Kodak Ektar in Smena 8M: Plaquemines Parish

Venice, LA

Plaquemines Parish Courthouse

Harlem Plantation

Harlem Plantation

Violet, LA

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Diana F+: Lettsworth, LA

This town in Pointe Coupee Parish has a lot of abandoned buildings. It was a railroad town, and when the line went out of service, they lost a big chuck of their population.

Lettsworth, LA

Lettsworth rail depot

Roadside cemetery

Lettsworth, LA

Lettsworth, LA

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B&W with wide angle: Plaquemines Parish, LA

The end of LA-23 past the town of Venice:

Dead cypress trees

Plaquemines Parish courthouse in Point a la Hache. This burned down in the 1990s and they’re finally re-building it.

Plaquemines parish courthouse

The clock tower of the courthouse:

Plaquemines Parish courthouse

Harlem Plantation:

Harlem Plantation

From the other side:

Harlem Plantation

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Diana F+: Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle, LA

Flooded cemetery

Open tomb

Lafourche Parish

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Kodak Ektar in the Smena 8M, various locations

Washington City Cemetery:

Washington City Cemetery

Old church in Washington, double exposure:

Old church, double exposure

Abandoned train depot in Lettsworth:

Lettsworth, LA

Abandoned building, East Louisiana State Hospital:

East Louisiana State Hospital

Same location:

East Louisiana State Hospital

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Black & white, various locations

Train depot at Lettsworth:

Lettsworth train depot

Flooded cemetery in Grand Isle:

Flooded cemetery

East Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson:

East Louisiana State Hospital

Same location:

East Louisiana State Hospital

Abandoned church near Jackson:

Abandoned church

Lettsworth:

Lettsworth

Also Lettsworth (there are a lot of abandoned buildings there):

Lettsworth

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Sabine Pass Light (Diana F+)

So, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that abandoned lighthouses (at least in Louisiana) are my photography white whale. They are very hard to get close enough to to take a good photograph, because since the Gulf coast is always changing, they tend to very quickly become cut off from land access. I’ve tried to photograph this particular lighthouse, which is right on the southwest Louisiana/southeast Texas border, a couple of times.

Well, a couple of months ago I found out by chance—from a Yelp review, of all things—that Cheniere Energy, which owns the land that the lighthouse is on, has made their “road” (really just a pair of tire ruts) out to it open to the public. I checked in with the security shack at the entrance, showed a photo ID, and was escorted to the gate at the start of the road. I was told not to photograph the energy facility and to be sure I checked with security when I left, but allowed to proceed down the road unaccompanied.

I took a lot of photos from a distance, because I kept thinking this road is going to run out, this is probably the closest I’ll get; then I’d get back in my car and keep going. Turns out I was able to drive pretty close, to about ¼ of a mile away from the lighthouse, then I was able to walk most of the rest of the way. There’s water surrounding it and you can’t get close enough to touch it, but I was able to take photos from close enough that it filled the frame.

I had really good weather for it, it was warm but not hot that day, and not too humid. A member of the Facebook group that I help mod (Abandoned Louisiana) went the next weekend and said they were eaten alive by mosquitoes, but I made it out with just a couple of bites. Also it hadn’t rained in a few weeks, so I was able to drive my Nissan (which does NOT have four wheel drive) down a dirt track without risk of getting mired. So yay, that’s one more thing I can cross off my photography bucket list!

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

Sabine Pass Light

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