming weekend’s triathlon in Lamar County.

I used to be a sporty girl in high school, lettering in two varsity sports, but since I went to college, the sporty-ness went downhill. Unless you count my two season stint with the college newspaper’s basketball team… We won our first game in THREE YEARS the last game of my first season with them. Sad, but true… But there is something about these triathlons that piques my interest.

No, I’m not a runner. No, I haven’t swum in years. I haven’t picked up a bicycle in a long time, either.

But something about these events makes me want to be active. Something about these events makes me want to give it a go, even if I fall on my face. Some of the people I met last weekend setting up were trying to convince me to sign up for a triathlon, train for it and document it via a column in the newspaper every week or month.

While I don’t know if this will come to fruition, I made some nice images Saturday morning and look forward to spending tomorrow morning out on the course. If nothing else, it will be fun. And a learning experience.

Here is one of my favorite setting up images from last Saturday:

Chris Boyd, from Hattiesburg, places orange fencing on the ground to outline the bicycle area Saturday morning at the Heritage subdivision in Lamar County. Volunteers gathered to prepare the course for next weekend

Chris Boyd, from Hattiesburg, places orange fencing on the ground to outline the bicycle area Saturday morning at the Heritage subdivision in Lamar County. Volunteers gathered to prepare the course for next weekend's EagleMan Triathlon. (Photo by Erin Parker / The Hattiesburg American)

More images here.

Sunday, I photographed two church events: a groundbreaking at Parkway Heights UMC and First Baptist held the first service in its new sanctuary.

What did YOU do last weekend?

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  • October 10, 2009 - 9:29 am

    jason - Two great photos. I love the first one. Sounds like you had a busy weekend.ReplyCancel

  • October 10, 2009 - 10:25 am

    erin_parker - Thanks so much! It was definitely a busy weekend, and this one is proving just as busy.ReplyCancel

  • October 10, 2009 - 4:29 pm

    jason - Two great photos. I love the first one. Sounds like you had a busy weekend.ReplyCancel

  • October 10, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Erin - Thanks so much! It was definitely a busy weekend, and this one is proving just as busy.ReplyCancel

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