This was my year.

I actually did a post for the decade, since it has been one giant whammy of a decade. But I scrapped that post. I know where I’ve been and what it took to get here, and if you know me you know that story as well. So here is my year. I won’t say it’s … Continue reading

Returning to the Gulf

I will be returning to the Gulf of Mexico August 4-10, one month after the original trip for Gulf Oil Coverage. There were some stories I saw, that I couldn’t chase, and some images I needed I was unable to get. So here I go. Here are a few of the images from the last … Continue reading

Audubon Nature Institute, NOLA

One of two Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles on display at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans. The turtles are two of 112 rescued so far, and cleaned up from oil contamination from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency

FORT MORGAN, Ala.

The ‘sugar sand’ beaches at Fort Morgan used to be white according to one clean-up worker. Fort Morgan is a State Historic site as well as an upscale beach community. One of the interesting aspects of Fort Morgan are the endangered Alabama Beach Mice. They live in small burrows in the sand, and only come … Continue reading

ORANGE BEACH, Ala.

Boom operations in Cotton Bayou and Bayou Saint John. The white boom is called sorbent boom and is dragged behind the boats with pompoms attached that collect any surface oil. The different colors of boom are for different types of water, and use, but every boom has universal attachments so they can be linked without … Continue reading

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala.

LONG BEACH, Miss.

Oily waters slowly crept onto the shore July 7, at Long Beach — near Gulfport and Biloxi, MS — where swimmers tried to enjoy the bright and sunny day despite the gloomy truth about the BP oil disaster. Government officials also increased the clean up hours to a 24-hour cycle.

Long Beach into night

Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010. A large amount of oil washed ashore in Long Beach prompting the first night time cleaning. Lights were brought in for the workers, originally, the lights had amber colored filters on them to protect any sea turtles in the area. The filters were peeled off when the men in charge were told there was no danger from the lights. Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency

Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010. A large amount of oil washed ashore in Long Beach prompting the first night time cleaning. Lights were brought in for the workers, originally, the lights had amber colored filters on them to protect any sea turtles in the area. The filters were peeled off when the men in … Continue reading

GRAND ISLE, La.

LAROSE, La. and Bobby Pitre

Tattoo shop owner and artist Bobby Pitre of Larose, LA decided to let his opinion be known with artwork painted by he and a friend on the side of his Larose tattoo parlor. He said he could stand on the corner and yell about it, or he could paint this and let it speak for … Continue reading