This One, Just Like This

Flambeaux on Louisiana Avenue.

Remember this one?

It’s been a long time since I won an award of any kind of consequence. I had about the same reaction that musical miss did when she was nominated for a Grammy after many years. She got emotional. Tears rolled down her cheeks. Me too.

This isn’t the biggest award in the world, but still. And, I didn’t have pay to enter. In fact, I didn’t even enter. Editors selected my work. It’s one of twelve best pictures of the year. Get it? Twelve months. Twelve pictures.

These fine, but very hot folks, are flambeaux. The hot lanterns are dripping with oil. They are so hot that the fire department lights them. Flambeaux walk in Mardi Gras parades. In the old days, before street lighting, they used to lead the parade so parade goers could see where they were going, or, what they were going to hit. Today, they are more for fun and a chance to earn a few tips. I tip generously.

See the guy looking under the fire? We know each other. Sorta. On the street. We give each other fist bumps. He tells me where he’s going to be on the line. I tip well



8 responses to “This One, Just Like This”

  1. allentimphotos2 Avatar

    You’re well deserving of this award. Your Second Line images are amazing. They are what drew me to you. Go out and celebrate.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. For all.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Debra Avatar

    Congratulations, Ray. The flambeaux are fascinating, and the photo is outstanding. Apparently others thoughts so, too! 🙂 Honor well earned and deserved!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. Blue hour. Orange flames. The scene is about as good as it gets.


  3. Terry Schmitt Avatar
    Terry Schmitt

    Smiles from the past

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Terry Schmitt, may I live and breath.


      1. Terry Schmitt Avatar
        Terry Schmitt

        Nice we both live and breath. Too many contemporaries aren’t.


      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Sorry, Terry. I have no idea who’s left the planet.


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