Sunday, August 12, 2012

If You Get Lucky, You Get a Family That Understands You

White Ibis, Lafreniere Park, Metairie, La.

Last week, my sisters, my Mom and I had a little outing in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans.  It was pretty low-key, a little shopping at Whole Foods and lunch. You know, the type of thing you do when you're out and about.

The last stop of the day was to show my Mother one of my sister Elisa's favorite spots, Lafreniere Park.  The park is known as a bird sanctuary and for its free-range bunnies and chickens. Oh, and there's a carousel.

As I drove the car around the park, we rounded a bend and there were about a gazillion white ibis.  I think that I squealed.  "Are those white ibis?" I asked.  "Yes," Elisa said.  "Oh, I've never seen white ibis in person."  "Do you have your camera?" someone asked.  "Yes, and I've never taken photos of white ibis," I said.  

Everyone in the car told me to stop to take photos.  Everyone.  It was New Orleans, Louisiana summertime hotSticky, take your breath away hot.  I worried, "There is no shade here to park.  I'll have to park in the sun." Everyone in the car said I should stop anyway.  So, I did.

Good family lets you take time to take photos even when it feels like it is 100 degrees outside and they are stuck waiting in your car.


  1. It was a good day and your excitement over photographing the ibis was fun.

  2. Very understanding of them to acknowledge your passion for nature photography. I'd keep 'em if I were you. ;)


  3. I applaud their decision. Good shot!

  4. Yes good family does.....Sweet of them.
    Unusual looking birds I must say.Thanks for sharing the photo.Your an amazing photographer~

  5. It was not too,too hot. (Besides, I was sitting on the shady side of the car.) And the birds were fun to watch, both the Ibis and the black swans. And it was a lovely park and a lovely day. And the pictures were worth it, wern't they? Love Mom

  6. Thanks Fragilewisdom. Still sorry you didn't have your camera.

    LowandSlow, I think I will keep them. Them's good people.

    Fijufic, thanks.

    Silentwhisper, thanks! They're fun little critters aren't they? I love those bills.

    Thank you Mom for stopping by. It was a nice a day. We'll definitely need to do it again.

  7. Lovely photo, as usual!

    Let's see how long THIS comment lasts.....

  8. The disappearing comment saga continues, it seems.


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