Here is a look back in photos taken in Louisiana through out 2017.
Also, links to some of my photo essays and reports from last year, based in Louisiana.
Friday, May 19, 2017, New Orleans, LA, Masked workers prepare a Confederate statue of General Robert E. Lee for removal from Lee Circle. It was the last of four monuments to Confederate-era monuments to be removed after a proposal by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to remove the monuements was approved by the city council in 2015.
Road lined with Live Oak Trees in St James Parrish, Louisiana.
Snow on the beach at Lake Pontchartrain
Island Road connecting Pointe-au-Chien with Isle de Jean Charles, in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.
People gather for a vigil for Alton Sterling on May 2, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana held in front of the Trilple S Food Mart U.S. the day news got out that the Justice Department will not prosecute thee police officer who shot and killed Sterling last summer.
Rainbow in Mandeville
A giant wooden alligator snapping turtle, built by Josh Weidert and his Blood, Sweat and Bonfires in Garyville, set on fire on Christmas eve. Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Mississippi River Levee are said to be lit to help direct Papa Noel, or Santa Claus down the Mississippi River and into Cajun country.
Tree frog on a wild Iris in Louisiana’s La Branche swamp in the spring.
Cherri Foytlin at the entrance to land she purchased for Louisiana Rise, an advocacy group she founded that focuses on renewable energy and a just transition, which the Bayou Bridge pipeline is slated to cross. On December 16 anti-pipeline activists calling themselves water protectors gathered in Rayne, Louisiana, on land for a ceremony where Foytlin requested and was granted a blessing and permission from the Atakapa-Ishak Nation to use the land that once belonged to the tribe.
Munchkin Kitty and Outlaw
Water in a bottle that Valerie Sloan saved in March, on a ‘bad’ water day in March this year in St. Joseph. Since improvements to the water system have been made, the water sint usualy as dark, but still usualy tinted brown in her home.
Feb 10, Paradis, LA, The fire at the site where the Phillips 66 pipeline exploded on Feb. 9, still burning the next day. One worker is presumed dead.
Robert Taylor, founder of the Concerned Citizens group in St. John the Baptist Parish infront of Denka Performance Elastomer factory in LaPlace, Louisiana at sunset. Denka’s LaPlace factory, formerly owned by DuPont, emits chloroprene and 28 other chemicals used to make the synthetic rubber commonly known as Neoprene. In 2010 the EPA reclassified chloroprene as a likely human carcinogen, a fact the community only learned about at the end of 2016.
New Orleans, “Take Em Down NOLA” held a rally and march in solidarity with Charlottesvilleto show opposition to the white-supremacist protests and attacks. The group called for the removal of all signs of white supremacy that remain in New Orleans. After the march they rallied in front of Jackson Square, which the police closed off before their arrival.
Pastor Harry Joseph near oil storage tanks in St. James, close to the Mount Triumph Baptist Church. The pastor has been a leading voice in the battle against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
O’neil Couvillion in his gutted home almost a year after the 1000 year flood. He is still waitting on a contracter to rebuild their home in Denham Springs. O’neil is anxious for the work to begin.
Memebers of the The Krewe of Zulu in the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras day in New Orleans.
White Castle, known as Fisherman’s Castle in Slidell on Irish Bayou can be seen from Interstate 10.
Wedding at Degas House in New Orleans
Bartender serving frozen Covfefe with kahlua at the “Ear of Steve” fundraising event in Abita Springs on June 11
Pro-confederate monument supporters clash with ‘Take Em Down NOLA’ supporters after a Second Line celebrating the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans
Wilma Subra at a community meeting in Reserve Louisiana talking about the chemicals emitting from the Denka/ Dupont plant.
Roseate spoonbill chicks in nest at bird rookery on Jefferson Island, Louisiana.