Yesterday Sweet Husband and I went to New Orleans to enjoy the Louisiana Seafood Festival. It was located at City Park, which is an incredible place. Gorgeous. A million old live oak trees, palms, a sculpture garden, a story-time amusement park. I actually have quite the love affair with City Park – it’s one of my favorite places in the City. I was totally and completely excited to be going there yesterday, and I packed my camera. But I didn’t find anything I really wanted to photograph. There amidst all of that beauty, I was uninspired. I took four pictures yesterday. Three of Sweet Husband, trying to avoid having his picture taken and one of some palm trees that are unfortunately infected with a fungus and dying.
This is why I needed this 31 Days Project. How could I not be inspired amongst that beauty and activity?
This morning I dragged myself out of bed earlier than I wanted and headed out to find something – anything – to capture. It’s Cruisin’ the Coast week, which means there are tons of classic cars here. Plus it’s the coast. There’s a ton of natural beauty all around me.
I guess I was out too early for most of the cruisers, so I kept heading down the beach and wound up in Ocean Springs. Last weekend I was supposed to take part in Scott Kelby’s Worldwide PhotoWalk in Ocean Springs, but the threat of Hurricane-then Tropical Storm-then Tropical Depression-Karen, my photo walk was canceled. This morning I did my own abbreviated version. I wound up taking about 70 photos, but I felt like it was pulling teeth to get those 70 shots.
I need to get into a more regular practice. More pictures of the extraordinary in the ordinary…and then perhaps I’ll feel better about what I find on these longer dates with my inner artist.
Without further excuse or explanation, here are my photos from this morning. Some of them I’m quite proud of even though I wasn’t very excited while I was taking them.