Wednesday, June 29,2016 was your perfect summer evening at the Fairhope Muncipal Pier. I guess perfect is a relative measure though. It was a hot, humid evening with barely a hint of a breeze in the air. Old Glory was draped around the flag pole. These kind of conditions give hope to jubilee watchers. For some these kind of conditions may not be perfect if they are fussy about bad hair days or don't like how their shirts stick to them because of the sauna like humidity. For those of us that grew up on the Eastern Shore, these are the kind of evenings we look back on as thinking they are perfect summer evenings. I guess maybe some would like just a touch of a Northerly wind, but those on the jubilee watch would want a East wind by early morning.
When I arrived at the pier, I thought there were too many clouds to get a good sunset. Again, that is a typical summer evening on the Gulf Coast. The weather prognosticators have it pretty easy during the summer, there is pretty much always a threat of an evening thunderstorm. As a portrait photographer, I love these kind of evenings because the clouds make for colorful backgrounds. The great thing about this kind of weather is if you stick around long enough it will change within minutes. Just when I gave up on a sunset, the clouds shifted just a bit and those of us at the pier were treated to God Light over the pier and a beautiful sunset.
After sunsets I like to stick around as the best colors appear then. Looking over to some of the smaller piers near the Fairhope Pier I noticed some teenagers fishing and setting up hammocks at the end of one of the piers. I can only hope they are creating lasting memories of hot, muggy summer evenings on the Eastern Shore.