Monday, June 29, 2015

DCI

DCI stands for Dixon Correctional Institute, a medium-security prison facility located in Jackson, LA. You might recall from an earlier post that Jackson is where my friend and I opened up a flea market booth called Bayou Belles. Anyway, since Dixon is my last name, I wanted to get some photos of the place. For a prison, it's really pretty!

Along the road are signs that say DO NOT PICK UP HITCHHIKERS. PRISON AREA. Nowhere are signs saying NO PHOTOGRAPHS.

So one beautiful day on my way to Bayou Belles' booth, I tried to take pictures with my iPhone through my windshield. It is a pretty drive and I wanted to share that with you all. (Sorry for the crack in my windshield and bug guts, but if you live in Louisiana, you're going to have that. It's a given).

The road is curvy and I was having trouble driving straight and getting a decent pic, so I pulled off on the side of the road to photograph a huge pasture of cows across from DCI. There was also a nice gate and I was thinking that I could finally link up with TexWisGirl's Good Fences meme. Yay me!

I was in perfect bliss with my phone when suddenly I was startled by a man yelling. "YOU CAIN'T BE TAKIN' NO PICTURES 'ROUND HERE!!! THIS BE A PRISON AREA."

Ooops. :) Photography is always getting me in trouble. At least I haven't been thrown in jail. YET! I made my apologies and skedaddled, praying he wouldn't follow me.






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44 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Oh my such glorious scenery!!!

I got myself into trouble once...just like you did...only I was taking photos of a huge high bridge just after 9-11 and 'got caught' not knowing I couldn't take photos of the 'underside' of a bridge...against the law. Well, news to me!!!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

You Rebel!! ;-)

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous views and scenery. I love the cattle on the pasture. I am glad you did not see inside the prison, who knew no photos are allowed. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Bas said...

ze zouden dit wel goed gevonden hebben.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

We'd need fewer prisons if we had fewer rules, huh? *wink*

Anvilcloud said...

People are silly when it comes to cameras. Were they inmate cows?

hootnonny said...

My camera got me in trouble at a max prison in WV. I swore to the officers I wasn't on prison ground to get a date, but they still refused to let me photograph the wild turkeys or the deer, who were coming out of the woods. Instead they suggested I call so-and-so and make arrangements to tour the prison.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Was there a human form to accompany the voice? Or does God have a Louisiana accent? :)

Joke (Joke's Camera) said...

How exciting, Gail. Great pictures, but your story is at least as good as your pics. Be careful there! We don't want you in prison. Greetings, Joke

Indrani said...

Lovely scenic sights!

TexWisGirl said...

lovin' the gate and the cattle. glad you weren't busted! :) thanks, gail.

Stephanie said...

Lovely scenery Love the gate, fencing and the cows.

Juliana said...

Wow... interesting story!)) your shots are worth it...
Lovely views

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :)

June Caedmon said...

This one's a knee slapper to be sure, Gail! As soon as I read the first line of your post my mind was going in a thousand directions, lol! What a nice drive you have into the shop! Stay safe out there!

Shug said...

Lol.... I did have a chuckle reading this. I would have probably wet my pants. You are a brave soul. I usually put my foot to the metal when I go through areas like this. I'm a fraidy cat.

Karen said...

You are such a rebel! Nice place for prison.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I am sure glad you got these great pictures before you were yelled at.

nookworm said...

Successful shots - the good kind! Who knew? Now you do. Keep on shooting! (not there)

bailey-road.com said...

Nice gate. Are those prison cattle?

Spare Parts and Pics said...

You're such a rabble rouser, Gail! After looking at these pics, if I ever need to go to prison for any reason, I'm going to request DCI (but not before stopping at the Bayou Belles' booth!!).

Kathy said...

That's one of the best roads I've seen in Louisiana. When I drive from here to Shreveport through rural Western Louisiana I always feel like my teeth are loose when I get to my destination! I guess being near the state capitol there are more tax dollars.

Debbie said...

I have been hollered at in soooo many places I've lost count. I have also heard several time "this is not a petting zoo"!!

Looks like a beautiful place!!

Terra said...

I am glad you will not be spending time inside the DCI walls. Good thing you skedaddled.

Irma said...

Hi Gail,
Nice picture with beautiful views.
Interesting story, fortunately ended well, you're not in jail.
Best regards, Irma

ladyfi said...

The scenery is lovely!

DeniseinVA said...

Yay for you getting your pictures and I am so glad they didn't throw you in the klink ;)

Kleine Waldameise said...

Nun bin ich endlich auch mal wieder auf deiner Seite und verschlinge deine Fotos. Eine andere Gegend kennenzulernen, interessiert mich brennend. Danke für die schönen Fotos und liebe Grüße

von der Waldameise

diane b said...

Cameras can get you into trouble. Haven't these people heard of bloggers? We got into trouble for photographing a train pulling into our local station. Go figure.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Lovely scenery and glad you were able to show it from the outside, Gail, as DCI doesn't sound like an inviting place.

Slamdunk said...

Hehe--sounds like you earned those photos!

Glad you were not wearing your neon orange jumpsuit on the way to a July costume party or you may have got to see more of the facility than you wanted.

Enjoy your 4th!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Nice photos. The man would have scared me out of my wits.

LV said...

Nveer a dull moment out searching for blog shots.

barbara l. hale said...

LOL! Well, I guess he told you! The only time I was asked to put my camera away was in a shopping mall near Boston. I was told it was for security reasons. Of course, this was right after 9/11 and I think everyone was paranoid -- even more than they are now.

Ida said...

The lengths we go through for a good fence shot! - You did a fine job showing these fences off even though you were busted. We have the State Pen. here in our town and I once stopped to take photos out on the road near where it's located and just like you I was asked to quickly...move along.

Grantham Lynn said...

Well my mother used to say 'learn something new everyday.' Who would 'a' thought? You did get some great shots anyway. Thanks for sharing your shots and your story.

Margaret Adamson said...

Just think if you had been throw in the slammer, we would not have seen these great shots!!

EG CameraGirl said...

Very pretty area! Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

Felicia said...

pretty images but I thought you would get scolded if caught photographing. they don't allow it around my area.

Betty Manousos said...



happy Fourth of July!
xoxo

rainfield61 said...

Photography always brings us surprises.
Either in the process or in the result.

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful shots of the fences, and I love the sky! Glad you're staying out of jail. ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How absolutely funny! At least he let you keep the camera and pictures (and pretty darn good ones they are too). I wonder if you could have played your last name card: "Officer, this prison was named after my family ..."

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Glad that you "skedaddled" and you remain on this side of the DCI fence :-}}}
(haven't heard that word in years!!!! Thank you Gail!!)

Anita Johnson said...

What a beautiful part of thecUS. I have been yelled at a few times myself when I have been taking photos...and a few people, when I explained what I was doing, apologized. What a world we live in.