May 11, 2009

A Cajun Musical Adventure

Arriving. The parking lot...

The Savoy Family Band...

Ahh! The dancers...

Blurry blue dancers...

A nightly dance, as part of the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week, held annually at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, Louisiana.
Driving miles, and miles, through dark woods until finally approaching a lively scene:
a beautifully lit tent, glowing and embracing you like a spicy womb.
Dancers of all ages but mostly middle aged and beyond, circling a wooden dance floor imported for the occasion.
Each couple has such a distinct rhythym, but when your eyes relax a little and you allow yourself to view the entire room at once, everyone is part of one giant rhythym, escorted through the movements by the musicians themselves...
Célébrez votre héritage!!

May 7, 2009

Mighty Mississippi?

It may look like a giant, placid lake, but this is indeed the mighty Mississippi, flowing just past Baton Rouge. You are looking at the runoff from 2/3's of the United States and 2 provinces of Canada.

Glorious garden!

My friend in the garden he created from scratch . Not bad for a broke 22-year old kid, huh?