LBJ Photography Blog
This blog features notes on image creation sessions, photographic lighting, and image editing techniques. Our main website can be found at: http://lbjphotography.com
January 27, 2017
Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 4, Lafayette, LA
We all became honorary Cajuns with certificates to prove it! The one requirement to achieve this honorarium was to try boudin. Not only did Patti, our leader/teacher/coordinator, plan this special treat, but she also bought us a king cake for dessert one night, toted Satsuma mandarin oranges from her tree at home to share with us, supplied us with scarves/gloves for our boat trip, and provided chocolates on our numerous field trips. Being Cajun by birth, she was knowledgable; she thought ahead; and she could even dance the two-step.
Thank you Dennis for identifying everyone!
January 26, 2017
Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 3, Lafayette, LA
Food! Food has been a key part of each day during our adventure—not just any food, but Cajun food! Crawfish, ettoufee, jambalaya, dirty rice—these are all terms we knew. File, roux, the trinity, corn macque choux, and boudin were all revelations to us.
Music! What a special beat Cajun music has! From enjoying a story-telling fiddler to listening to accordion virtuosos to learning the Cajun Waltz and the two-step, music was a big part of this program. We had the opportunity to try our newly-learned steps to the lively beat of a Cajun band, and it was a hoot to watch the REAL pros—the natives—get up and show us how it was really done. Of course, we had two left feet but toward the end we were finally feeling the beat—yes, feeling the beat but not always stepping to it.
Field Trips! How invigorating it was to see the wildlife on Lake Martin! Although this may have been a favorite, we also took other field trips to absorb the culture of Cajun Country—Shadows on the Teche mansion, McIlhenny Company (Avery Island—tabasco factory), and the folk life village. We were immersed in the culture of the region.
January 25, 2017
Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 2, Lafayette, LA
Live oaks—abundant especially on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette—have a society of their own. The oldest member of the Live Oak Society is the president, and the only human privy to the organization is its honorary chairman charged with record keeping. The dues per year are 25 acorns. We stopped to view the second vice president of the Society—the St. John Cathedral Live Oak. It was majestic!
Later in the day we took a field trip to Martin Accordion, a family-owned accordion factory and repair shop, and there we were entertained by three generations of Martin musicians who played lively (very lively) Cajun music.
January 24, 2017
Road Scholar Cajun Experience in Music, Food, Dance Day 1, Lafayette, LA
Multiple choice question: Choose the best answer for the term:
a. Cook a meal
b. Throw up
c. Grocery shop
There were 10 of these Cajun terms, and we had to guess their meanings. It's obvious from OUR answers we don't know Cajun! It's just like the Cajun words to the accordion player's tune in the video below. Believe me, if you can't understand them, it's not the speaker on your computer/phone. We couldn't understand them either. I think he was speaking English with a Cajun accent, but we are not really sure.
A delightfully sunny day was spent at the Jean LaFitte Cultural Center and the Folk Life Village in Vermillionville. The Village was a living history of what life was like for the Cajuns and other immigrants landing in Louisiana in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
January 23, 2017
Silver & Gold Revisited
On our Florida trip in 2012 our blog entry was,
“Running through the tapestry of our entire trip, we have weaved memories which can hardly be duplicated. The greatest highlights have been sharing experiences with our family and friends. They are truly the silver and gold which make our tapestry shimmer with life.”
This trip has been no different; it surely is the relationships, the stories, and the love that bind the tapestry together which has covered our entire essence with warmth. Friends and family---they are the best!
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.