Now, It Is

Summers end, maybe.
Summer’s end, maybe.

The rain fell. A cold front moved into the region.

The low temperature fell into the 60s on our side of the lake. Or, the mid 50s on the Northshore, on the other side of Lake Ponchartrain. Do you have any idea of how long it’s been since I’ve been in cool weather? With lower humidity?

I’ll tell you.

Sometime in late April or early May.

I’m sure the temperature will rise some and a little humidity will return. It’s not October yet. But, the high temperature on Sunday, when I will photograph the season’s second parade of the year, may not reach 80 degrees while I’m out.  Or, a bit more. Two weeks ago, when I photographed the first second line of the year, the temperature was about 96 degrees. Hot. Very hot. Especially when you are walking on pavement in direct sunlight.

Sheesh. I’ll feel like a new man. Around 80 degrees, no rain and very little humidity. Whew. What could be better?

The picture. I completely forgot about it. It’s one of the out takes from the Katrina project. For some reason I didn’t copy it to my Storyteller file. I was curating (I really dislike that word for what I do when I review pictures — I’m not a museum curator. I’m a picture editor.) for another project, and I stumbled upon it. It was right where I left it.

The place is interesting for “oldish” New Orleans. Most apartments located in what was once called “backatown” are converted houses, or were built as doubles — normally called a duplex in many places. Sure. In Uptown and, especially The French Quarter, there are plenty of buildings that were designed to be apartments. In fact, the oldest continually rented apartment complex in the country — The Upper and Lower Pontabla Apartment Buildings — is located on both sides of Jackson Square. One of the views from inside is of the St. Louis Cathedral. They are expensive and there is a huge waiting list.

But, out in the “swamps,” not so much.

This place is a real live apartment building. Looks like about 12 – 15 units. Looks like it was built in the 1920s or 1930s. From the outside, it looks a little run down. From the common areas, too. It’s neat and clean. It could use a little work. Some paint. But, by looking at the various porches, it seems like the tenants have lived there for a while. It’s not transient looking. It’s home. The porches are screened. We have a lot of flying critters all year around. We are, after all, mostly built on a swamp. There is some off street parking. That’s a big deal in New Orleans. And, it’s right across the street from City Park.

The technical work. I saw it. I photographed it. I actually did more post production than I needed to, but I was tinkering around, and around, and around. Don’t be like me. Simpler would have been better.


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