New Orleans – Music

If there’s one thing that people associate with New Orleans as much as great food, it’s great music. Talented musicians abound and it’s difficult to walk very far without being impressed. These pictures are but a glimpse into the music we experienced during our stay.

Music at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

A brass band at a bar on Frenchman Street – a two block stretch of clubs and bars that comes alive with music at night

The Paulin Brothers’ Brass Band

Washboard player in a Zydeco band on Bourbon Street

New Orleans – Food

I’d like to continue New Orleans Week here on my blog with a subject that is very close to my heart: food. New eating experiences are one of my favorite aspects of travel, so I was particularly excited about sampling the world famous cuisine of the Crescent City. The food of Louisiana is a blend of French, Spanish, Italian, African, Native American, Cajun, and even Chinese traditions, creating food and flavors that are truly unique. The choices for classic Louisiana dishes are near limitless in New Orleans, and I tried to sample as many as possible. To catalog some of the delicacies I experienced: gumbo, jambalaya, cracklings, red beans and rice, and Gulf oysters on the half shell ($1 a piece and the largest I’ve ever had), along with everything you see pictured below. Needless to say, we did not go hungry during our stay.

First meal in New Orleans at Ignatius Eatery

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Catfish Po’ Boy

Central Grocery – An old-fashioned Italian-American grocery store

Home of the Original Muffuletta

Café du Monde

This 24 hour coffee shop is famous for its chicory blended coffee and French-style beignets

An obligatory Hurricane

Slim Goodies Diner – an amazing breakfast spot in the Garden District

Crawfish Etouffee

Guatemalan Slammer

French Quarter Signs

Elizabeth’s Restaurant

New Orleans – Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour

In honor of it being Fat Tuesday and the week of Mardis Gras, I’ve decided to publish a number of posts of pictures from a trip to New Orleans that never found their way onto this blog for some reason.

Back at the end of August 2011, while the east coast was preparing to battle Hurricane Irene, Ashley and I were enjoying a hurricane extended stay in the Big Easy. New Orleans had long been at the top of my list of domestic destinations to visit, so with my brother Michael living there at the time, and a friend graciously offering up her apartment in which to stay, it was the perfect opportunity for a visit. We arrived in the evening, and after a few introductory cocktails Bouligny Tavern, we retired early in order to be ready for our first adventure early the next morning, a tour of Honey Island Swamp about an hour outside of the city. Our guide, a swamp bred Cajun named Captain Ted, led us deep into one of the best preserved swampland habitats in the United States. We encountered birds, racoons and plenty of gators while cruising through the beautiful yet unforgiving environment.

Cajun Encounters

The Swamp

Dead Slow – No Wake

Spider in the Boat

Captain Ted

More Swamp

A curious family of raccoons that followed us along the swamp bank

Captain Ted feeding Big Al, a 13 foot alligator

Williamsburg Warehouse Fire

Williamsburg Warehouse Fire

There is currently a storage warehouse fire in my neighborhood that has grown to 7-alarms. Since the warehouse stores primarily paper documents, the fire is expected to last for WEEKS!!!! I decided to wander down to the scene today to take a look. Cleanup crews are working to remove the charred debris littering the banks of the East River, while the FDNY continue to struggle to extinguish the blaze from both water and land.

Kent Ave

Kent Ave

Debris From the Fire

Debris

Debris

Cleaning Crew

Cleaning Debris

Fireboat

Frozen Building

Frozen Building

FDNY

FDNY

Photo Round-Up – January 29, 2015

McCaren Park

Once upon a time there was a feature on this blog called “The Weekly Round-Up” where I would dump my favorite photos from the previous week. In the spirit of trying to revive this blog, I figured I would resurrect this series, however not necessarily on a weekly basis. So here’s a regular “Photo Round-Up” of some shots dating back to summer of 2014.

