The Carousel gardens in NOLA’s city park is an amusement park filled with rides for children of all ages, and receives its name sake from the historic carousel within the park. The main entrance pf this New Orleans treasure pictureslquly sits among the towering live oaks in City Park , and holds a special place in the hearts of families throughout the generations.
Only in New Orleans can you find a street famous for its parties and night life, and at the same time find historic charms. As you make your way away from the ruckus towards Esplanade, Bourbon St. begins to transform, replacing bars and nightclubs with historic shotguns and creole cottages. Like this shot of a bracketed shotgun with the added charms of our historic lamp post, an iconic image of NOLA.
The evening’s fading light cast beautiful glow over the peaceful Greenwood Cemetery one of the largest in NOLA. The shadowed silhouette of the bronze elk adorns a tomb erected in 1912 for the Elks Lodge in New Orleans.
Stretching from downtown to the river near Audubon park, Magazine St. is a main artery through historic uptown. The street is filled with a lively mix of retail and and historic homes. The name is believed to date to the time the Spanish ruled New Orleans. “Magazine” meaning warehouse, with its proximity to the Port of New Orleans in its easy to picture the street filled with warehouses of goods ready to be exported.
Some hitching post are newly created to resemble those of the past, many are historic some older than others and time has aged each one with its own patina. This horse post sits along Esplanade near the corner of Royal St, just outside the French Quarter and it presents the perfect example of how the elements can age such a historic feature of our city.
This past weekend we went out to enjoy the beautiful weather and natural light that filled the streets of the French Quarter. As we walked we caught this shot of a typical shotgun home, the bright blue paint almost fades right into the clear blue skies.
Now that the Mardi Gras season is over the cleanup and recovery begins. The aftermath of the whirlwind festivities has left its mark throughout the city. Much like this crape myrtle along St. Charles Ave, nearly every tree and lantern along the parade routs have become adorned with the glimering Mardi Gras beads.
At the main entrance to iconic Gallier Hall sit two statues holding torches as if they are inviting all to enter. This grand building and its distinctive architecture was once home to New Orleans City Hall until 1957.
With its prime location near the mouth of the Mississippi to its fertile surroundings for crops, its no wonder the city is littered with reminents of a defensive past. This cannon near the french market is just one of those many reminders of the city’s strategic location throughout history.
New Orleans city park is filled with bayous and and ancient tributaries, each having a bridge spanning one shore to the other. With so many waterways its almost as if the entire park is mad up of islands each unique from the other. This bridge is set deep with in the bayou greenery.