Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday ! I’m so excited to have you joining us again this week. Thank y’all so much for the sweet words last week as my sweet husband and I celebrated our fourth anniversary. Weekend celebrations with our family kept me from getting back to y’all, but I am overwhelmed by your kindness.
This week for Photo Friday, I’m taking you to Bayou La Batre, which you may know because of you heard about it in the movie Forrest Gump. A couple of weeks ago, I shared a few photos from a road trip taken with my precious Cobbler dog that were taken in Bayou La Batre, but I thought it would be nice to share a few more photos from there with you this week.
Did y’all watch the HBO series Treme? One of the characters Sonny has a problem with drugs and in general just being a jerk. He gets taken out to work on a fishing boat to help him dry out, and then he gets traded to a shrimp boat. Every time I see a shrimp boat, I can’t help but think about the hard, dangerous work, some of which I learned about for the first time by watching that show. Most commercial shrimping on the Gulf Coast is done by Vietnamese fisherman, and they have been suffering for the last decade. While I was thankful last fall to get large, fresh shrimp for $2.50/lb, I remembered that people put their lives on the line to bring that seafood to a non-descript white cargo van sitting on the side of the road.
There is a certain sameness to shrimp boats. Their shape and riggings and assorted gear are pretty standard, but character comes in the names and the decorations. I loved these boats with their dragons and phoenix. I wondered if they held symbolic meaning or if they were just decorative.
And then I wondered if the boats were named after daughters, sisters, wives, mothers.
Because my puppy was with me and it was hot and she is old, we didn’t explore a ton. We stayed near the main road, but I get the feeling that there’s a lot more to Bayou La Batre than we saw. There were several places that I saw that I would like to go back and spend some more time exploring. If for no other reason than to spend some more time with the fraction of the shrimp boats that we saw.
Of course, I can’t leave you without a picture of my girl. While she enjoyed getting to ride, I have to remember that she’s getting older. It took her almost two weeks to recover from our afternoon on the road.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Photo Friday excursion. Make sure to come back and join us next week when I’ll have a completely different set of photos for you – scenes from New Orleans’ annual explosion of music — the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I hope that you enjoyed everyone’s posts from last week. Our most viewed post came from Stephanie at In Her Lens, who shared some scenes from her weekend. (I’ve never been on a cruise either Stephanie! So jealous!)
Our last added link came from Sue at Image-in-ing, who shares a meatloaf recipe. If you missed some of the links added after yours, take a moment to go back and look at some of the stunning work that gets shared in the link-up each week!
Without further ado, it’s time to see what y’all have for us this weekend!