Normally this blog is about creative photography but I am going to deviate a bit this time with the oil rig crisis in the gulf. We were down to Venice, LA in early April as I was shooting more photographs for my Mississippi River Gallery.

Right now Venice is the center of the news concerning the oil and the impending disaster. Venice is at the end of the river where the dikes end and the river waters meet the gulf waters. What I expected to find were ocean liners going up river to New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

What we found instead was a community of shrimp boats and fishermen..and yes a lot of industry as well. The oil leak is going to kill the fishing and shrimping industry there for some time. This small community at the end of the road is facing a bleak future.

I wanted to share with you on this blog three photos taken at Venice: two of shrimp boats and a third of an old above the ground cemetery that is just a couple hundred feed from the dike where the river meets the gulf…at the end of the road.

By the way, a tiny cafe in Venice had the best shrimp poorboy I have ever had– a dozen or more shrimp on a homebaked Louisiana bread spread with melted butter, and a touch of lettuce and tomato…was large enough for two..and it was.

Venice Shrimpboat Harbor  copy

Venice Shrimp Boats at Harbor  copy

Old Venice Cemetery

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