Sorry about the extended absence! I have spent all of my free time and energy here lately working on learning portrait photography. I have mostly been working with children and teenagers and I just don’t feel comfortable putting pictures of them online for safety reasons.
I learned a lot about photography (lighting especially) in this little exercise, but I think I’m ready to get back to photographing nature – it is generally a lot more cooperative than toddlers!
This shot is one of my favorites from this summer. I saw this large bird circling my yard for a few a minutes, so I grabbed my camera. Fortunately, he was nice enough to line himself up perfectly with the ominous storm clouds brewing in the background. (A toddler would have never been so easily persuaded!) After a little research, I discovered that this was a swallow-tailed kite, a rather rare bird in this area that is on the Audobon’s Watch List.
Canal Street in New Orleans is the dividing line between the French Quarter and the much newer business district. It is home to Brooks Brothers, Saks and many other ritzy stores and cafes. The only thing I bought was a bottle of water that costs about four times as much as it should have…. I felt very exclusive drinking it, though. Thankfully, they didn’t charge me to take pictures.
Hope everyone has a happy and safe Fourth of July!
We were close to the Big Easy yesterday on a business trip and I just couldn’t resist. I only had four hours to spare, but I found my way to French Quarter and managed to snap a few pictures. (I also managed to squeeze in a muffaletta, a beignet and a couple of pralines :))
New Orleans is one of the most unique places in the world. It was built in the middle of a swamp where the mighty Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The influence of being a world-wide port has made it a melting pot for many different cultures and the result is a crazy, eclectic mix that flavors the cuisine, architecture and the people. I will warn you, the Big Easy evokes strong emotions- you either love New Orleans or you hate it. Personally, I am smitten.
Over the next few posts, I will try to take you on a mini-tour (remember, I was only there for four hours!)
The architecture is just an amazing mix of tradition and funk….
Music is the soul of New Orleans….
and then there is the general craziness that makes it New Orleans….
Hope you will enjoy the trip!
I snapped these in a city garden last week thinking they were columbines. I was sure of it. Then I started searching around for the variety and now I am thinking not. They have fine, feathery foliage like cosmos, but the flowers don’t look like cosmos at all. They are quite tall and a bit weedy looking but the flowers are very photogenic! Any ideas?
Wow, cheesiest title ever….most of my loyal readers will not believe this, but I used to be a decent writer. In college, a couple of professors even suggested it as a career path. But now, a mere fifteen years later this is what you get – Foxglove Love – because it rhymes and I can’t think of anything else. My apologies….
Hope your Monday was at least tolerable….