Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spring is Right around the Corner

Things are definitely warming up in Acadiana!

A wintertime swamp tour sunset.

It was a cool Mardi Gras, but not cold enough to keep her short shorts in the house as seen below!
Mardi Gras parade rolls through Lafayette under clear blue skies


Mardi Gras revelers in costume returning to downtown Lafayette after a day on the prairie.

For a great link to a documentary film by Pat Mire
about the Courir de Mardi Gras on the prairie go here: Dance for a Chicken



Well isn't it nice to see the green grass and flowers growing under clear blue skies after the dreary, wet, and cold, frozen winter season we have experienced thus far.



For great Courir de Mardi Gras photos by Bradley Black of the 2010 Cajun prairie celebration which is an ancient tradition in the areas west of Lafayette.



Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Brave Couple from Sweden and Bald Eagles at Lake Martin

Peter and Eva




I did a tour for a brave couple from Sweden this week and they thought they were ready for the cold.

But like like many people who come from the north they find out that the humidity, wind and 50' F cold here, is a different kind of cold than what they are accustomed to.

We did observe a lot of green in the swamp in spite of the freezing temps lately.

Like the lesser duckweed below.



Also got out on the levee in the rookery for a walk, 
and looked at the variety of trees in a bottomland hardwood forest,
 and the palm covered ridge in the background,
to see a different side of the swamp as seen below.



The dogs enjoyed a walk...
that's Ruby, my Catahoula  below.


Right as we came into the lake at the end of the tour we came upon a Bald Eagle on a tree top as seen below.





He seemed to do OK, but she was well wrapped and still couldn't take it when we got back to the lake.


So we kept it safe and headed in at about 1 3/4 hours.