Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Stained Glass, St. Marys, New Orleans

Stained Glass, St. Marys, New Orleans

I loved the vibrant blue. The whole church was drenched in bright, joyful colors. I wasn't used to that! :)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The (Not Really) Naked Cowboy of Times Square

I have to assume he's a regular street entertainer there. He's got the special underwear and everything! :)

The Naked Cowboy of Times Square

The Naked Cowboy of Times Square

I love how the crowd is afraid to look directly at him.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Wig Store, New Orleans

Wig store

Happy Birthday, Dad!

The store and the birthday have nothing in common. I just liked the shot. :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

The French Quarter, as seen from the convent grounds

French Quarter from the Convent Grounds

Almost looks more like Europe than it does an American city, doesn't it?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Buddha Banks

Buddha banks, front

Buddha banks, back

Taken in New Orleans, spring 2008. I assume they are Buddhas -- they might not be!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Hail, Hail, the gang's all here!

The last three of the series from yesterday...

Francis Xavier Seelos

Francis Xavier Seelos: The leader of the group. Probably a little bossy, but he means well.

Cornelia Peacock Connelly

Cornelia Peacock Connelly: What a sour, smug expression. I can't get over how rude she looks praying.

Henriette Delille

Henriette Delille: The pretty one. Cornelia hates her for her perfect hairdo and big earrings.

I think the expressions of the three become more prominent when you see them together. They are truly a motley crew, and not in a hair band kind of way!

Hail, hail, the gang's all here

Best viewed in large.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Ursuline Convent Garden Statues

Ursuline Convent Gardens

Taken at the Ursuline Convent Museum, a quiet oasis tucked away in the middle of the French Quarter in New Orleans. The six statues are praying to another statue of Mary and baby Jesus, which is befitting at St. Mary's Church, the church adjacent to the convent. Female saints and religious icons played a strong role here, moreso than I remember seeing in any church in a very long time. But the expressions on the statues in this setting were remarkably real and not nearly as beatific as I expected.

Francis Xavier Cabrini

Francis Xavier Cabrini: The bowtie is distinctive, but it's the almost sly look on his face that makes this statue so striking to me.

M. Katharine Drexel

M. Katharine Drexel: Her plain, broad features stand out. She also has one of the few genuinely devout and sincere expressions of the statues. But she also looks a little glum, don't you think?

Rose Phillipine Duchesne

Rose Phillipine Duchesne: She makes praying look like hard, joyless work.

3 more tomorrow!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Praying Hands on a Decorated Hearse

Praying Hands on a Decorated Hearse

Details on the roof of a super-decorated hearse we spotted in the French Quarter in New Orleans. Many more photos to come.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beads on the Wire

Beads on the Wire

Of course, in New Orleans, you expect to see beads everywhere. But there really were EVERYWHERE: on roofs, in trees, over statue ears, on telephone wires. Not just in the French Quarter, either; we saw them in residential neighborhoods, in the business district, any place you looked up you would see beads.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blues on the River

Trumpet player on the River

A street performer in the French Quarter, New Orleans, spring 2008.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Verandas in New Orleans

Verandas in New Orleans

The French Quarter in the spring. So pretty.

(Yes, I am back. I will try to post every day this week, I promise. I have New York and New Orleans photos to share!)