I was up at 5am for an early bird walk, catching the pre-dawn (blackbirds) and dawn birdsong of robins, wrens, blackcaps, chaffinches, and dunnocks. All this was finished off with a big mug of steaming Rosy Lee and a bacon or veg. butty!
new boots, and a rhyme with orange- copper sunrise
Can you identify the speeding bird?
(all photographs by Alan Snappy Summers)
crime scene- a witness speeds off as I call in his car I.D.
The tornado that hit New Orleans last week passed a few miles from my home at 3:30 a.m. I just felt the some effects of it.
hard raindrops in my dream - hailstorm wakes me
blowing wind strange not the hurricane sound
With the Mardi Gras season in full swing, more people are in my neighborhood, because it's close to the start of the parade routes. People also invite family and friends to spend some time in the city.
smell of warmth - barbecue grill cooking hamburgers
jazzy song- marching band playing
celebration at midnight muscians' notes at corner bar
If you post in the COMPOSE mode, even though the print appears bold, when it's published, it will be white and not bold.
If you decide to change the default color, make sure you BOLD your words and test it out when you PUBLISH it.
I have a new computer at work, and sometimes I can't read what some people have written.
I recently added some colors for my Mardi Gras haiku. The yellow, green, and purple were not "true to life" but I adjusted them so that others could read it. It took a few attempts before I could read it.
When I returned to my non-flooded home in New Orleans on October 2005, the city had a 6 p.m. curfew for a couple of months. As soon as the sun sets, the Army and Coast Guard helicopters would start flying, searching for curfew breakers.
Now, during Carnival season, the helicopters are flying again. It's for crowd control and maybe, searching for terrorists.
helicopter sounds not for curfew so - a parade!
red engine sound helicopter the Coast Guard
before the fun starts helicopter circles the route
Many parts of New Orleans are still under renovation after Hurricane Katrina. The New Orleans Police force can't patrol all the city, so Gov. Blanco has assigned the Louisiana National Guard to assist in the patrols.
They are soldiers and drive sandy colored Humvees.
A neutral ground is the New Orleans word for any median.
When the Louisiana Purchase took place in 1803, the French and Spaniards resented the U.S. presence. The only places they could meet peacefully was on Canal Street, which had a large median and divided the original settlement from the American sector.
Neutral ground now applies to all medians in the city.
The St. Charles streetcar (or trolley) is not fully operational yet. Hurricane Katrina knocked down the electrical lines that power the streetcars.
The streetcars operated on one of the larger neutral grounds in the city.
Humvee parked on neutral ground no accident with streetcar
soldiers on dinner break Humvee on neutral ground waits