NOLA in June

I left for New Orleans after my last day of work. I was taking advantage of a package I won at the HRC Gala last year: A week in NOLA at a house located in the Treme. NOLA, late spring, neighborhood living…what could be better for some down time, wandering, music, bourbon & history?

The plane landed in the middle of a thunder storm. A bumpy ride jerking through sheets of rain culminating in temps in the mid 80’s with 100% humidity. Ahhhhh… The weather remained stormy for the trip, but with the rain came breezy thunder claps and lower temps.

I took two walking tours, both included cemeteries, which in all my trips to NOLA had never managed to visit. I went into Lafayette No 2 and St. Joseph for a particularly creepy wandering on my own. I was the only living soul in both of those cemeteries – that I knew of. Any creak or clack gave me the heebie jeebies and sent my blood rushing. The rain had left pools in the neglected and overgrown and well worn cemeteries. The pools created many opportunities for capturing reflections of the tombs.

Reflections in Lafayette No 2
Reflections in Lafayette No 2
Bricks and marble marker have fallen away
Bricks and marble marker have fallen away
Down the drain
Down the drain

I visited Lafayette No 1 with a tour group then went back on my own to take photos. It was around lunch time and about 90 degrees when I went back so the crowds had thinned out. Every now and then a person carrying a camera would wander out from behind a tomb or appear at the end of a long street – both with unique and jittery effects on my nervous system.

Lafayette No 1, ferns have taken a hold
Lafayette No 1, ferns have taken a hold
Lafayette No 1, flowers and vacancies
Lafayette No 1, flowers and vacancies

One day I came out of Rouses to find two groups of musicians setting up to play. They were part of a musicians collective that plays together in order to raise funds for projects. These two bands has just bought a boat to take on an Island Tour, planning to stop and play at various islands and ports. They needed money to fix up the boat and buy gas – so here they were!

Playing for tour money
Playing for tour money
French Quarter back drop for old timey music
French Quarter back drop for old timey music

The week went quickly; I didn’t get to see everything I wanted to. But now I have a reason or two to come back. Until then, New Orleans.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. I would LOVE to see New Orleans…thanks for the great post.

    http://www.nichetravelgroup.ca/blog/

    1. kmorris says:

      Thank you, Joanne! It’s a fascinating place that never fails to grab hold of you. Go when you can!

      1. I certainly will. A life well travelled is what I’m aiming for

  2. Very nice images. Several of these remind me of the effects from a Lensbaby. Or did you apply your own touches in your editing?

    1. kmorris says:

      Hello there! Thank you for the compliment! I shot all of the images from the “NOLA in June” post with my iPhone 5s using the Hipstamatic app. Specifically, I used the Americana lens and the Rijks film to create these images. The app allows you to mix and match “lenses” and a “films.” If you haven’t tried Hipstamatic yet give it a go. It’s my favorite camera app – ever.

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