Lone tuba.

First and foremost.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to the people who live along the Gulf Coast in Texas. Twelve years ago, they came for us. Now, it’s our turn. Whatever they need. Whenever they need it. You’d have to have been here and gone through a major storm to really feel it deep inside. We did. We know.

Our hearts are in our throats.

Thank you for reaching out. We are fine here in New Orleans. Right now, it looks like we will get about 6 inches of rain over a four-day time span. That’s about like a normal summer storm. Yes, some parts of the city have other worries. All the pumps are not yet functional. Some of the electric turbines are still not up to full speed, and, for certain, the drainage system needs about 20 years of work. But, everybody is well aware of the issues and what we need to do.

So far, mixed sun and clouds. No rain. No wind.

I mostly only pay attention to the NOAA hurricane reports since that’s what the local television stations weather people read. I reckon given their percentage of being wrong and right, I’m about as qualified to read them as they are. Besides, I know when to shelter in place and when to evacuate. As Bob Dylan once sang, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

The picture. I made it on the day of the Great American Solar Eclipse. While I was waiting. My first inclination was to make the picture with just the tuba, the bench and the bicycle in it. But — aha — this woman came walking by. Those magenta tights were just the ticket to make the picture a little brighter and more colorful. I had to wait a minute because there was somebody walking in front of her. That turned out to be a good thing since she framed herself with that square sign board. Luck. Luck. And, more luck.

And, patience.

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  1. Gosh yes, on the figure in the magenta tights; that’s the first thought I had when I saw this photo (“How smart of Ray to include that touch, and I wonder if I will ever acquire that instinct?” Also, love the quote from Bob Dylan, and double/triple love the care and concern for your neighboring state. I’ll never forget watching in helplessness and horror during the aftermath of Katrina as so many the Crescent City suffered, and some died. I imagine everyone who went through it has PTSD.

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    1. It’s all timing and patience. Many years ago, I had a mentor who photographed the California desert for NGS. Every published image was at the perfect time. I asked about his technique. He said to bring a couple of good books and wait. In this case, I saw her coming out of the corner of my eye and just waited. If you look at the frames as I shot them, you can see her coming…

      I have a lot of friends from my old neighborhood near the fairgrounds who evacuated to Houston and remained because they improved their lives. I don’t have PTSD, from that. In fact, I worked for the first two weeks of recovery flying one of the four legendary black Hueys. We served as advanced command and control while the Coast rescued people and until the Air Force arrived to set up more stable C&C.

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