Sunday, October 28, 2012

Autumn on Hoo Shoo Too

There are a few stories floating around about how Hoo Shoo Too Road got its name. One tale says Hoo was a friend of Shoo, then they hooked up and had Too. That sounds like something a drunk Cajun might come up with. More likely it's this one: In 1915 a group of men from Baton Rouge formed an organization and built a club on the Amite (A-meet) River. They named the club Hoo Shoo Too after a line in a minstrel show that one of the founding members had seen in 1905. Subsequently, the road built around the club was also named Hoo Shoo Too.

Hoo Shoo Too Road is mostly a rural area with lots of camps and trailers scattered along the river. As I stood on the bank looking through the lens with my camera on the tripod, I heard a car stop behind me. "Hey!" I turned around to assess the situation and was greeted with a toothless smile. "Idn't it purty?" Oh dear God, no. Is this going to be my own private Deliverance? My heart was beating so fast I thought it would fly out of my chest in fear. My phone was in my car several steps away. I  said a quick 'hello' to be polite and turned back around, trying to ignore them. Fortunately, they left after efforts to engage me in conversation failed. The truth is, probably after getting a good look at me, they realized that I was old enough to be their mother. Maybe aging does have its benefits. :/

Anyway! I know that others are capturing much more vibrant colors, but this might be as good as it gets around here.






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 My heart and mind is on those in Hurricane Sandy's path. May God keep you all safe.

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47 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

these are beautiful! such a variety of colors and tree textures. they were worth mr. toothless - but, please, in the future, at least keep the cell phone ON YOU! eek!

hootnonny said...

Shoo-t, Hoo knew the swamp would be too purdy in the fall! Glad you scared your would-be abducters away by giving them the cold shoulder.

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful display of colors. Ours were vibrant but they peaked during over a week of rain which meant it was impossible to photograph them.

That sounds like a crazy encounter but you handled it well.

Thanks for sharing with YSB this week.

the wild magnolia said...

Pictures are a great way to see a place. I was a mental traveler for years.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Magnificent photography ~ Great reflections! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Am your newest follower on GFC ~ ^_^

Jacquelineand.... said...

So beautiful but please stay safe...keep your phone on you!

The Spanish moss looks so delicate, like faerie tinsel; of course it's tough as can be but it looks anything but.

Linda said...

I'm still smiling over hootnonny's comment. :)

These images are wonderful. As I scrolled through them, I kept thinking, "THIS one is my favorite." Then I'd get to the next one and have to change my vote. It was impossible to pick a favorite out of this set. I've never seen fall colors mixed with Spanish moss before. They go well together.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I think the colors are gorgeously muted. We loved Louisiana in the Spring and in the summer -- I'd love to visit in the fall. Maybe those deliverance guys really were just being friendly! (Keep you phone in your pocket next time though.)

'Tsuki said...

Wow ! The location is fabulous to catch superb reflections. what a inspiring sharing on Autumn...

http://lunedemaledaumon.blogspot.fr/2012/10/week-end-reflection-contest-thats-sound.html

Barbara Shallue said...

Oh, Gail, these are breathtaking! But for goodness sake, keep your phone in your pocket! :)

Pieces of Sunshine said...

The fourth and last are my favourites, the light and colours are quite amazing. The air plant/grandfathers beard adds another dimension to the scene. Pleased your story ended well, there are benefits to having a shooting buddy but I love to have time alone when possible.

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - it a good name for a road however it came to be. Hope you do not get caught up in any weather related stress!

Stewart M - Australia

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Heavens this looks like paradise. I love those southern style trees...no such thing over here. Gorgeous work!

Nancy Claeys said...

You crack me up -- I was thinking the same exact thing -- Deliverance. Lol. You be careful Gail.

These images put me to shame. I need a class or something. xo

Dianne said...

I LOVE the reflections you captured
so soft and dreamy and wonderful color!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Sounds like things started off a bit nerve wrecking - may need to strap your phone hanging around your neck when out alone!!
Nothing more beautiful than cypress trees in a swamp and moss hanging!
Lovely, Lovely, Lovely Gail!

bailey-road.com said...

