We walked along Magazine Street the other night, enjoying the warm weather and the vibrancy of the neighborhood. I liked this blue-lighted door, as well as the turquoise-shuttered home for their vividness. The street art, on the side of a building, surprised me as I had not noticed it in the daylight. Finally, I loved the pattern of lights over the outdoor bar where people were lingering over drinks and chatter.
We left the Wisconsin winter at its worst-freezing temperatures, fierce winds and snow to head south to NOLA. Yesterday just before sunset, we put on our warm-weather running clothes with the intention of a jog at Audubon Park. I brought along my camera to photograph some swans I had seen at the Park earlier in the week. Driving along Tchoupitoulas Street, however, I heard a band-a marching band! and saw a group of people assembling in the street outside Tipitinas, a music hall. I literally jumped out of the car to join the fun. Coming from the cold Midwest, nothing says spring to me like an outdoor gathering to hear music, enjoy good food while wearing a t-shirt and jeans instead of a winter coat. The Landry-Walker High School Marching Band was incredible. The tribute honored Jimmy Glickman, well-known in the NOLA music scene for his music store and generous sponsorships and assistance to aspiring musicians. Weekly Photo Challenge-Seasons PS I never did get to that jog!
We stopped briefly in Memphis, Tennessee for a breakfast on the famous Beale Street, a National Historic Landmark known for the many great blues musicians who recorded here. We ate at a tawdry honky-tonk bar named “Polly’s.” While I enjoyed taking these photos while we waited for our eggs and biscuits, I have to say that the breakfast there could only be enjoyed by partiers too hung over to taste how bad it was.
And yes, this honky-tonk joint is really as colorful as shown here. I couldn’t resist a self-portrait below of me photographing the door!
Yesterday we drove through Canton, Mississippi on our cross-country trip to New Orleans. Canton is the county seat to Madison County and home to about 13,000 people. The Courthouse Square, where these photos were taken, is a historic site and on the National Register of Historic Places. And this Square displays everywhere the severe poverty of the community. While the old buildings remain standing, many are empty or home to marginal businesses. As the door for Attorney Greaves shows, he has long been out of the office. And the florist shop’s brightest flower is the reflection of the Courthouse in its window.
The timelessness of this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired staircase and lighting offered a step back in time.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Time
Facing more snow and single-digit temperatures, I spent an afternoon in the sunlight, warmth and humidity of a conservatory featuring tropical foliage. I loved the orangeness and spikiness of this flower. So much so that I forgot to record its name!
A couple weeks ago, I walked by this sun-dappled door on a house along Magazine Street, New Orleans.