Monday, April 21, 2008

New Orleans Daily Photo is 1 year old

Before I explain the picture, let me do a little rejoicing. Today is the anniversary of New Orleans Daily Photo. On April 21st of 2007, I started the adventure. Please don't go back and look at those first few days, because I had no clue how to do all of this. It was about a week later that I started letting people know about it -- had to get rid of the rookie jitters first.

Now, the picture. We went up to Norco yesterday to check out the Bonnet Carre' spillway. Because of high waters flowing down the Mississippi River from heavy rains and Spring melting, the water is about as high as anyone cares to see it. The Bonnet Carre' allows water to bypass New Orleans on its way to the Gulf. It lets the water flow into Lake Pontchartrain.

The purpose is not so much to keep the water level low as it is to keep velocity of the flowing water to a manageable level that doesn't erode and weaken the levees.

While were up on the levee, we notice a tanker ship out in the middle of the river with three tugs apparently trying to push the ship toward the opposite side of the river --the west bank . The tugs were huffing and puffing -- you could tell by the smoke billowing from them and from the fact that they were tilted to one side straining.

When we left about a half hour later, there were only two tugs -- one at the bow and one behind the ship -- they appeared to be just holding the ship stationary. I suppose they were waiting for reinforcements because the ship was closer to our side -- the East bank -- than when we first started watching.

Oh, the picture. The levee by the spillway gates was crowded with people there to observe and be part of the event. There were quite a number of fishermen and three or four people with casting nets like these guys. Apparently water isn't the only thing spilling over the gates -- logs, dead cows and a lot of fish that got swept away from their tranquil creeks are just some of them.

Okay, now I have just 364 more posts until my second anniversary.

--steve buser


Sarabeth said...

Happy Blogoversary, Steve.

I had my camera posed to snap a photo of the entourage surrounding the section of the Garden District in which I live as the President ate dinner at Commander's Palace. Lots and lots and lots of law enforcement. Sadly, none of the photos are worthy of anything. Straight to the delete pile.

New Orleans News Ladder said...

I hung you today but may try to do a more fitting tribute tomorrow as today snuck up on me.
You so rock da'world, Noble Mon!
Happy 1st year bloggin'!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Steve. You did a good job and no reason not to expect more of the same in the future. I started in 2005 and when I look back at some of those things I see trends and themes and happy and unhappy times. It is a good way to remember too.

Denton said...

Congratulation and happy birthday. Always enjoy your photos and look forward to many more.

Professor said...

Happy First Year! And I look forward to the next!

IamtheMom said...

Congrats Dad! What an accomplishment!

Olivier said...

Félicitation pour ton anniversaire, un an de DP. Je te souhaite une bonne continuité et rendez vous dans pour tes deux ans ;o)

Congratulations on your birthday, a year of DP. Have a good continuity and go in for your two years; o)

Ben said...

Congratulations for 1 years of photo blogging.

Moi said...

congratulations.....and here's to the next 364 :)

Southern Heart said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Rambling Round said...

Happy first anniversary! I really enjoy your blog!

Jon said...

Congrats on your first anniversary of blogging...good job, good show. I love your photography and am glad I found your blog tonight. Keep up the great work you are doing and thanks so very much for sharing your wonderful pictures. Makes me so homesick/nostalgic for the apt. I had for years in the Quarter on Chartres St.

Jon in Mississippi on 6-13-08