Postcards from the road

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Taking off

The egret first caught my eye, and as I approached, the ducks got spooked ... near Cedar Key, Florida. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Port St. Joe sunset

Day's end ... near Port St. Joe, Florida, February 2016. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Cedar Key osprey

An osprey appeared to be building a nest atop the mast of this wrecked sailboat near Cedar Key, Florida. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Cape Saint George Lighthouse

The Cape Saint George Lighthouse, built in 1852, stands at the end of the highway connecting Saint George Island with mainland Florida, east of Apalachicola. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Oyster Bay, Florida

An abandoned house seems to be collapsing into the palmetto and Spanish moss at Spring Creek, Florida, on a road that dead-ends into Oyster Bay. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Down in the alley, New Orleans

A decorative -- and much-decorated -- courtyard gate on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Napoleon House, New Orleans

The Napoleon House in the French Quarter, built in 1794, houses a restaurant and a bar. It's been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1970. The bar is known for serving its Pimm's Cup cocktails. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

The Marigny

A scene on St. Claude Avenue in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans, adjacent to the French Quarter. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Sweet home, Louisiana

Dilapidated workers' quarters at an abandoned sugar cane plantation near Thibodaux, Louisiana. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

French Quarter patrol

Some things never change: Bourbon Street, in the French Quarter, New Orleans. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Ghost ship

What remains of the abandoned steam-powered sternwheel towboat Mamie S. Barrett, built in 1921, sits tied to trees and beached far from the water of a Mississippi River chute south of Vidalia, Louisiana. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Close to Comfort, Texas

Near the Texas town of Comfort, I found this scene while wandering around the Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Fill 'er up with Sinclair regular

I found this service station with a rare old manually powered gasoline pump with an intact glass globe near Sisterdale, Texas. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Lone Star State of Mind

When you're in Texas, you're not likely to mistake it for anywhere else in the world. (Found in Calvert, Texas, northeast of Austin.) (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Redland Drive-In, Texas

I found this abandoned drive-in on U.S. 59 in East Texas near Lufkin. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Mean-Eyed Cat, Austin, Texas

The decor inside the Mean-Eyed Cat, a bar on W. 5th Street in Austin, Texas, is an homage to all things Johnny Cash. I stopped by twice while I was there. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Texas Cotton Belt

Speeding through East Texas on the Cotton Belt Route, near Omaha in Morris County. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Main Street, Calvert, Texas

This east-central Texas town was a major cotton-growing center in the late 1800s. But in 1899, Calvert was damaged by floods, and in 1901, a fire destroyed much of the town's remaining business district. It's now known mainly for its stores that sell antiques. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Keeping Austin batty

Every night from April through October in Austin, Texas, a crowd shows up at the Congress Avenue bridge downtown to watch thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats fly out from their seasonal home under the span at sunset to begin feeding on insects. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)

Don't listen to the wind

Electricity-generating windmills slowly turn in the constant West Texas wind near Landergin, close to the New Mexico border. (Photo copyright Mike Kerr)