Garden Party

All a glow.


Sunday photograph. Something bright and colorful for those of you who are still digging out of the wintery white stuff, which is a large part of the country. It’s already been some winter. And, there is a polar vortex coming.

It’ll probably start raining fish like it did in Texas a week or two ago. Everything happens in Texas. Cold snaps without fuel. Hurricanes. Ted Cruz.

After that?

I probably don’t want to know because so far 2022 hasn’t been a whole lot better than the last two years. If anything, it’s been weirder. And, the latest variant of Covid is surging beyond all surges.

Some say this version is milder. Some say it isn’t.

All I know is hospital staffs are fighting with their very tired backs against the wall. Up in Montana nurses are coming from all over the world, but mostly from Southeast Asia.

Imagine coming from a country like Thailand where it’s always hot and humid and green. Now you are in Montana. In the winter. It’s freezing cold. It’s snowing. You have no idea where you are.

Sounds fun.

Would you do it? In reverse.

That’s mostly how bad it is out there. And yet, I look at pictures from the first parade of Carnival season and maybe 25% of the people there were wearing masks. If you’ve never been to any parade in New Orleans let’s just say it’s fun but it’s chaos. People are in your face, pressed against you, breathing on you and — after a couple of drinks — spitting in your face.

None of this is malicious. In fact, it’s all friendly. But, these days friendly can be fatal.

And, that’s why I’m on the shelf for Mardi Gras.



4 responses to “Garden Party”

  1. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    Love love love this photograph! What, when, where? How did you do it?

    And, speaking as a Texan, I wish you were wrong when you said “everything happens in Texas”. ☹️ Thank you for not listing all of the recent icky things.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Probably last spring and it was on my camera roll. In my neighborhood. A couple of ways. I moved the slider in the wrong direction essentially overexposed it. When I was finishing it in One I was looking at global modifications called Autumn. I saw the result and liked it.

      I’m waiting for Texas to leave the country. The US will be better off. Even Granny Sue agrees and she lives there.

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  2. Penny Avatar

    Love this photo. Somehow Endymion having their coronation ball last night seemed really risky. No parades for us this year even in this calmer Uptown neighborhood.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I’m pretty sure that I’ll never photograph another Mardi Gras again.


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