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New Orleans

Aug 252015
 

I’m not from the south and don’t live in the south.  I sure do love the south, though.  The people are friendly, the countryside beautiful and the food… nothing to compare it to.  From gumbo to catfish and everything else, the southern palate is one that is much favored and appreciated by this mouth.  This was taken during a trip to New Orleans.  Love that food.

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Apr 302015
 

I love cemetery’s.  Is that morbid?  I just find them so interesting.  I find myself wandering around looking at the markers, wondering about the lives of the deceased.  Who are you?  What kind of life did you have in a time I probably didn’t experience.  And cemeteries in the south are so unique and, pardon the expression, alive.  Lafayette no. 1 is nestled in the garden district of New Orleans.  A wonderful neighborhood to wander around in.

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Oct 142014
 

I was walking through the quaint little neighborhood streets of the faubourg marigny in New Orleans.  As I was starting to get into more of the residential section I spotted this restaurant and couple sitting outside, alone.  Eating a meal, having a drink, or just taking a load off their feet?  Don’t know.  But the whole scene grabbed me and pulled me in.  I quickly set up my tripod and tried not to disturb them.  It was their moment, not mine.  The night can bring in its own rewards for those who’s eyes are open.

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Aug 122014
 

New Orleans is a great place to wander around and just take in the atmosphere.  It was late and I was quite tired, but still had enough energy to keep wandering and enjoy what I was doing.  Not trying to get somewhere is always the best way to go for me.  I was on my way to my bed but not hurrying.  I turned up Iberville St. toward Bourdon and this simple scene with its signage popped out at me.  I was sweaty but happy.

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May 242014
 

Ah.  The great New Orleans at night.  I was wandering around, sweating, carrying my camera and tripod, not really caring how I’m perceived.  I took a spot across the street from the square up some steps where I could get a better perspective.  Then a tall young man approached me and wanted to polish me running shoes.  Of course he said he’d do it free of charge.  I talked with him a while then finally sent him away and told him I was working.  Can’t beat the locals or the city of New Orleans!jackson-square-night-3Purchase a print or digital download of this photo by clicking on the image.

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Apr 062014
 

It’s so much fun walking around unfamiliar neighborhoods, seeing what they have to offer.  I had walked around New Orleans all day.  Even at night I was sweating, profusely.  Though I had stopped at a few places to eat, drink and listen to great music, I was tired.  And I still had a ways to walk, then wait for the streetcar for the ride over to my hotel in the garden district.  Color and beautiful architecture was all around me.

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Feb 162014
 

Do your believe in Voodoo?  Whether you do or not, New Orleans sure congers thoughts and images of voodoo on my end; little old ladies sticking pins in small personalized dolls.  The unsuspecting victim wondering what hit him as he reels in sharp pain.  New Orleans, a perfect place for a voodoo doll shop.  I only wished it was open when I happened to stroll by.  I could use a doll on occasion.

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Jan 052014
 

I had spent a wonderful evening wandering around the French Quarter of New Orleans.  When I got out as far as Frenchman St. I was tired and amazingly done with carrying my heavy camera and tripod.  I only wanted to enjoy where I was; in New Orleans, a city of great food and music!  So, I took turns popping in and out of different music venues.  It was so great.  I don’t remember the name of this particular ensemble but I sure enjoyed my bowl of jambalaya and listening to them play.

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Nov 232013
 

I love a good swamp.  And they’re hard to find here in California.  So, when in the south I tend to seek them out.  They’re kind of like redwood trees or the Pacific ocean here, or cactus in the desert.  Common and familiar if you live there, unique and inviting if you don’t.  So, when in New Orleans I spent a morning wandering around City Park, which, of course, is filled with many swampy bayou’s and trails to walk.  It’s a great place to soothe one’s soul in the  city.

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Nov 092013
 

Whether it’s the Canal St. line or the St. Charles Ave. line, the streetcars in New Orleans are awesome!  At least I found them that way.  In fact, I would head downtown on the St. Charles St. line just to ride on it; like a kid finishing his carnival ride, then getting right back in line to do it again.  And what was most alluring were the sounds; the churning of the gears, the rattling as it picked up speed and slowed down.  Rhythmical, almost familiar, and somehow comforting.  Hmmm… think I’ll get back in line.

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