Photo Challenge: Nature Conquers Man

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© John Linton
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Q: I am really into my wildlife photography but cannot afford a super zoom lens, I have a 300mm and am considering a teleconvertor. Has anybody had a experience with these and would you recommend them?

A: Do you know?

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I spent from 10 February to 25 February 2006 working for Habitat for Humanity building homes in Covington, LA. On 19 February the church group I was with headed into New Orleans to meet up with the other group from our church that had come down to work in Pearlington, MS. The Rev. Jean Marie Peacock took us on a tour of the devastation that started at her church, the Lakeview Presbyterian, which had been gutted as a result of the 17th Street Canal Levee break. She said a third of her congregation had left and would not be back, a third had left and hoped to be back, and a third had stayed. Dale Davis, a member of Rev. Jean’s flock, showed us what was left of her home. Our makeshift caravan then traveled east, past the construction workers tents in City Park, to the site of the London Street Canal Levee break. From there we headed south into the devastated Lower 9th Ward and then west into the French Quarter where she left us.

I took this photo at the site of the London Street Canal Levee break with a Wal-Mart throw away camera.

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In the Nature Conquers Man: Katrina photo essay.

29 responses

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    very deep mud, I mean meaning...the sign speaks volumes.

  • Ted Gorczyca

    Ted Gorczyca gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    excellent capture

  • Simon Kossoff

    Simon Kossoff (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    I really love it!

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (18 Jun 2009):

    me too!

  • matraguna

    matraguna (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    interesting shot and story

  • J. Harris Blacklist

    J. Harris Blacklist gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Excellent Work. Telling Image and story

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    An extremely eloquent shot. I can't think of anything that would exemplify the theme any better than New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Love the getup and go the worker is clothed + the pose captured. Meets theme very well. Nice.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    outstanding capture, John. Great story, too.

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    I am sure this was an experience you will always remember. Proud of you for helping ou tlike that.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    You Rock John!!! Fantastic!!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Cool find!

  • Jim Hart

    Jim Hart gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    good one, john

  • s w

    s w gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Great shot and and an important story. Thanks for sharing John.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    The tragedy for this community and it's treatment by our government will live on in my mind forever! Nicely captured.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Ha,,,Good Entry

  • Nasera S.

    Nasera S. gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Nice work here and there too!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Wow... very powerful shot.... thank God for people like you and your group that went there to help!!!

  • david ong

    david ong gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    a great entry John, and very proud of you.

  • Donna Whitecotton

    Donna Whitecotton gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Great entry John, thanks for sharing this story and I am sure it is an experience you will always remember....Good job, helping out like that!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    Well done John, great story and this has to be a winner..

  • Angelo Narciso

    Angelo Narciso gave props (19 Jun 2009):

    fantastic work, john! ... on and off the camera!

  • Michaela K.

    Michaela K. gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    Great story and absolutely perfect for this theme!

  • ashton gosnell

    ashton gosnell gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    i have a friend that went and did the same thing you did. all these pictures are fantastic. great thing you did, and great pictures!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    Very moving. Great entry.

  • Despina Afentouli

    Despina Afentouli said (20 Jun 2009):

    Whoa. I wonder how it looks now?

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (20 Jun 2009):

    This picture sends chills down my spine. So simple says so much. Great essay.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (21 Jun 2009):

    Excellent shot and perfect entry! Wonderful thing you did by helping!!

  • Angel Foice

    Angel Foice gave props (29 Jun 2009):

    nice one! great for the theme!

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