The River

New Orleans from the Westbank.


‘ve had two useless days in a row. A friend of mine says there are no useless days. She’s wrong.

Let’s just start with today. We had a power failure before noon. The power companies estimate for restoring power was 4:20 pm today. To their credit they had us up and running around 1:15 pm.

When the computer shuts down like that it takes forever to get things running smoothly again. Apps are funky as well. It took me a good thirty minutes just to load this one. Even now I’m getting speed mystery type. That’s when you type, nothing shows up, and then a whole line of type appears.

At this rate, I’ll get about 15 minutes worth of work done in just four hours.

I decided to publish good pictures that you haven’t seen, no matter where I made them. We’ll start today with the City of New Orleans and our massive downtown. Massive if you live in some little place.

I’m not going to be photographing little pictures for a while. It’s just not the same without Sophie Rose.

You understand.


his picture is more about seeing than anything else. If you can’t see this you’d better quit photograph or else you are blind.

This is a fairly accurate representation of what I saw when I blindly stopped the car and made the photograph.

I did darken the picture which brought out more color. But, I didn’t add to the color. In fact, I scrubbed the mid-tones of the red on the ship to bring the color out.

That’s what I did, alright.

Oh yeah, the other useless day. Yesterday.

I awoke at about the normal time. I worked until about 10am when I started feeling groggy so I thought a little morning nap might be in order.

I awoke at just before 2:30pm.

Four hours.

I’ve been talking with some friends and they’ve been doing that too. We believe it’s our way of coping with extreme stress.

That’s better than a stroke or a heart attack.



13 responses to “The River”

  1. budhathokiasmin997526 Avatar


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  2. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    I’m so behind Ray … Sophie Rose 🤔🐶🤓… sending you all good things … om shanti peace … I’ve been away and that’s been good to lower the stressors of this 1.5 years … big sigh … my grandson has refilled my soul this week 👼🙏 sending joy hedy

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. I miss her terribly. The other dogs are confused and sad. I won’t travel until Sep. I could use a little travel about now.


  3. rothpoetry Avatar

    A great shot of the city Ray! The light is just perfect! Sounds like the big storm played all kinds of games with you. It mostly went below us here. We did get some much needed rain out of it!


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. It’s storm season. We expect 6 named storms this year. Those may be hurricanes. We’ll see.

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      1. rothpoetry Avatar

        Happens every year like clockwork… some big … some little… some devastating!

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        This is way higher than normal. You probably don’t have a form of ptsd from losing a house to Katrina. But. What do I know? Maybe you did.

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      3. rothpoetry Avatar

        No I do not have that loss thankfully. That would be traumatizing for sure. I do remember when Camille come through many years ago. That was pretty devastating as well.

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      4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Why do you keep trying to marginalize my experience?

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      5. rothpoetry Avatar

        I am sorry… if that is the way it came across!

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