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Shadow of Christ

Last Sunday our hostess, Tracy at Hey Harriet resigned because of personal interests which is so understandable. With work, and not enough hours in the day to continue, she has turned over the reins of this wonderful meme to a team of hosts; with a few backup hosts to make the transition all run smoothly. I want to take this time to thank our original hostess for all the work involved and her stamina to keep the meme running for three years [187 weekends of Shadow Shots]. I know how consuming it can be. May your days now be filled with enjoyment of being around your family and hope to see you participate when you can. You will be missed!!! Thanks, from the bottom of my heart.

Three Roman Catholic churches have stood on the site since 1718. The first was a crude wooden structure in the early days of the colony. Construction of a larger brick and timber church was begun in 1725 and was completed in 1727. Along with numerous other buildings, the church was destroyed in the Great New Orleans Fire (1788) on Good Friday, March 21, 1788. The cornerstone of a new church was laid in 1789 and the building was completed in 1794. In 1793 Saint Louis Church was elevated to cathedral rank as the See of the Diocese of New Orleans, making it one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. -Jackson Square [Royal Street] oldtown New Orleans, LA. {French Quarter}.


I finally made something for sweet treats. Just one batch of Rice Krispie Treats. After cutting them and wrapping each individual square, I put 'em all in my large Santa Boot for the centerpiece on our dining room table. Bud and I went to the beach when we had a break from stormy weather. I found a couple of really nice shells along with two sundial sea shells and 7 whole sand dollars. The others just mentioned are two I've never found before. A Florida Fighting Conch and an auger. I was excited. They've not been cleaned of sand and grime yet, but when I get photos of them, I'll share my finds. They're still laying on the garage's workbench. We also went to a movie on Friday. Gosh, it's been a long time since we've gone to the theater. Movies just are of no interest to us anymore. What I mean is, there are no good movies. LOL The last movie we did see at the cinema was RANGO I believe. Anyway, we went to see the 2nd of Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed the first one a couple of years ago, and was thrilled they made a 'sequel'. This was pretty good. I like Jude Law as Dr. Watson. What a far cry from Nigel Bruce from the old-timey early '50s movies!! I've been wanting to go to the Texas State Aquarium here in town along the Ships' Channel, and went out online to see the times open...and was completely shocked. Boy howdy, the last time [about three years ago] we went to visit --the cost for seniors was $10.50...now? The cost for seniors went up to $15.75---with parking fee at $5. - That's all kinds of wrong if you want my opinion. Why, if my math is correct, that is $36.50, just to get through the door after parking. Good lord. Sometimes I wonder what the economic geniuses are thinking. I wouldn't think twice about $21 for two...but nearly $40 for just a couple of hours walking around looking at aquarium exhibits is just a big fat NO. I in turn sent them a nasty email stating we could drive to San Antonio and see all kinds of 'free' sights in that city for less than what it would cost us to see the aquarium. I honestly didn't think I'd get a response/reply - but I did. And the email sent to me was actually a bit promising...
    We hope you’ll soon be able to visit. We are also looking at providing special Senior hours and rates next year, so check our website for more details as they are finalized. Thank you for your inquiry.
I'm still going through some of my photos taken around Thanksgiving. The two [shadow shots above] are of the St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square in New Orleans at night. We were on Bourbon Street walking around looking for some Cajun Food Restaurants on the famous street - and, hopefully one that is on the 2nd floor so we could dine on the balcony... while we were on the balcony of one of the establishments in the French Quarter - I looked over my shoulder and saw this shadow of Christ on the cathedral's outer walls....after dining early [we were all getting tired and wanted to hit the hotel early to sleep. LOL] and walking around the street with all the nightlife for an hour or two, we eventually made our way there, and I took pictures. Here are a few more photos on Bourbon Street at night---


  1. Great shadow shot!
    I agree that the cost of entry to that Aquarium is exorbitant! I hope they change things soon.

  2. I think that a lot of attractions are losing business by raising their rates so much. I can see a dollar increase. But if my business background means anything. You make more money by charging less and attracting more customers. Why do you think sales are so attractive. A lot of the attractions here in Phoenix have almost priced themselves into bankruptcy. Love your Louisiana pics.

  3. I really liked the shdow of Christ on the church.

  4. Gosh, who says one person can't make a difference!!! They may have high prices, but they must read every single letter they get! You gotta give them credit for reading and answering!I LOVE the shadow of Jesus, and can't wait to see your beach finds! I hope you take close-ups!

  5. that shadow shot is great - all the best and thanks for your wishes.

  6. Magical ambience in the photos of the Christ figure! And the colours of the night in the small photos is brilliant!

  7. He casts a giant shadow. Nice!
    Have a merry Christmas, Anni.

  8. Simply Spectacular! Just like you!

    And especially OUR LORD!



  9. Happy Saturday Anni..oh my goodness 187 weekends of being a hostess is most commendable.
    Lovely shots today.
    Now you have me pining for some rice krispy treats. LOL
    Hugs C

  10. Cool pictures! A very good shadow shot there, Anni. I went to see "The Descendants" the other day, which has been getting very good reviews. It's good but not super wonderful, I didn't think.

