It was a bright, sunny day in December when we rode out to the lake (Pontchartrain, the south side), and found some old, ruined docks there where hundreds of pigeons were hanging out. I wanted to do an entire afternoon on these little guys, but it was cold and the rain was coming in.
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They use mules to pull the carriages through the Quarter; horses are too flighty around a lot of people and loud noises and sudden movement, and they also can’t tolerate the heat as well. Fred here looks sad, and they’d just pulled in and the people had disembarked. He seemed bummed to have to stop.
This was one of the first “good” shots I ever got, when I first moved here. It was dumb luck that I went out early that morning, before sunrise, and the Natchez was docked in the right place, at the right time, with the sun rising behind it and fog on the water. I’ve tried several times since then to go out there and grab a shot with my better camera, now that I know a little more about what I am doing (one hopes), but so far, I’ve run into an amazing number of obstacles. Fog down on the water isn’t that common, and the last time I managed to get over there on a foggy morning, there was some sort of 5K run on the RiverWalk, and the organizers had the Natchez completely roped off where I couldn’t get the shot without the orange cones and runners in the photo. Good lesson for grabbing what you can with whatever equipment you have handy.
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One of my favorite places to eat, when I first moved to the Quarter, was Cafe Beignet. Same beignets as Café DuMonde, but many many other choices (including some great omelets). It’s rare to pass by when there’s no line, but I think I caught this about 1:30 in the afternoon; they normally close around two. Excellent place to eat if you’re visiting.
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