Foto Friday: On Frozen Pond

Sun setting over our frozen pond

Sun setting over our frozen pond

I took this picture when I was out for a walk yesterday, the first time it’s been “warm” enough for this Southern girl in months. Our local meteorologists say that spring is just around the corner. I hope so, but I’ll believe it when the ice on this frozen pond in my neighborhood finally melts. Come on, spring! 🙂

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Foto Friday: Black History Month Project

At 2 Dope Sistahs we want to support other scholars. On this last day of February, we are using our Foto Friday: Black History Month Edition to introduce the work of a budding young scholar named “Nina.” She is Da Hype 1’s daughter. While other first-graders at her school submitted poster projects on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. or Rosa Parks, Nina is an independent thinker who decided her Black History Month project would be on Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm.

Nina's project

Nina’s project

As you can see, Nina has incorporated the Shirley Chisholm Black Heritage stamp into her project.

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I hope you have enjoyed Nina’s awesome poster. Take note; we may be looking at the work of a future artist, literary scholar, engineer, historian, or even a princess.

Did your young scholar have a Black History Month project? Well, don’t be bashful. Send us a picture on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to see it.

Foto Friday: Laura Plantation

This installment of Foto Friday, Black History Month Edition, features pictures that I took at Laura Plantation (formerly Duparc Plantation), a 37-acre plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. Named for Laura Locoul Gore, this sugar plantation was built in the early 19th century and is on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail. There are 12 original buildings, including slave quarters. This plantation is thought to be the site where Alcée Fortier collected the folktales from African-American freedpeople that became known as the Brer Rabbit tales.

My good friend and colleague Tiwanna Simpson and I visited it in 2003, when it was in the process of being restored. (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) Since then, there has been a fire that destroyed much of the house and of course Hurricane Katrina, but the restoration was finally completed in 2011. Daily tours focus on lives and lifestyle of Creole owners of the plantation. We learned very little about the enslaved people on the plantation. (Hopefully, that has changed.) We were told that there was a different tour, “the adult tour,” which focused on the enslaved people.

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Plantation Big House, erected 1804

View from the Big House

View from the Big House

The plantation was built on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Skilled workmanship

Skilled workmanship (left)

I was so glad that Dr. Simpson encouraged me to take this picture, although I didn’t know why at the time. The exposed brick shows the original brick (left) and an addition from the late 19th century. Skilled enslaved people built this home in the early 19th century. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that enslaved people had no skills.

Slave Cabins

Slave Cabins

Enslaved people (and later freedpeople) lived in these cabins on Laura plantation.

Close-up of a cabin

Close-up of a cabin

This cabin has been restored.

Foto Friday: Close-up

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 26: Close-up

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

I have wondered about this strange fruit since I moved to Iowa. In the fall, these grapefruit or softball sized, greenish-yellow, rough-textured fruits were all over the ground, but I had no idea what they were. Finally, out of curiosity, I took these pictures and did a little research. This is the fruit of the Osage orange tree. Am I the only one who thinks it’s funny looking?

Osage orange tree (Scientific name: Maclura pomifera)

Osage orange tree (Scientific name: Maclura pomifera)

Almost all of the fruit had fallen from this tree by mid-November. The fruit is non-poisonous and edible, although apparently not consumed because of its unpleasant taste. However, the fruit is used as a decoration and touted by some as an effective, natural insect repellant.

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Depending on the region, the Osage orange is called by different names, including hedge apple, horse apple, and bois d’arc.


Foto Friday: Animal

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 24: Animal

Polar Bear and Penguins

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my neighborhood. We have snow on the ground and it’s wicked cold (9 degrees as I write this post). So, it’s not a surprise that the only animals I could find outside were actually lawn decorations.

Foto Friday: Inspirational

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 22: Inspirational

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Suffering and Triumph

The cross in Christianity represents both suffering and triumph, symbolizing Christ’s crucifixion for the redemption of mankind’s sins. Many Christians find comfort and inspiration in this symbol. This photo is of the grounds of a local Methodist church.

Foto Friday: Scenes from Autumn

Earlier this week, it snowed in southeastern Iowa. This was our second snow this fall. Since cold winter weather seems to be approaching rapidly, I decided to make “Scenes from Autumn” the subject of this week’s “Foto Friday.”

Early October

Early October

I took this picture during a walk around my neighborhood.

A week before Halloween.

A week before Halloween.

One of my neighbors carved this pumpkin, and I couldn’t resist. Go Buckeyes! O-H!

Hay Bales, early November.

Hay Bales, early November.

I’m fascinated by these bales of hay because I’m never around when they are made.

Snow, snow, snow. . .

Snow, snow, snow. . .

Leaves on the ground. Snow. Bye-bye, fall.

Foto Friday: In My Bag

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 20: In My Bag

Da Realist 1: Caution–Heavy Load

Contents under pressure

Caution: Heavy Load

Here are the contents of my purse/handbag. My mother always said you weren’t supposed to look inside someone else’s purse. Is that because you may see something private, something for my eyes only? Maybe the items inside reveal something about me. The only thing that I think it reveals is that I like to carry around a lot of stuff. What do you think?

Update: My mother, keeper of old wives’ tales and superstitions, informed me that it is  men who should not look inside your purse. When I asked why, I got the all purpose answer: “because it’s bad luck.”

Foto Friday: Something You Want

Each “Foto Friday” 2dopesistahs pay homage to our love of Pinterest by remixing one of the posts we saw there, the “30 Day Photography Challenge,” originally posted on the Little Bennet blog. We are presenting our photographs so that we can explore the power of the camera and how we see the world.

Day 19: Something You Want

BreakfastDa Hype 1: Breakfast

It’s Friday and I was running late to work. Folks have been in and out of the office chatting about absolutely nothing and I have a meeting coming up. Oh, and did I say that the phone won’t stop ringing? All I want right now is to have my breakfast!

Happy Friday, ya’ll!!