NOLA Through the Lens of a Newbie

Years ago, I briefly passed through New Orleans on a cross country road trip. My first REAL visit was a couple months ago, smack dab in this 10th year after Katrina. I tried to absorb as much as possible; time was scarce. I will definitely return to this place Tennessee Williams smugly described: “America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”

Still, a newbie to NOLA has fresh eyes. Here are share some photos from my trip. They are grouped in three batches.

  1. Metairie Cemetery and Lafayette Cemetery 1
  2. Images from the French Quarter
  3. Scenes from surrounding bayous, including Jean Lafitte National Historical Park

All images copyright 2015.

Metairie and Lafayette Cemetery 1

“The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds – the cemeteries – and they’re a cold proposition, one of the best things there are here. Going by, you try to be as quiet as possible, better to let them sleep. Greek, Roman, sepulchres- palatial mausoleums made to order, phantomesque, signs and symbols of hidden decay – ghosts of women and men who have sinned and who’ve died and are now living in tombs. The past doesn’t pass away so quickly here. You could be dead for a long time” – Bob Dylan

 NOLA Dead 1

NOLA Dead 2

NOLA Dead 3

NOLA Dead 4

NOLA Dead 5

The French Quarter

“Enormous oak trees towered over the boulevard, which boasted homes with fine woodwork, wraparound porches, and moss on the sidewalks. “There’s nothing like a house in New Orleans. Would you look at those balconies and columns?” He rolled his window down to take in the sounds of life in New Orleans.” ― Hunter Murphy, Imogene in New Orleans

FQ 1

FQ 2

FQ 3

FQ 4

FQ 5

FQ 6

FQ 7

FQ 8

Surrounding Wetlands

“I don’t like coming over here at night,” the girl said. “The bayou is scary in the dark, all manner of things running wild out there.”
― Samuel Snoek-Brown, Hagridden

NOLA Nature 1

NOLA Nature 6

NOLA Nature 3

NOLA Nature 4

NOLA Nature 2

NOLA Nature 5

2 thoughts on “NOLA Through the Lens of a Newbie

    • Thanks, Cheryl! I checked out your blog site. You do great work, and I think it’s wonderful that you are allied with a nonprofit charity.

      If you’re willing, would you share my post?

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