Sunday, September 20, 2015

Haunted New Orleans

Is there any better place to visit in October than New Orleans?  I think not.  With its ghost walks, eerie cemeteries, and haunted past, New Orleans is my number 1 place to visit around Halloween.  I highly recommend the French Quarters and Cemetery Tour.  I found it both fun and informative.  They take you to the famous St Louis Cemetery #1 and walk you around to various haunted locations in the French Quarter.  You will see balconies wonderfully decorated with spider webs and skulls.  The atmosphere is both electric and spooky.   

If you are lucky enough to be visiting on October 31st, there are some very cool activities going on in the city.  You will find details here:  The Times-Picayune  (I love that they have a "Ghost Sightings Forum" and "Vampire Sightings Forum" on their site.)  

No matter what time of year you visit New Orleans, you must visit the lovely New Orleans Botanical Garden.  It is my go-to place when things get a little too "wild" in the French Quarter.  The kids will, no doubt, love Ghost in the Oaks and the Fall Garden Festival.  It is a lovely place to take photos.  

You will find some more great activities during October, online at New Orleans Official Guide.

If you like ghost stories, like me, you might want to check out the local bookstores for books written about New Orleans' haunted history.  There are some very cool used bookstores in the French Quarter.  Check them out at:  New Orleans Bookstores

While in New Orleans, here are some other fun things to do:  10 Best Things to Do in New Orleans

The WWII Museum is simply amazing!  A Swamp Tour is a must!

Basically, any time of the year is a good time to visit New Orleans.  But, if you happen to be there during October, you are in for a real treat, especially if you like ghost stories and haunted history.  

To see artwork and photos of New Orleans that you can buy as prints, canvases and various other decor, check out Fine Art America's great collection:  New Orleans

My favorite New Orleans painter:  Diann Parks

My favorite book to read before visiting New Orleans:  Very New Orleans

My photo gallery on Fine Art America:  New Orleans

Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon.  :)


Sunday, September 13, 2015


Photography can turn you into a bird watcher.  Just look at me.  A few years ago, I didn't even notice all the birds in Florida and I guess you could say, I took them for granted.  But now, with trusty camera  in hand, I have become quite the birder.  My office is filled with bird books and I'm proud to say that I can now identify most common birds and their songs.  Birding, for me, is fun and challenging.  Working with the light, focusing on small moving flyers means you have to constantly adjust your settings.  Going on walks to 'hunt' for birds has kept me in shape and is very relaxing.  

One of my favorite places to bird watch is the Birdsong Nature Center in Thomasville, Georgia.  The trails are amazing and they have a lovely viewing room where you can watch cardinals (above) and hummingbirds flit and flutter right in front of you.  Another wonderful feature is the Listening Place, where you can sit in a screened-in shelter and just listen to all the birds singing around you.  

Probably my favorite birds to photograph in Florida are Sandhill Cranes.  They walk around our neighborhoods like they own the place (which they do) and are so fun to watch.  In the springtime, they bring their chicks into the yard as if to show them off.  It is fascinating to watch the chicks follow their parents around, learning how to hunt and to fly.  

Brown Pelicans are everywhere along the Florida coast and are also fun to 'shoot'.  Visit any fishing pier and you will find them graciously posing.  They will entertain you with constant fly-bys, dips in the water and forever preening sessions.  They are quite the showoffs.  

My favorite bird identifying book is Smithsonian Handbooks Birds of North America.  

To see all of my bird photos on Fine Art America:  BIRDS