Friday, October 30, 2009

Seasonal Changes in the Swamp

October Sunrise over Vermilion Bay, south of Lafayette

Louisiana Swamp Tours are well into the autumn season and the moss draped cypress tress are turning colors as seen below.

The Bald Cypress flowers which appear in October, are the long green tentrils as seen below.

The blooms of 2009 are long clusters of green flowers above, which leads to the seed cones of 2010. You can see the round seed cones in the photo below.

It has cooled down, but the warm pleasant temperatures of South Louisiana in October has presented a number of alligator viewing oportunities all month long as seen below.

Along with the fall transition in the swamp, comes some of the best fishing in the marshes of South Louisiana, as seen below.

My fishing buddy is Ed Buchert, manager at the Holiday Inn in North Lafayette. Ed is a master fisherman as seen in the photos above producing the results below.

Speckled Trout on top, Redfish center, and a nice Sheephead at the bottom.

Here is a shot of an icebox full of trout below.

Ed not only loves to feed trout to the family back in Carencro, he comes home with a double helping of Blue Crabs for the feast we share after a day in the marsh.

For me, besides eating catch of the day seafood, one of my great pleasures of fishing at Marsh Island is to enjoy the sights along the way, as seen below.

Sunrise over Cypremort Point

We are approaching the island

Angel, my Catahoula dog, surveys the game warden camp at the mouth of Bird Island Bayou as we enter the island

A rock wier protects the fragile coastal marshland

And at the end of the day we arrive once again at the marina before loading up the boat and going home.

Looking forward...

As we wrap up the month of October with good food and music at the Black Pot Festival this weekend at Acadian Village in Lafayette, we look forward to the Frog Festival in Rayne next month. Below are some of my favorite murals.

Before I close, for the best reference of all your options for doing swamp tours in Louisiana, you can check out Anne's new book.

Below is the introduction to: Louisiana Swamp Tours: The Definitive Guide

Think if you've been on one swamp tour, you've seen them all? Think again. Louisiana has a huge diversity of swamps and wetlands, and the tours through these areas vary enormously according to focus---bird roosts, alligators, big cypress and tupelo gum trees, plenty of wildlife. Many of the guides have spent lifetimes learning the secrets of the swamps as professional fishermen, alligator hunters, trappers, guides, or lumbermen, and they share with passengers their love of the areas and their deep concerns over the fragility of the environments. Illustrated with dozens of fine nature images by award-winning photographer Henry Cancienne, this book contains everything you need to know about every swamp tour in the state.

Above is a link to Amazon so you can order Anne Butler's new book,
Louisiana Swamp Tours; The Definative Guide.