Portraits

Baby BW

Hipster Poet

Artist

Street Portrait

Some Sort of Mexican Related Parade

Parade

Looking Up

Looking Up

Looking Up

Building

Air Conditioning Grate

Window

Williamsburg/Greenpoint Border

Williamsburg to Greenpoint

Deere

Deere

Bedford Ave

Bedford Ave

Bedford Ave

Window Condensation

Window Condensation

ok ok

ok ok

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal

Phone Booth

Phone Booth

Blizzard 2015 – The Blizzard Begins

Grand Central BW

Bedford Av 1 BW

Blue Cruise on the Turkish Riviera – St. Nicholas Island

Panorama

It’s been about a year and half since I traveled to Turkey, and I still have a great deal to share from the journey. I’ve previously posted photos from our Blue Cruise (see here and here), and this will be the third and final entry from that incredible experience.

Our final night aboard the boat was spent just off of St. Nicolas Island. Located near the Turkish city of Fethiye, the island is scattered with churches and ruins dating back to between the fourth and sixth centuries AD. The final morning of the cruise we were given the opportunity to explore the impressive ruins, and take in the spectacular views.

Sea

Neighboring Boat

Boat

Local Mechanics Repairing Our Anchor – Earlier in the day when our captain attempted to raise the anchor so that we could make our way to this location, everyone was quite surprised when the anchor wouldn’t budge. It took a combination of crew members and passengers to pull the incredibly heavy anchor off of the sea floor so that we could proceed. Luckily, these guys were nearby to get the anchor back in working order, chain-smoking all the while.

Mechanics

Gözleme Prepared Boatside

Gözleme

Sunset

Sunset

Hiking Around St. Nicholas Island

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking

Skull

Amazing Views

Panorama

Views

Views

Cartagena, Colombia

Pano

Here are some more shots from last year’s trip to Colombia, this time from the colonial city of Cartagena. While it is a lovely, picturesque town, Cartagena was my least favorite part of our trip. It was extremely touristy, and lacked some of the warmth that I experienced elsewhere in the country. That being said, it did not lack for photo opportunities.

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Views from Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Castillo San Felipe de Barajas

Convento La Popa de la Galera

Convento La Popa de la Galera

Convento La Popa de la Galera

Convento La Popa de la Galera

Convento La Popa de la Galera

Convento La Popa de la Galera

Our Hotel – Casa La Fe

A nice hotel, aside from shockingly rude owner whom we had the displeasure of communicating with via e-mail.

Casa La Fe

Casa La Fe

Casa La Fe

Streets of Cartagena

Streets of Cartagena

Cartagena

Streets of Cartagena

Streets of Cartagena

Cartagena

Cartagena

Streets of Cartagena

Streets of Cartagena

Torre del Reloj

Torre Del Reloj

Wall Around The City

Wall

Wall

The Pets

Hi everyone, and welcome to my first blog post of 2015. Last year was not a good one for this blog, nor for my photography in general. I seemed to neglect it, rarely carrying my camera with me. This resulted in a laughably low THREE blog posts for all of 2014, down from a high of 99 in 2010. I fully intend to change that this year. I hope to return to photographing regularly, as well as share a great deal of work that has never made it to this blog. I thought an appropriate way to turn this new leaf would be to post some pictures of some of my most photographed subjects – the pets.

Tucker

Tucker

Tucker

Winston

Winston

Winston

Dog Walk

Ashley and Dogs

Kosmo

Kosmo

Kosmo

Antioquia, Colombia

Horse

After yet another lengthy absence from my neglected blog, I felt inspired to post something new. In February, Ashley and I headed south to Colombia for our annual trip abroad. Our first stop was the city of Medellín, the once incredibly violent, but recently transformed capital of the department of Antioquia. As part of our stay here, we took a guided tour through the coffee region of Antioquia. What follows are photos of one of the most beautiful, lush landscapes I have ever seen.

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Mountain Views

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horse

Guide, Andres

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

We toured a coffee farm, where we got to see the coffee process from start to finish

Growing Coffee Beans

Coffee Beans

Coffee Beans

Beans heading to be washed

Coffee Beans

Coffee farmer, also named Andres, tending his coffee beans that are drying in the sun

Drying Beans

Bags for the Beans – each can hold almost 90lbs

Coffee Bag

Alma Del Café – Soul of CoffeeAlma Del Cafe

Guacamole y Patacones

Guacamole y Patacones

After the horseback ride, we took a short drive to the picturesque town of Jardín

Jardín

Basilica Menor de la Inmaculada Conception

Church

Church

Church