Garden in Winter Light.
Garden in Winter Light.

One day it’s cloudy. One day it’s bright. One day it’s cold. One day it warms up.

Then, there are the hourly changes.

That’s Southeast Louisiana.

Enjoy it while you can.

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Telephone poles.
Telephone poles.

I got the idea for publishing the top picture from a Facebook friend who said something like she didn’t think telephone poles could be art until she saw a picture I published a couple of days ago. Well, if poles lining the sides of pictures might be art, what about a picture made up of telephone and power poles?

I used to work very hard at keeping telephone poles and the like out of pictures.Then, one day. Ah ha. They are part of the scene. Leave them in. Make them work with the scene. Scenics got much easier.

Anyway.

More dystopia from the 9th Ward. Florida Street and The Intracoastal Canal, to be exact.

Alone and abandoned.
Alone and abandoned.
Dow by the canal.
Dow by the canal.


Country road in New Orleans
Country road in New Orleans

New Orleans.

It’s not quite what you think. Is it?

When you get out in the far reaches of the 9th Ward, the city turns into country and back again.

I made this picture from the levee at the Industrial Canal. This is the levee that broke and flooded the Lower 9th Ward. But this is closer to the lake. This section didn’t break. This place looks like what it is. Farm land. It is under sea level. It was better used as small truck farms.

New Orleans. Winter 2015.


Old pump house. Lower 9th Ward.
Old pump house. Lower 9th Ward.

Missing. Ain’t der no mo’. There used to be houses in that field. Hurricane Katrina took care of that.

Here we are.

A decade later and the area looks pretty good. But… check out the details. Look at that house in the background, on the left. It still has a blue plastic roof. A Katrina roof. It looks boarded up. All of it looks pretty permanent. Somebody gave up.

If the field in the foreground wasn’t starting its early Springtime growth, you’d see pieces and parts of what was there once.

By the way, you can’t see it in this picture, but behind me and to the left is the levee. It’s part of the one that broke so badly. A decade ago. Funny how time flies when you are having fun.


Lots of brass instruments in a French Quarter window.
Lots of brass instruments in a French Quarter window.

Remember that really colorful second hand-antique store picture I published a couple of days ago? This place was two doors down from it. Sometimes, it’s easy. Sometimes it’s very hard. Georgia O’Keeffe was once quoted as saying that she never worked when it was hard. Lucky her.


Mardi Gras Light
Mardi Gras Light

There you have it.

Mardi Gras 2015. In New Orleans.

Time to move on to the next thing. Probably work that is a little more personal. At least, not so event-driven. I hope.

I’ll see you there.

Band Organization
Band Organization
Beads Everywhere.
Beads Everywhere.
Zulu Coconut.
Zulu Coconut.
Way too many beads.
Way too many beads.
Wookie, Wookie and his friend.
Wookie, Wookie and his friend.
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Mardi Gras Masks
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The End.