Terrebonne Parish, Smena 8M




Abandoned house/cemetery double exposure

Tezcuco Plantation

Okay, that last one was actually Tezcuco Plantation.

I have some money coming to me, and although I’m being #fiscallyresponsible and using most of it to open a checking account (I’ve only had a savings since I moved to Louisiana), I did use a little of it to buy a couple of wishlist items. A new fountain pen, of course, specifically a limited edition Sailor Sapporo Four Seasons (the Meigetsu or Autumn Moon pen). Got a good deal on eBay, about $20-$30 less than American distributors are selling it for, and free expedited shipping from Japan. And also this camera:


It’s a Zorki-4, the Soviet-made Leica knock-off, and I got it from the same Etsy seller I got my Smena 8M from. He has extremely reasonable prices for cameras guaranteed to work, even with the cost of shipping a hunk of metal all the way from Moscow (about 1/3 of the overall price). This model was released for the 50th anniversary of the 1917 revolution, hence all the Soviet bling. Lots of these cameras were commemorative releases.

Dosvedanya, comrades!

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Terrebonne Parish, LA

On Saturday I went to Terrebonne Parish, a very large but sparsely populated parish southwest of New Orleans. It’s been on my list of places, and I was reminded of it after reading about how the Native Americans of Isle de Jean Charles have received a HUD grant to re-locate. They’ve lived on the island for over 200 years but the levee system bypassed them, and it’s been shrinking rapidly due to erosion and saltwater intrusion. The whole place is probably going to be under water in 50 years. I did go out there, but because it’s so narrow—barely ¼ of a mile wide—there’s no place to stop and take photos unless you park in the middle of the only road. Every piece of land is someone’s yard.

I shot some color and B&W 35mm but didn’t finish either of the rolls, so these are just some cell phone shots.

Outskirts of Houma.

Bait shack, Houma, LA

Cemetery in Grand Caillou. Every once in a while you find a grave painted either blue or pink.

Grand Caillou, LA


Pointe-aux-Chenes, LA

Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina.

Pointe-aux-Chenes Marina

Bourg. Notice the shrimp boat visible in the background. You’re never far from water in Terrebonne Parish.

Bourg, LA

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We met a week early this month because Hope has something going on next week. We met at CoCo Marina, and I can personally vouch for their crawfish pies.

CoCo Marina 12, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

CoCo Marina 6, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

CoCo Marina 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

There was yet another cemetery on the itinerary–this one was a little different because it was built on an Indian burial mound. Which just seems like bad juju to me. Haven’t these Cajuns ever seen Poltergeist?

Elpege Picou Cemetery 1, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 7, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 4, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

Elpege Picou Cemetery 2, originally uploaded by pinstripe_bindi.

But the highlight was the Kenny Hill Sculpture Garden. It’s a really fascinating piece of religious folk art that took a decade to construct and was abandoned by its maker. The Kohler Foundation rescued it–you know Kohler, they make kitchen and bathroom fixtures? One of the heirs of that fortune set up a foundation to rescue and restore folk art. They bought the property, cleaned up the statuary, then gave it to Nicholls State University.