from New Orleans today
given the thousands of abandoned animals (mostly dogs and cats) in New Orleans currently -- and the many that have died in the floodwaters -- there's something about the love this lady has for her guinea pig and the sheer innocent ridiculousness (in the face of the thousands of dead and suffering) that it survived....
it's just beautiful, to me.
(the text that accompanied this photo read:
Carroll Zehner kisses her pet Guinea Pig after returning home Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, in Old Metairie, La. Residents of Jefferson Parish who fleed from Hurricane Katrina were allowed to return home Monday for the first time since the storm.)
this photo appeared alongside many, many other fine photos on the New Orleans Times-Picayune site at http://www.nola.com -- a FINE newspaper produced by a brave bunch of dedicated New Orleans-ers who kept on going until the floodwaters were too high on Tuesday, so they evacuated themselves (and their families who'd spent the hurricane night in the offices) by using their newspaper delivery trucks!
even though many of the staff have lost their homes, they're continuing to keep the paper going, both online and now again in print version.