NOLA: People 1

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Do you find people interesting?  I do. They are one of my favorite subjects to photograph.
I read somewhere that one of the three things that makes a person interesting is their contribution (good or bad) to our culture.  In the context of that web site, that meant famous.  I think being famous has little to do with a person's contribution to their culture other than the scope of that influence.
On the Do Something Cool web site I found four more characteristics of interesting people:
1.  Risk taking
2.  Curiosity
3.  Opinionated
4.  Presence
I'm not going to elaborate on those four.  If you want to know more about them, visit the web site. 
There are many reasons I love photography.  One is a photograph's ability to convey a story.
The appearance and/or actions of all the people in these photos caught my attention.  The feelings and/or thoughts they evoked were as varied as their appearance.
This man was talkative, funny, and talented. He entertained us for a long time.
“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” ~  Fydor Dostoevsky
There were several street bands and individual musicians (including a couple of one-man bands).  Street performers are looking for attention and don't mind being photographed as a general rule. 
Dropping some money in the cup is the right thing to do especially if I'm taking a lot of shots.
I'll probably spend more time taking pictures of street performers on my next trip to the French Quarter.
“The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.” ~ Frank Barron

Audubon Zoo

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These shots aren’t exactly “perfect” – but neither is life.
On the way to the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, the cab driver got lost (not really, he just didn't know where he was going) and took us to the Audubon Zoo.  The only cameras I had with me were my iPhone and a point and shoot.  These are the snapshots I took that cold, drizzly afternoon.

Have you ever noticed that a lot of zoos have the flamingos close to the main entrance?
The Cooper Plaza Fountain was impressive.  The elephant sculptures were really nice and the whole thing was BIG! It is being remodeled with new animal sculptures this year.  If you are in the area in May, you could attend the Sponsor and Patrons Party.
This sculpture was at least 7 feet tall.
Elephants are one of my favorite animals.
Two female Asian elephants, Panya and Jean are the biggest stars at the Audubon Zoo.
Mostly I see white tigers when I go to zoos.
There are two at this zoo.  I don't know if this is Rex or Zulu.
   I enjoyed trying to take this picture.
You know those pay observation binoculars?
I took this picture shooting through one of the eye pieces.
Not very good, but it sure was fun trying to make it work. lol
If you want to see and hear the lion, watch this 15 second video.
    The Audubon Zoo had the words,
 "Animals in your face',
displayed often enough that I remember it.
I have to agree.
There were more animals 'in my face' there than any other zoo I've visited.
Christy petted this chinchilla.  I don't know, but maybe it was Coleco
She also petted the goats.
I petted some big tortoises, but was too busy petting to take pictures of them. 
Feeding a giraffe looked like messy fun.
I didn't want to pet this little fellow
     or this one.
 I believe this was an Asian Black Bear.
We got to the wrong place and had a great time.

Haunted History Tour B&W

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These are a few of the black and white photos I took the night I went on the Haunted History Tours Ghost tour.
This is the tour group I was with.
Walking the streets at night, it is easy to see the French Quarter as haunted.
Tour guide
A narrow street or wide sidewalk along side St. Louis Cathedral.
  I'm not sure why it is inside this building unless it is related to Katrina in some way.
The Shadow of God ~ Babyboomerjill
I liked taking pictures of this statue and the shadow at St. Louis Cathedral 
I really enjoyed the trip to New Orleans.
Maybe I'll get to go again one day.