Exploring Louisiana

Southern Living photographer Art Meripol is traveling through Louisiana this week. Here he tells us about some of his favorite shots he’s captured so far.  


Photo by Art Meripol

The weather has been pretty gray the whole trip, but that can make for some interesting skies.

I stumbled across this live oak tree in rural Franklin. It was across the street from some cane fields in an unplowed area. It looks like a survivor. I took the photo with the True HDR app then adjusted it with SnapSeed on my iPhone.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

The shrimp boat is permanently docked under a bridge in Des Allemands. It has probably seen the last of its days.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

A cat fish po-boy in Raceland at N.O. Style Po-Boys. “Po-boy” was the restaurant’s spelling. Purists tend to prefer “poor boys.” This is the first place I found after leaving the airport, driving on Highway 90 West.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

Canes are being cut all over this area.  This field is in Baldwin.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

The chair was in front of an old abandoned building near Franklin. It looks like the space used to be a store.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

These oysters from Shucks! were the cleanest, coldest, biggest, freshest, and tastiest ever.

Photo by Art Meripol

Photo by Art Meripol

I like the old suspension bridges found in the blue highways, such as this one in Lafayette. They’re like old Erector sets writ large. I like the contrast and graphic possibilities.


  1. Carol

    Suspension bridge pictured is not in Lafayette. It is the Luling Bridge (also known as the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge), a cable-stayed bridge over the Mississippi River in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana near New Orleans.

    February 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm
  2. bill futrell

    Born and raised in Louisiana. Never once heard it called poor boy.

    December 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm
  3. Mark

    The picture depiciting the abandoned building reminds me of an article I read a few days ago about urban explorers in Toronto and I have to say that their activity immediately caught my attention. Even though I never visited such places in order to take photos it really seems very exciting to me now and as an amateur photographer I have to admit the pictures are really very impressive with a particular atmosphere I’d like to experience.

    December 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm
  4. Gerry


    December 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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