Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Views Of The Crescent

The sharpest bend in the Mississippi River is right here in New Orleans, and also the deepest water at over 200 feet. It looks like a crescent moon on Google Earth which apparently gave NOLA the nickname "Crescent City" a bajillion years ago ago, which I've never even heard before.
Live and learn.

Anyway, tonight I insisted on taking a quick "tripod tour" a few blocks from our hotel not long after sundown to get some long-exposure shit  because that's how I roll:
This is The Natchez which we took on a tour yesterday.
It was docking after a dinner tour tonight and I just barely got into position for this shot--the one before and the one after didn't work at all, yet this has the paddlewheel still turning (thus blurred) and the boat is stationary.

Turned around and took some time composing, and this one made me happy.

There were rats scurrying about.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Ships And Machine Guns

Took a 2 hour cruise on the Mississippi today, oboard a steam-powered paddlewheel.

Coast Guard on the job. Keep it up! 

I'm kinda fascinated by modern lifeboats. 

Cruise ship loading. 

Did you know that you can Google a ship's name and instantly know all about it? I was pointing to vessels we were passing and telling people how long they'd been docked, what they were carrying, tonnage, etc. 

If you're ever in New Orleans I recommend taking The Natchez. 

We knew we wanted to take the boat but it came together last-minute so I had the "wrong" camera with me, but these pics turned out fine. Might be the first time I've blogged color photos from the F828 instead of the usual infrared black & whites. 

On the subject of Tasty Treats: A bunch of us hit a scuzzy little dump just off Bourbon St. for Po' Boys. Mine was fried chicken, while the others went with catfish and shrimp. 
It's hard to make a bad chicken sandwich--I don't even mind McDonald's--so it's not like my standards are all that high... 
But the one I ate tonight was the best I've ever had by far. 
And it was so big I really wanted to save half for later, but couldn't bring myself to stop eating until it was gone. 

The first bite got stuck somehow, and it took a few minutes before I was able to get it to go down. Instead of worrying about almost choking to death I just got mad about having to wait on that second bite. 

Is that a good review, or what? 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Orleans

Two views from the roof of our hotel, pointing towards then away from the Mississippi River:


I just ate a big plate of red beans and rice that had a piece of the very best smoked sausage I've ever tasted in my life.