Sometimes you just get the perfect shot with ALL of your friends in one spot at the same time. I love this shot of John, Mike and Barbara at Friday night's Bunch Club Carnival Dance.This was quite a feat for me-a 10pm start time is way past my bedtime, dancing my heart out in high heels, and then getting home at 3:30am when I'm usually starting my days
Barbara and I teased that if we turned into pumpkins at midnight, it was okay. But, we were having so much fun we were still dancing at 1:30. We even headed to La Peniche for a late night sandwich before going home. We found other Bunch Club celebrants there as well. And you know, I'd do it all over again. Thanks to John and Mike for the invitation, and sharing family and friends around the table! Happy Mardi Gras!
My pal Carol Miles has been a "Diva" since the organization began back in 2002. I've never made it to see them march, so yesterday was a real treat.
The husbands dress up like Elvis, do the Elvis point and stand down, and Keith even had a stamp that said "Elvis Slept Here". We all lined up to have our hands stamped!
The Divas Headquarter at Arnaud's, so everyone lined up over there. I got to talking to a photographer from Baton Rouge named David, who was there to take shots for some friends. We traded stories while we waited for the Divas. Carol likes to tease me that I could hold a conversation with a brick wall...it always makes me smile. David turned out to be fun AND shared some very special DIVA loot with me. Jan and Gaden Robert were there too, and Carol and Keith's daughter Emma is a Diva, as well. Jan said I should march with them, but I'm more of a photographer and less of a marcher these days. The timing does fit into my 4-4-4 plan, but I don't think I have the patience to bead the elaborate bustiers and costumes they make. I leave you with my "Diva Treat" from Dave (someone gave him 2) and a collage of some favorite photos from the march. Happy Mardi Gras!
I don't usually think much about my first Mardi Gras. By now, most of my friends and family are Mardi Gras Pros.
This year, not only do I have the first Mardi Gras excitement of my students; but my friend Ron Milburn is coming down from St. Louis to share Mardi Gras with me. It's his first Mardi Gras too! I expect to see Mardi Gras through a whole new set of eyes. I already know that: mine starts today on my own with Carol Miles and the Divas marching in the Quarter, and then at 10pm (yes, I said 10pm) this evening, Barbara and I are going to the Bunch Club Carmival Dance at the invitation of John Wilson and Mike Edwards.
Ron arrives sometime after noon tomorrow...just in time for the Endymion parade. We're trying to hang loose and have fun...we have lots of invitations, and so much to pick from. Over the next few days, look for Mardi Gras Shots Through Virgin eyes. Hmmm, maybe I should say "older eyes" too!
Sometimes it's the silly little things you miss about a place. St. Cirq Lapopie was the siren that pulled me back to France time and again, before I made Cadrieu home. This guy is everywhere. It makes no difference if I discover him wandering the streets of St. Cirq Lapopie alone, or he pops up in the midst of my many many photos; I miss him. Here's to my many four-legged friends of St. Cirq Lapopie. I'll be seeing you soon!
During May of 1996, Mom and I spent a week together in Paris. It was only the beginning for me. I still had two more weeks of travel, fun and life-changing experiences ahead...Barcelona, a train strike, Tarascon sur Ariege, Toulouse, Cahors and Tour de Faure.
Mom's favorite was Giverny. It always amazes me that you get such great photos there rain or shine. I've been twice. It's rained both times.
After that trip, Mom made a beautiful quilted collage for me of "Treausured Moments". And, they were.