Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Orleans Marina (Sundays In My City)

A long time ago, when dinsosaurs roamed the earth, I was renting a tiny apartment near the corner of Robert E Lee and West End on the southshore of Lake Ponchartrain. I often bicycled toward West End Park where one could enjoy sights in the New Orleans Marina as well as view the other parts of New Orleans in the distance across the waters.

Hurricane Katrina was particularly hard for the folks near West End. By that time, I had moved  to a house near the Mississippi on the other side of the city, where the land was a good 10 feet above sea level. I didn't even have a puddle form in my yard for the monster storm. Some places on the lake were swept out to sea, leaving pilings to mark their graves. Boats were tossed throughout the city as waters took them to peculiar places. Slowly, but surely, the formerly crippled lakefront has made a strong recovery.

It's heartening to see continued renewal in New Oreans after the devastation of that terrible storm. Likewise, I am appreciating the time over the past few months as I seek renewal in my personal life. An afternoon walking along the lakeshore always lifts my spirits.






Unknown Mami

As always, Sundays In My City are linked to Unknown Mami.

16 comments:

Vidya Sury said...

The photos are all beautiful, but somehow I love the boat. I can imagine how enjoyable that walk must be! :)

Happy 2014 Laurie!

Judy said...

I am glad to hear that New Orleans is bouncing back and so are you. Great photos and reminders!

John Calypso said...

The stripped boat caught my eye as well - nicely done!

unknownmami said...

The last photograph is just wonderful.

Nita said...

Beautiful post both photos and your thoughts. Wishing you and New Orleans a happy and prosperous 2014.

Laurie Matherne said...

John, old reminders of the storm are hard to find these days. I liked the boat, too.

Laurie Matherne said...

Vidya, I was happy to return to my old neighborhood for a quiet walk. However, it's been unusually cold this year, and so, being so near the water, the walk was not as pleasant as I had hoped.

Laurie Matherne said...

Judy, I am glad to see my city showing resilence and determination.

Laurie Matherne said...

Mami, thanks for the encouragement. I like boats. My father used to own a small motorboat, and he often took his children for boat rides or fishing trips.

Laurie Matherne said...

Nita, I do my best with what I have. Fortunately, New Orleans has fertile ground for the creative process.

Suzy said...

Beautiful pictures. I especially like the second one - seems so serene. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Kim G said...

Nature is constantly remaking coastlines and changing the courses of rivers. And it's also changing our lives constantly too.



It is, indeed, a conceit to think that we're somehow separate from it all.



Saludos,


Kim G
San Francisco, CA
Where if it doesn't rain soon, life could be changed pretty drastically.

Dorothy in Oz said...

Beautiful pictures and a great reminder of the power of mother nature (especially when we try to change her natural course).

Laurie Matherne said...

Kim, it is true that life and nature is not static - things are always changing. However, the fragile land of the delta regions in Louisiana have undergone more change than most any other area in the world in the past 20-30 years. I mourn the loss of our coastline.

Laurie Matherne said...

Dorothy, I learned firsthand that the forces of nature are very terrible indeed during the time around Hurricane Katrina.

Laurie Matherne said...

Suzy, I love the coast, lakes, bays, etc. I grew up where water and land met. Yes it can be serene.