  11. Great shadow shot in the first part of your post, and I love the street scenes.

  12. Fab ShadowShots! I realllllly love the shadow of Christ. Very appropriate for this time of year too!!

  13. oh New Orleans is such a fun city. That's an awesome shadow!

  14. I love your shadow shot!
    It's a crime what some attractions charge to get in. I often wonder how families can afford to go to Disney World...for a family of four just to park n enter the park is over three hundred dollars or more. I think seniors should get better discounts that are offered for some places.

  15. Anonymous12/17/2011

    Ohh Anni ist das schön und du bist eine sehr freundliche Frau.

    Herzlichst ♥ Marianne

  16. NOLA has a cool shadowy night view from the sacred (the Lord on the cathedral) to the party time. It seems that this city lives large 24/7, so why not nighttime shadows, too??

    Sorry about the aquarium price rise. We all hope to patronize the best local attractions but we want value, too. The quandary we all see, hoping fr the best value possible these days...

  17. Beautiful!
    Merry CHRISTmas Anni!

  18. Anni, I'm not sure how you find the whole sand dollars. They are so fragile. We searched the beach for hours in the 70s, when Michelle was young, and only found two that were anywhere near whole and they had little nicks out of the edges.

    Everything is so expensive. For us to take the grandsons to a movie at the theater, it costs almost $100. Way beyond our budget.

    Love all your vacation photos. Be sure to drop by the Writing Nook for another free download.


  19. Hi there Anni
    I so agree with you about pricing to see exhibits not only for seniors but in general .. these places cry that they will have to close down because of lack of funds .. when it is really the prices they charge that is the problem !
    Your shadow shot is great and I loved seeing the pictures of New Orleans !!

  20. Anonymous12/17/2011

    I know, there is alot I would "like" to see and visit, but too high of an expense. It's a shame.
    Very powerful shadow you have. Beautiful.

  21. We always went to the aquarium and toured the ship there in CC each summer that we spent with our family. Such fun. The aquarium is the best I have ever been to.

    I have my SHADOW SHOT up but can't find where to link.....poor, pitiful me, the OLDEN one. If anything changes, I am lost for days and days. :))

  22. Just found it...thanks to your button. :)

  23. That's wonderful how you captured the shadow of Christ on the Cathedral! I love it!!

  24. That second photo is absolutely wonderful, Anni. I love it.
    And Bourbon Street. I love and adore Bourbon Street. The music, oh, the wonderful music! I was there in 1980 and can still remember every note and how it made me feel.
    I like the rest of New Orleans, too, by the way.

  25. What a heavenly vision-that shadow of Christ is! A very befittng image for us to welcome HIm into our hearts and souls.

  26. Oh how I love that shadow shot! I'd love to visit those churches, I've always had a fascination for old churches like that.

    How wonderful that you were able to find a couple of shells that you'd never seen before, I look forward to seeing pictures of them:-)

    I think the last time I went to the movie theatre was when The Santa Clause was first shown...yup, quite a few years ago! lol I just wait for the movie to come out on dvd!!

    Isn't it ridiculous how much some of these places ask for entry fees. Even the senior rates are much too high! Hopefully they'll soon bring down their rates at the aquarium and you'll be able to go again.

    Wonderful pictures from New Orleans!! xoxo

  27. You shadow shot is quite dramatic, I like it!

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

  28. Wow! These are wonderful photos! Thanks so much for your kind words Anni and I look forward to keeping in touch with you and the rest of the lovely shadowy gang via the new SSS home :)

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  29. Wonderful pictures Anni.

    My Shadow. Thank you for supporting the new team of the Shadow Shot. Happy Holidays!

  30. Another very enjoyable post.

  31. What astrong and powerful shadow

  32. Good for you sending an email. And you got an answer. That's good service. Hopefully the prices will go down...
    Merry Christmas & happy holidays!

  33. 'Tis an eerie shadow, my dear!


    Many shadow-seekers say,
    “Oh, the one that got away!”

    Why are you so uptight, folks?
    Can’t you take light’s little jokes?

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Gnarled Tree Shadows

  34. I love your shadow shot for the week! that's fantastic. and I love rice krispie treats too. I could eat them forever, but try to stop at two. have a great week Anni, and happy day to you.

  35. I love that shadow of Christ on the church - striking. Your trip to New Orleans sure did give you a lot of blog fodder, didn't it??

    I'm so glad you heard from the aquarium people - that is unusual and sounds hopeful. Good for you for writing!

    My concerts are all over and I am now basking in the peace of my little room here, and thankful it's over. But I so enjoyed the experience once again. My feet sure got tired - and the broken toe situation didn't help!

    Have a great week, dear Anni!

  36. Good sighting of the statue's shadow, Annie. Hope you get to go to the aquarium soon (the cost sounds outrageous to me, too).


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