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Abandoned in Natchez


  1. Rusha Sams

    Been to Natchez many times. Saw stately homes, lush gardens, women in period costumes. Have never seen this sight — and that’s what I love! You’ve found something special for another reason — its lonely, abandoned appearance with those cats peeping out. Excellent!!!

    • fotograffer

      I try to find and photograph the less photographed and the “abandoned” theme appeals to me. Thanks For your comment Arusha, and thanks for visiting.

  2. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    instead of pondering this morning’s sunrise, i’m trying to figure out WHERE this image was taken!

    when i read the title of your post, i thought, ‘the winsor ruins… longwood…,’ so i smiled when i saw and read this post!

    i think i’ll lob it to a few natchez friends of mine and see if they nail it! ron and mimi miller would instantly know where these images were taken!

    have you read any or all of greg iles’ books?


  3. westleymo

    Dearest Zeebra,
    That is an old building, believe it or not, one block from the city auditorium right on Canal St. In fact, when they filmed the recent James Brown movie, “Get On Up”, here in Natchez that building was used as a juke joint. The building now has the words “Rosie’s Beer Garden” painted along the right side and and parking instructions for the nearby coffee shop are painted along the left. The abandoned animal issue is one that we combat daily (although it is nothing compared to the Mississippi Delta area’s severity) and our state has passed laws to keep this from happening. The biggest obstacles we face now are educating people and getting the police to enforce the new laws. I personally have three kitties that were abandoned (and I am allergic to them). We found them when they were 2-3 weeks old and have bottle fed them and watched them grow into wonderful, loving, now 12 week old, kittens. I am desperately trying to find them homes so if anyone sees this and would like to help please contact me at I wish these beautiful photos and their meaningful captions could be seen by more people!

    • fotograffer

      Thanks for identifying the building. We were first attracted to the Steampunk, ( a ) great coffee shop just behind it. Much to photograph in the area, but the kittens got most of our attention.

      Hopefully, someone will contact you about your kittens.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • Playamart - Zeebra Designs

      westley, dear westley! it’s great to read your feedback; i feel as if i’m back in natchez! if so, we might go on a zebra-stripe-painting mission!

      you should open a wordpress site for the rescued animals and give them their own voices!

      thanks for the feedback!


    • fotograffer

      Our photos do tell stories, some happy, some sad. I have read that a good photo is one that evokes emotion. As for these kittens, they did not appear to be feral nor undernourished. Just curious and cautious. Thanks for commenting Meredith.


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