These are beautiful captures of fall color. Plus, you have Spanish moss!

rainfield61 said...

What a lovely place.

Beautiful colours. Great scene.

Linda R said...

WOW! What amazing photos. Just look at all the beautiful color. And the name had me smiling.

Hugs~

Mitzi said...

These are such beautiful photos as always. Hope your weekend was beautiful. Big hugs to you my sweet Gail, xoxo

mrsbearfoot said...

Wow, really beautiful autumn leaf captures and reflections!

Thank you for your visit and comment on my Weekend Reflections post. Hope you're having a good start to the week.

Tricia Hays said...

I can't help but laugh out loud at the 'drunk Cajun' comment... then, I read further down & I'm roflmbo! Too, too funny =)
I don't know what you're talking about, because there's beautiful colors here!

Take someone w/ you from now on to Hoo Shoo Too & those other questionable places, ok? =)

Renae said...

Gail, Gail, Gail!
Oh my crazy wonderfulness! Those photographs should be in the National Geographic. They are breathtaking. Awhhhhhh.

Yes Sit a Spell does mean something when a Witch suggests it. huh? You are so fun, you got the joke. yay!

missing moments said...

These are all so beautiful but that fourth one is my fave!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oooh, I love that Spanish moss!

Lisa Gordon said...

Hoo Shoo Too sure looks gorgeous to me, Gail, and your photographs of it are amazing. Love the colors.

Brian King said...

Gorgeous shots, Gail! I love the swampy look! Great reflections, too! Our color wasn't that great this year. Maybe next time.

Patrice said...

Those reflections are just gorgeous, Gail!

Madge Bloom said...

SO gorgeous, all the colors and reflections.... your story...well I've had those things happen too and it does make one skittish... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #54!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Beautiful! Love that last shot.

Buttons said...

Oh I love that name and the story these are gorgeous it must be so beautiful to see this in real life. AWESOME. B

Mary said...

wow...beauties. Such a pretty part of our land. Love the color.

Stewart M said...

Hi there (again) - the Frogmouth looks like an owl, but it's more closely related to Nightjars. I think these are called Nighthawks and Whip-Poor-Wills in the US.

Cheers

Stewart M - Australia

ladyfi said...

What wonderful captures - lovely autumn colours!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Love the scenery Gail. Glad those guys were only curious. Beautiful photos by a beautiful mature lady!

Phil said...

A good little short story Gail - I can almost see the look on that guy's face and I'm glad you stayed safe through the storm too. The autumn colours look just fine to me. Nice reflections you got.

Ana Eugénio said...

Hoo Shoo Too sounds like something Winnie the Pooh would make up. the photos are stunning, it must be a lovely place to be. so sorry your shooting session had to end up earlier. it seems you attract people needing to talk. like the caretaker from Afton Vila Gardens. you're a sweetheart :) xxo

Barb said...

Beautiful shots - and I think there is a lot of colour there! Glad your visitor left quietly...

Amy Burzese said...

That's exactly why I miss a lot of shots. Skeer'd of the locals. Phone on person at all times, girl. However, I'm glad you stopped and got these. They are all beautiful.

James said...

What a beautiful place! Great shots!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fantastic photography and beautiful autumn colors ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Dave said...

Nice autumn photos Gail. I specially liked the ones with water reflections in them - Dave

Butterbean Row said...

Gail,
YOu need to be more careful, girl! Maybe you should be packing a gun.

You got some absolutely breathtaking photos, worthy of printing and hanging on your walls.

Happy Halloween!

charlotte

Michelle said...

Glad the toothless guy went away! Hoo Shoo Too is beautiful.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Oh, my, it's better than purty, it's perfection! Love love love it. (I burst out laughing when I read your post--I get the same jitters. Sometimes it's just best to follow your gut-it's there for a reason.) Be safe, but so glad you stopped!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Glory, that was scary!!!! They say never go out camping, hiking, shopping without a partner, guess you need to include photography too. Good you are okay.

Thanks for putting your life in danger so we can see GOD's beauty in your neck of the woods.