Louisiana Bayou Village

The Bayou, near New Orleans, USA, 11th November 2014.

It would be easy to think of the Bayou as a wilderness populated by alligators and escaped convicts, an inscrutable maze in which all who enter become hopelessly lost.  This is far from the truth.

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Here are habitations deep inside the bayou.  It is a monochrome post because two thirds of the underlying images were infrared and one third regular and I decided to skip colour.

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Houma Indians lived in the bayou, making use of the abundant fishing and wildlife.  They were historical allies of the French and many still speak a French dialect as their primary language.

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Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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From the end of the eighteenth century, people of non-Indian descent began to move into the bayou.  French is still the dominant language spoken amongst locals.

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Though fishing and wildlife are plentiful, mosquitos can be too so it is not necessarily a very healthy place to live.

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It also can’t have been a very good place to hide out from Hurricane Katrina and there are many signs of devastation from that time.

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Houses range from the modest …

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… to the somewhat grand

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… and many are rather the worse for wear

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though all retain an undeniable charm.

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A small fishing boat, I presume.

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West Pearl Bridge.  The two towers look just like the ones used in mines to raise and lower cages in mine shafts.  Maybe that’s exactly what they are.  Clearly, though, this is not a bridge like Tower Bridge in London that parts from the middle and raises to the sides; this is a case where the towers raise and lower the whole central section, as controlled by the small room in the middle.

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Notice says:  West Pearl Bridge  {Phone number}  No operator on duty;  Require 4 hours advanced notice for bridge openings.

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Boats and houses behind the bridge.

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And finally, a house with aspirations towards becoming a house boat.

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In the Bayou

The Bayou, near New Orleans, USA, 11th November 2014.

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For our last day in New Orleans we organised a Bayou Tour which proved quite delightful.  I was fortunate to get a place in the boat with a clear view for taking photographs.  Particularly early on, we saw several small alligators.

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If you look carefully (or click on the image to see it larger), you will see that there is a crane sitting in a large nest at the top of this tree.

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Gliding slowly through backwaters of the bayou, which of course is part of the Mississippi delta..

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Another boat coming up a channel…

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My main preconceptions of the Bayou derived from Down by Law, a 1986 film in which Tom Waits and two others escape from prison into the Bayou.

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The Bayou is disappearing, though.  It was previously renewed by silt deposited by Mississippi floodwaters.  These days, the levees channel most of that water out to the Gulf of Mexico.  Consequently, the Gulf is eating away at the Bayou which is losing 65 square kilometres (25 sq. miles) a year.  The Bayou is a significant wildlife habitat and fishery and it also helps protect country further inland from hurricanes.

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Marigny Cars and Drain Covers

New Orleans, USA, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th,11th and 12th November 2014.

This something of a compound post thematically connected. There are two groups of subjects. One is views in the Marigny district near where I was staying. As we left or came back each day I might take a couple of shots though my main photographic focuses for the day might be quite different. The shots of the cars I took on different occasions on a number of days. And the characteristic New Orleans drain covers are from a number of different locations around town, and at different times.

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This is a place we walked past every morning.  Frenchmen St is the intersection you can see a bit further on.  There is a closer look at the near car in the next image.

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This is a car driven by someone who really knows how to attract the birds.

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One morning there was a garage sale across the road from where we were staying,with some interesting ways of attracting attention.

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Here is a house in the Marigny neighbourhood, maybe Marigny Street, I’m not sure.

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I’m pretty sure this is round the corner in Royal St.

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And definitely this one is, opposite where we used to take coffee every morning, along with Eric Kyte, an English architect who designs hotels.

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Water covers, Algiers Point.

I guess this is what you call street art, whether the New Orleans Government intended it as that or not.

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Sewer cover, Algiers Point.

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Water cover, Arts District.

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Water cover, Arts District.

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Water cover, Arts District.

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Water cover, Arts District.

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This is a Cadillac Superior Hearse, from about 1972.  It was parked just a couple of houses from where we were staying and never moved in the ten days we were there.  I came back and photographed it several times.

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G String Orchestra

Mimi’s in the Marigny, Franklin Ave, New Orleans, USA, 10th November 2014.

We turned up at Mimi’s on the Marigny because as a cajun and creole local tapas restaurant it sounded worth checking out.  Not knowing how crowded it might be we turned up early and out timing worked out to be perfect.  We didn’t even know a band was playing and we got the table right in front.  The food was great and the band was great.

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This is G String Orchestra, especially the three players to the right, the bass accordion and violin.  It can range from a two-piece to a ten-piece band, playing traditional and original eastern European folk and klezmer music or more specifically, pan-Balkan music ranging from romantic waltzes to driving coceks, pulsing horas to foot moving bulgars, heart wrenching greek rembetica ballads to the hungarian czardas!.

This is their website and here are six tracks on their MySpace site.

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Ian, Sarah Jacques in the background.

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Ian.

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Sarah Jacques.

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David.

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Sarah Jacques.

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Sarah Jacques.

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David.

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(I will add more names when they are available).

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Arts District

New Orleans, USA, 10th November 2014.

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New Orleans Streetcar.

We headed off on a streetcar intending to visit the aquarium.  The streetcars are a delight in New Orleans though they are slow and can break down.  The aquarium was closed so we set out to visit some galleries in the Arts District, which was probably a much better choice anyway.

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Here are some people waiting as a freight train goes past, with probably hundreds of cars.

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The building is being replaced but the facade, presumably heritage protected, is to stay.

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What was once a grand old building is now dwarfed by glass towers.

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Contemporary Arts Centre.

Not all places we visited allowed photography but this was one that did….

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Contemporary Arts Centre.

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Contemporary Arts Centre.

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Contemporary Arts Centre.

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Contemporary Arts Centre (a mixture of found objects and reflections).

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Contemporary Arts Centre (looking out and back).

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Confederate Memorial Hall.  Here we see a cannon used by participants of the civil war who gave their lives in 1865 fighting for slavery. There are few memorials for the emancipation of the slaves in the South. When you consider who might raise the funds it’s easy to see why.

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This looks like a bizarre art installation but it appears to be an even more bizarre commercial air conditioning installation.

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Ogden museum, Basquiet Exhibition.

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Ogden museum.

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Ogden museum.

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Ogden museum.

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Ogden museum.

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Ogden museum.

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Algiers Point

New Orleans, USA, 9th November 2014.

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We decided to visit Algiers Point on the other side of the Mississippi River.  This involved a ferry trip.

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The river is what opened up the region and is still a major commercial thoroughfare.  Lots of freighter and barges.

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And this is the Natchez, that we took a voyage on one evening and listened to the Dukes of Dixieland.

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A tug pushing several huge barges.

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And a cruise liner on the other side of the river.

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Once across on the ferry, we went for a walk.

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There was even a blue Police Box, though no sign of the occupant.

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It was a Sunday afternoon, perhaps not the best time to visit because very little was open.

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The old and the new.  The Natchez in front of the cruise ship. Guess which I’d prefer to be on.

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