Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fat Tuesday

Happy Mardi Gras, y'all! Unfortunately, rain arrived on Sunday and won't be leaving until Thursday. Glad we didn't plan on going to any parades today.

Hubby went to a Mardi Gras party Friday night because the home was on a parade route. (Carnival time starts early around here). He came home with a big smile and lots of beads, amazed at the amount of food and drinks. Made his little Baptist heart blush. :) Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, which essentially means to eat all the fats and sweets today, because tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, and those observing Lent had better live it up while they can!

I was forced back into the archives since I haven't been able to get out with my camera. I don't know why I haven't posted some of these before.
This is Pierre, our resident Ruby-throat on 10/1/12

The trunks of the Virginia Live Oaks at Oak Alley Plantation. 12/8/12

Sunset on Christmas Day, 2012. I hadn't seen a good sunset since I left Texas.

Snowy Egret, LSU Lakes, 12/27/12

Another Snowy, LSU Lakes, 12/29/12

Toad, 8/5/12


Rooster, 7/28/12

I'm sorry. This sprang up next to my hibiscus tree on 11/15/12.



58 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

party heary, gail! :) i can imagine the mood will be dappened for some by the rain, but the die-hards will be out in full force, regardless. :)

love your archive dive. :)

HansHB said...

Lovely serie of photos!
Perfect post for WBW!

Amy Burzese said...

Great collection. And I needed a laugh at the end . . . :)

Lynn said...

Happy Mardi Gras, Gail. Your forgotten photo’s are just right for this rainy Tuesday. The aroma of red beans and rice simmering on low also reminds me of just how much we have to be grateful for here in the south.

Rosie Grey said...

I'm so happy you went through your archives, Gail! It would have been a pity to have missed these gorgeous photos!
Have a wonderful week and a happy Valentine's Day!

Chatty Crone said...

GORGEOUS! What kind of camera do you have? Love the oak tree and the birds. sandie

Deanna said...

Oh too bad about the rain, but I am glad it forced you to bring out some archived pics...these are all terrific.

hootnonny said...

You should be sorry!
Such beautiful scenery and birds in your neck of the woods!

Phil said...

Good old hubby coming home with a big wide smile. I'll bet that made your day Gail. Well I didn't know what Mardi Gras meant at all until your explanation - simple really, Doh!
Lovely Snowy shots Gail - no wonder the old timers wanted those feathers for their hats and boas. And hey those strange looking things spring up just when you least expect them to don't they? Enjoyed the fun today Gail.

Dave said...

Great colourful (in all ways) post, enjoy the festivities.

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Charlotte Wilson said...

Another feast for the eyes! Especially love the rooster and the egrets.
Do you have King Cake today?
Have fun!

charlotte

Jacquelineand.... said...

These photos were the perfect pick me up for a gloomy day!

Anni said...

Being in N O during Mardi Gras [ANY time of year] is an experience you never soon forget!! Enjoy it today, for tomorrow IS Ash Wednesday.

Love your photos, as always...always so well composed. That oak tree is phenomenal. Well, shoot, everything here today is superior.

Thanks for linking up at the Bird D'Pot.

Jackie said...

Gail you are from Texas! I knew we really liked each other for some reason!

I have to agree with everyone about your digging into your archives. These are all beautiful.

I love them all. I can't pick favorites. But, I do love birds!

Tell your hubby to get over the Baptist thing...we all do the next day!

Happy day and take care!:-)

Rosemary Aubut said...

Sorry???? Gorgeous photos, glad you had to go digging!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Great set of pictures.

mick said...

The Snowy Egrets are especially beautiful.

Renae at simple sequins said...

Oh Gail! Many of those photos were familiar, except the toad and the rooster. I mustn't have known you then. I DO REMEMBER those mammoth oak trees. OMyGosh!!!

Yes spiffy is a word you like? Yay? I do too love the snow on the tree. I love hearing that my photos are good from your opinion; which is very nice to hear.

Happy Mardi Gras!!!!!

eileeninmd said...

Love the birds and that big tree is gorgeous. The toad is cute and the rooster is cool. They are all wonderful photos, thanks for sharing!

She Who Carries Camera said...

OMG that egret and the rooster! Ooh-la-la!! And the mushroom, well, I won't share my thoughts!;-) I am SO looking forward to Pancake Night tonight....hubby's English ones are delish!

Linda said...

Love those majestic oaks and those crazily coifed egrets. But the rooster steals the show for me today. Great job on that rascal.

bettyl said...

Yes, you have been holding out on us! What lovely photos. Pierre is adorable.

jan@twoscoopz said...

