Continuing our occasional series on landscape, I thought I’d share a few images from near home.
A cool front (the first in weeks) promised some relief from the heat and humid air but stalled out last night and gave us only clouds and light rain. But we could not have hoped for better. Not here. Not in July.
I picked up my friend Ida between showers and we made a quick tour of the Mississippi levee, starting near the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, where they’ve built a rather grand access to the levee top. We worked our way south along River Road, back and forth as the river goes, past my house and much new construction and by all appearances back in time the farther we drove from Baton Rouge. We stopped somewhere in the 1950s (St. Gabriel) and took a left back to Highway 30 and home. Here’s a little of what we saw…
The new on-ramp to the levee walk
The view toward downtown
A working river
Back below the river and heading south
Classical FEMA Architecture in one of my old hawking fields
A crepe myrtle for Reid
A ruin from plantation days
A ruin from farming days
Cattle and cattle egrets
Some great faces!
Sugar cane: The region’s King Crop
A new road through the cane, outlining a new housing tract