On This Day

USMC and the Flag.

Wow! What a busy weekend. For the of us who are in New Orleans we are think about the Mardi Gras parades that won’t happen. The celebrations in the quarter that will be muted.

But, wait.

There’s more. We are in the midst of the Lunar New Year. Or, as some say, the Chinese New Year. Gong Hei Fat Choi as they say in Hong Kong. Friday was the actual day, but like Carnival, CNY is celebrated for two weeks.

We are not done yet.

Today is Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day to y’all. Lot of Valentines in this house.

Normally, on the Sunday before Fat Tuesday we have a big brunch. An open house. Not this year. Our pod is our pod. Our friends and family are not in our pod. Hopefully, on day we’ll all be together. In one extended pod.

In many ways, in New Orleans, this holiday is when the pandemic exploded and surged. I’m not celebrating that. Actually it was a week or two later because Carnival like The Lunar New Year follows the — wait for it — lunar calendar.

According to the traditions of Chinese New Year, you use this time to clean your house, make amends, pay your debits. Then you visit relatives and friends. The people you visit usually give your children Lai See, little red envelopes with money stuffed in them.

All of that sounds like a good idea. Except for the little red envelopes.

Many people use the calendar new year to reassess , make resolutions and set goals. Most of those good intentions are forgotten in about a month. This would be a good time to reassess your reassessments.

And, start again.

USMC. They carry the American flag and lead each parade group. It’s their honor to be there, and it’s our honor to have them.

Some are in dress blues, others are in camo BDUs.

The marines in their BDUs are on the street to help out if there is a problem. No, they are not armed.

I made this picture just as the lead marine was getting ready to unfurl the flag. This is truly photographer’s luck.

Since I don’t machine gun my exposures, and I wait for the decisive moment, I could have just as easily missed my picture.

For this series, I did all the things I do to tone the image down and add some extra artistic stuff to it.

Stuff is right. I don’t know that the work I did adds to the photograph.

You know that Storyteller is just a giant experiment.

For all you know, I’m just a giant experiment.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Wear another mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance. Look after each other. Attempt a giant experiment.



13 responses to “On This Day”

  1. kunstkitchen Avatar

    Happy Chinese New Year.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. And, to you.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. kunstkitchen Avatar

        Hope it’s not too cold there?

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        For us, very. When I left this morning to run some errands, the car thermometer read 29 degrees. It always runs high by 4 degrees, so it was 25 degrees outside and going down.

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      3. kunstkitchen Avatar

        Oh boy. Hang in there!


  2. C.S. Young Jr. Avatar

    Hi Ray! Thought about you while having some crayfish etouflee

    Liked by 1 person

    1. C.S. Young Jr. Avatar

      … on Hilton Head Island with friends who went to LSU. Was telling them about your second line photography. 🙂 Keep experimenting!


      1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Thanks. That’s all I can do. The last second line was right after last year’s Mardi Gras.


    2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Try Crawfish Monica. Same, but with noodles.


  3. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    It’s all practice…have a happy day of celebrations Ray 💫

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Yep. We celebrate all of them. Luckily, it’s Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. Doing them on the same day would kill us.


  4. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    Perhaps we are all just a giant experiment. I really like that idea.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Probably, we are. The mad scientists from the planet of Whammy Jammy are toying with us.


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