I always LOVE your egret photos. Stunning.
And I burst out laughing at your apology at the end. LOL ;)

Gone Country said...

I'm so glad you had to dig into your archives... stunning photos!

You had me chuckling about your hubby blushing and your apology at the end, heehee!

Oh, and thanks for the little lesson on Mardi Gras... I never knew what all it meant.

Lisa Gordon said...

I was in New Orleans for Mardi Gras just once, many years ago, and it was a time I'll never forget. Amazing food!

This little hummingbird is pure perfection, Gail!

David Oliver said...

You take such wonderful wildlife shots! I just bought a Canon camera body from my daughter and need to buy lenses. How large of a telephoto do you use?

SandyCarlson said...

These sure are amazing!

woopig said...

I love that snowy egret on the fence. Beautiful focus! Katie

Carol L McKenna said...

Happy Fat Tuesday ~ Fantastic photography ~ Wonderful! ~

Carol of: (A Creative Harbor) on Blogger ^_^

Evelyn S. said...

I always intended to ask someone what Fat Tuesday meant....thanks for the explanation! As for your photos....LOVE the snowy egret and that fabulous rooster, especially!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Let the good times roll! Hope your MG was happy! Your archives yielded some beauties....that sunset was quite a nice Christmas gift!!

Justine said...

These are so beautiful and I love that sunset one especially

Karen said...

A terrific series of shots. Pierre is gorgeous, beautiful plummage on the snowy's, and the last shot gave me a chuckle!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So that's what Margi Gras is all about. You have some lovely photos here Gail. All the birds and toad are wonderful but it's the Virginia Live Oaks which made me stop and keep looking. They are so ancient. Is it moss or ivy which covers them?

Brian King said...

These are beautiful! I love that big tree and the egrets are gorgeous! You get some fantastic hummingbird photos! Wonderful colors in that sunset!

EG CameraGirl said...

These are great photos, Gail. Glad you found them in your archives!

Jori said...

LOVE humming birds! Happy Mardi Gra!

Mitzi said...

oooooooooooooh.....aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh....love them! That sunset is incredible! Great photos as always girlie! We are going to have to go on a photo taking play date sometime soon...(well as soon as things calm down for me anyways) I could use some photography/friend R&R! Big hugs, xoxo

Nancy Claeys said...

This must be your favorite time of year. Gorgeous nature images!

Barb Brookbank said...

Thanks for my laugh of the day ;)

Dana said...

Gorgeous photos! That sunset is fantastic!

Stephani - A Defined Life said...

You make me miss my camera. Photography motivation has been non-existent for months now. I must make myself get out there and just start taking more picture whether I feel like it or not! I started following you on Flickr by the way. I've been uploading photos there slowly.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

It's been rainy and cold here too. Not exactly party weather.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh also, I think the chicken would be fine without the skin on. I ate a breast w/ no skin and it was delicious!

Patrice said...

Happy Ash Wednesday, Gail - great shots!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

the live oaks are FABULOUS! great photography, all.

Buttons said...

Oh Gail sorry about the rain and Mardi Gras but I must say your archives are amazing. Thanks for sharing. B

Kathy said...

I love seeing pictures of egrets with their feathers all afluff! I hope your blog doesn't get censored.

AmitAag said...

Awesome captures!
Breathtakingly beautiful they are!!
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Pam ;) said...

Mardi Gras sounds fun to bad it rained on parade day.
Love your shots of the hummer and egrets.
The old oak trees covered with resurrection ferns is a stunner!
LOL ;)

Donna Heber said...

Hi Gail,

I want to thank you for stopping to visit me. Your photos are amazing ... no breathtaking. I am in awe of how you captured that ruby throat hummingbird. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

ladyfi said...

Ooo - a fabulous series of shots. Love the live oaks!

Linda R said...

Lots of amazing photos my friend. That Roster photo has me smiling.

Hugs~

Wally Jones said...

What a really nice series! Birds, trees, sunset - what's not to like!
Hope you have a fun time at Mardi Gras!

Renae at simple sequins said...

Gail! You are so nice to me. Wow. Thank you! I needed red lipstick. I looked all over early in the week for a new L'Oreal Lip-stain that is shiny. I finally found it at [where else] Target and it doesn't even show up in my pics. Urgh. So now I am needing a deeper shade I guess. Urgh, again. Oh well, thanks for listening to my gripe and thanks for your nice attention to me everyday/time!!! :D

Rambling Woods said...

Oh I am sorry about the rain, but I am sure people still had a good time. These are amazing photos. I am partial to the frog photo but all of them are so well done. Thank you for linking in this week Gail... Michelle

bailey-road.com said...

What a great group of pictures! I love the rooster!