July 27, 2014

Making a Nest

Mockingbird Nest Building

This photograph was taken on the Island while I was home visiting my mother back in 2011.  Our backyard was always full of birds.  I captured this busy mockingbird in the process of gathering grass and twigs to build a nest.

St. Louis Cathedral

St. Louis Cathedral - New Orleans, Louisiana - 2012

The photograph above was taken in December of 2012 while visiting the Crescent City with family.

St. Louis Cathedral - New Orleans, Louisiana - 2012

This photograph captures a portion of the inside of the St. Louis Cathedral.  My photographs do not do justice to the beauty of this place.

St. Louis Cathedral - New Orleans, Louisiana - 2012


July 26, 2014

My Early Years - Junior High and Riding the Bus

Martin Junior High School

In the Fall of 1971, I began fifth grade at Martin Junior High School.  This school had originally been Martin High School and prior to integration, was only attended by black students.

Martin Jr. High School

Attending Martin Jr. High meant no more walking down the sidewalk to and from school.  I would now need to ride a school bus.  I had always been envious of my friends who lived in the country and had ridden school buses since beginning first grade.  My school bus driver throughout junior high was Mr. Leo Nelson.

Leo Nelson - Standing on the far left

July 24, 2014

Thinkin' on Things

My Father in one of his favorite spots

My father loved sitting outside, drinking coffee, visiting with old friends and thinkin' on things.  In the photograph above he is sitting out in our backyard in one of his favorite spots.  The old shack behind him on the left is still standing.  You can also see the back of some of the stores on Newman Avenue; the main drag on the Island.

The old green table where he is sitting was actually twice as long as what is shown in the photograph. Many birthday parties were held around this old green table.  Lots of hot Louisiana summer days saw watermelons sliced and devoured from this same table.

July 23, 2014

Mystery Photograph #12

Mystery Photograph #12

Another photograph found in the belongings of my great, grand aunt, Lena Rhoda Steele McLelland who was born and raised in Limestone County, Texas.  She and her husband, James A. "Jim" McLelland moved to Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana between 1900 and 1910 where they lived for the remainder of their lives.