Musings from the Darkroom: Life Axioms – Aging

Truisms continue to reveal themselves, often while thinking about photography, taking or admiring photos and sometimes in the solitude of my laptop virtual darkroom.

Life Axiom:  It’s a sad day when you get to the point where you can comb your hair with a towel.

Musings from the Darkroom: Dog Days II – To Sing a Mockingbird


Friday morning, in his favorite perch in the bush under the foxtail palm, this fellow greeted me with news that the Dog Days of Summer are officially over.  This is the first time he’s sung in weeks.  The timing is uncanny with Friday being September 21st, the last day of Summer.  Below, he is yelping from atop the tallest tree in the neighborhood.

Hershel’s Quick Stop

Again, one of my favorite subjects, the country store.  All the better when they also sell fishing tackle.  Everything a good ol’ boy like myself could need.  Unfortunately, they stopped selling gas about 3 dollars ago.  I found this gem in Otter Creek, Florida on US Hwy 19 at CR24.  It is just across 24 from the Otter Creek Post Office.

Rabalais Seafood Market

Not a bad bite of food to be had at this fine Cajun establishment in Simmsport, La.  All the external marketing needed found right there in the paintjob and signage.  Note the screened in “outdoor” kitchen…pretty hot for the chef for a good part of the year.  There is some missing metal roof, this was right after hurricane Isaac.  I especially like the cool crawfish wearing the sunglasses and white rubber boots.  Oh yeah, don’t forget the obligatory alligator in the flower bed.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life – Making Groceries

Making groceries at the Pig in Simmsport, Louisiana. “Making groceries” is a Creole to English language phrase from New Orleans that has managed to endure cultural tempering and is still used by many in south Louisiana to describe a trip to the grocery store.  The theme song for a long lived but unfortunately no longer existing New Orleans based grocery store chain, Schwegmann’s, proudly proclaimed, “making groceries Schwegmann’s style!”  In this case, groceries are being made at another one of my favorite southern rural places, Piggly Wiggly.

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