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A Week In the Bayou, Day One: May 1, 2008

May 10th, 2008 (07:52 pm)

current mood: tired

The next week or so of posts will be inspired by the "Week in the Life..." rules that I used last month for chronicling a week of my life in photographs. But I'm not going to follow the rules exactly this time. For one thing, I'm posting photos from LAST week (when I had no computer access). And instead of including only the exact time and a title for each picture, with nothing else, I will not give times at all, since I have no way of remembering the exact minute each photo was taken. And I'll probably include some travelogue, and not just a title. But it does seem like a good basic format for telling you a little about my trip to Louisiana last week.

The user pic at the top of the page, by the way, is a shot of me holding a LIVE baby alligator (as opposed to the usual one of me in a similar position, holding a toy dragon. This one was, of course, taken a few days ago in a Louisiana swamp.

So, here's a slice of my week in the Deep South. Today I'll show you some photos from the first day of my trip, which was May 1.

The Gulfport/Biloxi Airport, in Gulfport, Mississippi. Airfares into Gulfport were considerably less than those into New Orleans, and actually HALF the price of flying into Baton Rouge, which was my first destination. I had planned to rent a car anyway, to drive to New Orleans for a few days of fun after my meeting in Baton Rouge. So I rented it in Gulfport instead, and just drove a little farther. 

The aforementioned rental car, a Chevy Cobalt. Not exciting, but serviceable.

Late afternoon sky, somewhere over Mississippi. This was taken through the car windshield as I drove west between Gulfport and Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The meeting hotel, a Sheraton, was just over a levee from the Mississippi River, so the first thing I had to do after I was settled into my room was climb the levee to the river walk, to gaze out over the water. The large ship is a naval vessel, the S.S. Kidd, a permanent fixture along the river walk and open for tours.

The Kidd museum, adjacent to the ship and very close to my hotel. I never had time to tour the museum -- or maybe I just didn't make time, military lore not being a particular interest of mine. But it was a cool building, especially when it was lit up at night.

It was late, and I was getting a little giddy. Besides, I wanted to test my new camera to see what it could do. So I started experimenting with special lighting effects, just for the heck of it.

Nighttime in Baton Rouge. Still on the river walk near my hotel, I photographed this bridge across the Mississippi before heading inside to order room service.


Posted by: Tim W. Burke (timwb)
Posted at: May 11th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Me in Color


What's this gator all about?

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: May 11th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)

Hey, Tim! Yes, that really is a live baby alligator I got to hold while on a swamp tour last week. Cute little thing. Of course, we also saw some of its older, bigger, and hungrier relatives, and they were not so cute. For more alligator pictures, you'll have to wait until Day Six.

Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: May 11th, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)

Cool stuff. I'm glad you're doing this, so I can see what I missed. FYI, if you choose the "details" view on the folder where you keep your photos, the "Modified" or "Created" columns should show the date and time the photo was taken (depending on how you got your photos out of the camera and into your computer.)

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