Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sometimes I Like to Throw in Images From the States

There are so many interesting places and subjects in the world to take photos of!  One of my favorite places is New Orleans.  One of the things I love about New Orleans is that there really is not as much attention paid to "who" you are...

I also love the "barge houses" of New Orleans.  Barge houses were built back in the 1800's from "barge board."  Barge boards are thick boards of pine or poplar trees used to build the barges that were commonly used in the 1800's to build long flatboat barges to float Northern goods and people down the Mississippi River by current.  The boards were about two inches thick, and at least a foot wide, and sometimes as wide as 30 inches!  They were in many cases 20-30 feet long.  At the end of each journey the barges were taken apart and sold for lumber.

The characteristic which definitively designated a piece of lumber as coming from one of these barges is the holes which are bored through them, through which ropes were used to lash the flatboats together.  One of our presidents is known to have made two trips to New Orleans on such a flatboat, that president was Abraham Lincoln, the trips were made in 1828, and 1831.


Now many of the famous old homes in and around New Orleans are built of these old timbers.  Of course they are long and narrow, just as the barges were.  The topic of my post today is a little more specific, the colors that houses are painted are so colorful, and the mill work is always beautiful.  I love the porches, and while walking from my sister-in-law's house, (yes, her's is a beautifully restored barge house,) I photographed some of the porches I passed.  These images please me...