Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Louisiana Holiday Swamp Tours

In the swamp tour photo below with a mixed group from Canada, Connecticut, New York, and Baton Rouge, you can see it was cold, and the only green in the swamp was the duckweed covering the bayou.

The water at Lake Martin is so high in this last week of 2009 that it is actually flowing out of the old spillway on the north side for the first time in over ten years, as seen below.

I had a couple from Japan out on a tour this week and you can see in the background that the swamp is grey as seen below.

If you are coming to do a tour this time of year, mid day is the warmest time of the day, but the sunsets and sunrise may be the most colorful opportunity.

If you are coming to do a tour this time of year don't get your hopes up about seeing alligators. Photos like you see below may be a month or two before coming into season again.

But. if you are lucky, and it does happen in winter, we can have clear sunny days and 70' temperatures, and the alligators come and sun themselves as you can see below.

Below is a photo I took on a swamp tour in December, 2008.

As you can see it was warm, sunny, and the gators were out.

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Good Year For Lake Martin

As the year comes to an end I must admit, all in all, it has been good to be back at the lake and observe so many positive changes occurring after so long overdue.

The most important so far is that the lake was not drained this past fall.

As you can see in the photo below, the water is still below the high level it was before being drained every fall for the last eight years.

All though this blog started out a little over a year ago to help tourists find quality tours in south central Louisiana, the focus expanded to include detailed insights into many of the problems plaguing the area for over a decade.

These problems need to be addressed not only for the quality of swamp tours conducted here, but also and most importantly for the quality of life for the wilderness residents who live in Lake Martin full time.

The abuses and neglect of the past are diminishing , but we still have a lot of work to do. And I wish we were all working together to bring resolution to the problems, and then I would only have pleasant things to post here and we could all enjoy the fine wilderness experiences that I have been privileged to share with our visiting guest from all over the world.

We shared some great sunsets as seen below.

We made friends from all over the world, and in the boat tour photo below, are guests from South Africa, Canada, and Wales.

As the fall colors brightened the month of November as seen below and made great landscape photos I am looking forward to the Christmas holidy and 2010.

For now the fall colors are fading and the swamp is taking on a very wintry grey as seen below.

Well the trees have lost the color for the season but not the sunsets.

See you at the lake.

Jesse, a de la Houssaye's Catahoula cur