Offerings at Marie Laveau’s Tomb

Marie Laveau was a 19th century practioner of Voodoo in New Orleans. Professionally, her occupation was as a hairdresser but she was was also a healer, midwife, and respected member of the community. Today, people continue to leave offerings at her tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Kern Studios – Inside Mardi Gras

Kern Studios is best known for creating floats for the Mardi Gras parades. Their factory offers tours and can even be rented out for functions. They discuss how Mardi Gras is celebrated in NOLA as well as the design and building process. Because this is a working factory, you get to see their artists and staff creating and assembling floats (see below). The best part of the tour (aka Mardi Gras World) is that you get to roam around the warehouse afterward taking photos. This was among our favorite things that we did in New Orleans.

Cafe Du Monde

I wanted an atypical image of this historic and popular cafe. Everyone gets photos of either the wonderful coffee and beignets or the outside awning. I was impressed by the waitstaff and how busy they were lining up to get coffee for their customers. It hints at just how busy the cafe is without showing the long line of people waiting to get in or the size of the dining area.

And for those of you looking for a photo of coffee and beignets, this one’s for you:

Christmas Time in Wilton, NH

Wilton, NH is a quirky little town with a lot of charm. It’s an old mill town with unique shops along Main Street. One feature is that a cinema runs out of the town hall. It plays both old classics as well as recent releases. I made these images shortly before Christmas when they had luminaries lighting the downtown are. The bags were decorated by local school children.