Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Saenger. The dream sellers of my childhood.

The old Saenger Theater in New Orleans.  The photo arouses long sleeping images of Saturday mornings watching Sinbad the Sailor movies.  Today I would probably laugh at how hokey they were. But back then, we lived in fear that the next adventure with a dragon could be his last.  We clung to a tugging believe that he was the true hero that could escape any peril.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Water wonders

My grand-niece shows fascination with the water fount at the St. Joseph's Abbey Church in Abita Springs, LA.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

A Trace of light rationing

Another flower shot from my walk along the Trace in Mandeville one Saturday recently.  Even in the bright afternoon sun, sunlight is a precious commodity along the shadowy lane that weaves from Mandeville to Abita Springs.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Iron fence, rusted future

Those old cast iron fences that stand sentinel along the streets of New Orleans, have a hard enough time beating off the elements in good years, but add to that hurricanes, and several storms and  dozens of years, and the years start to take their toll.  The flaky paint seems to be holding the rust in as much as it is hold the moisture out.  But this fleur del lis stands strong, even if it doesn't still stand straight.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Trace of beauty

I stopped for a moment along the Trace in Mandeville and notice a simple white flower in the sea of green trees, vines and bushes. I think I often miss little treasures like this.

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Earth's canopy -- Live Oak

Live Oaks have a way making their roots the center of grace, leisure and tranquility. This grandfatherly oak connects the earth and sky with stretched-out shadows and ray-catching Spanish moss. The shot is on the inspiring lawn at St. Joseph Abbey near Covington, LA.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beam it down, yttocs

Along the way of the St. Tammany Trace, a beam of light lasers through the dense foliage and sheds light on a young leaf.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Party in the pollen

Somebody had an Easter party on this Easter lily.  Who could it bee?

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Spinning earthward...

Our niece Rebekah is in a quandary.  She is going to exit this limb in a split second.  The trick is to land gracefully, with all limbs in tact.  I glad to report she was successful.  The scene is on the lakefront it Mandeville.  Spring is a great time to enjoy the fresh lake breeze and warm sunny days.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

The path remembered

Maybe these are the kind of days you remember -- running, walking riding a bike through the park.  Worry free. Thoughts roaming.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Climbing on the Live Oak

This tree just invites kids to climb.  You can get on it by practically stepping up a few inches. You can't easily go very high because the limb gets steep quickly.  The shot is from the lakefont in Mandeville on the northshore of Lake Pontchartain, across from New Orleans. You can see the 23-mile Causeway Bridge on the horizon.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

I can't tell you what captured my fancy about this.... this... well, this weed.  It had found a shaft of sunlight in a dark corner of a cool bayou bend and was soaking it up. It had a bit of loneliness to it, as well a bit of pioneering spirit.  But, mostly it just seemed content to be out of the dark, gathering strength from the light.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Rub a dub dub?

Starting out on a fishing trip on a chilly morning with the mist rising from the bayou.  These three men, sailing out from Mandeville Harbor have great hopes of a good day of fishing.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Canine curiosity focuses on camera

Another shot from the Mandeville Dog Parade held recently on the lakefront.  I think from the interest she was showing in my camera, that this dog was inquiring into photography lessons.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ducking out....

Was it something that I said?  This Grebe out on the lakefront of Mandeville wanted no part of being around me.  As I approached straight to the lake wall, he caught site of me and you can see how fast he flashed out of there --1, 2,3,4,5 water slaps showing in this picture.  The shot was taken at 1/320th of a second! 

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Here we go round the.... oak tree?

It may not be exactly climbing a tree, but it's just as much fun.  Our grandson, Sullivan, and his cousin Kristin were having a lot of fun on the roots of this giant oak on the Mandeville lakeshore.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Every bird knows -- kids means treats...

The gulls were lining up for bombing runs at the water when the crowds were gathered for the annual dog parade in Mandeville, La.  They recieved some notice from the crowd sitting on the lakefront wall.  But most of the crowd was focused on mingling and dog gawking.

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Early morning adventure in Lake Pontchartrain

Heading out from Mandeville's harbor on a cool morning with the steam rising from the lake-mixed bayou water as the sun's warm rays glance of the cool water.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

We all stand on the shoulders of others...

When you're at a parade (especially the dog parade in Mandeville, La.) you'll do whatever it takes to see that cute canine that is passing by.  Hey, look at me!  Look at me!

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Its a parade of paws on grassy green Mandeville lakefront

Parading perfectly  down the Mandeville lakefront not only shows off the dogs of the northshore city, but also shows of the grace, elegance and leisure-loaded highlight of the city.  The annual parade was a couple weeks ago

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dogs parade down Mandeville Lakefront

The annual dog parade in Mandeville is a pretty big affair.  The canine cutties carouse carefully past the crowds along the lakefront

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's mom time now -- egret

Mom egret gets a few minutes for personal grooming while the chick is satisfied and not hungry for the moment.
You can just barely see the chick through the branches to the right of mom.  They get to spend a lot of
time together in these younger days.  This is old shot form a couple years ago in Audubon Park.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Double Take and Double Stop

Hey, what can I say, it just caught my eye.  Two ways to stop people.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

High in the Pecking Order

As I was getting in my car at my in-laws house, this Redheaded Woodpecker slashed by.  He zoomed up to the top of this damaged tree across the street and got to work looking for insects.  Unfortunately, he was pretty far away and was working on the opposite side of the tree out of my line of site.  But slowly I worked my way around to capture this shot.

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