Friday, December 9, 2011

de la Houssaye's Louisiana Swamp Tour August 2011

It was was hot, and I am talking like 100' every day for the whole month!

This is not typical, and about 5-10 degrees above normal?

As a result, I was limited to doing sunrise and sunset tours in order to avoid the heat of the day.

The video below was shot in one day at sunrise and again at sunset.

Two Louisiana swamp tours in one day.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Swamp trip In alligator's homeland

November, 2011

The Bayou Swamp Tour

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Best Bed And Breakfast At Lake Martin




Minutes a way from Breaux Bridge, St. Martinsville, and Lafayette,



is a really comfy and unique accomodation on the edge of the rookery, and about a one minute walk to the alligators nest.



So, if you are coming to do my Louisiana Swamp Tour


I suggest you stay at The Cottage at Lake Martin.




I Love The Autumn Season!




Tastefully decorated,



clean, and well appointed kitchen,




and dining area.



One bedroom,



one bath,



with a foldout couch,



this little camp in the woods can easily sleep 4-5 people, and you are about a 10 minute walk to where I launch my world famous Louisiana Swamp Tours.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Best Swamp Tour In Louisiana

Well... that's what I keep hearing! And I don't want to toot my own horn, but that's what people are saying again, so if you want to join me for a Louisiana swamp tour, you can call me at 337 298 2630 for reservations.




These guys recently came from Belgium and Spain,



and not only thanked me for a great Louisiana swamp tour,



they later friended me on Facebook and commented that I had not only helped them understand what is going on in the Louisiana swamps, and the united States, but also the rest of the world.



Oh, I love this time of the year,

natural air conditioning,



the trees are turning colors,











and the pair of Bald Eagles are about to nest!



The Coreopsis are blooming,



and everywhere we turn nature is smiling at us.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Home Grown Louisiana Satsumas

You can call me at 337 298 2630 to make a reservation for a Louisiana Swamp Tour,
and buy oranges from the local area at the landing, before or after the tour.





We have organic Louisiana grown satsumas everyday at Lake Martin Landing. You can call Russell at 337 277 1859 to place your order in advance. Sweet and flavorful! Best if you call in advance to insure he is there, because he is sometimes on the road making deliveries.



Satsumas are the easy to peel oranges.




Russell has assured me that he does not spray anything in any season. The only thing that goes into these oranges is sunshine, rain and pure Louisiana Teche Ridge soil.





These trees are loaded down, and need to be picked. Help us out here, because we don't pick until we have orders going out and they are moving everyday. See you at the lake!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

My Cousin Darlene And The Bear

My cousin Darlene, made the news with a bear in her back yard. While her yard is about 25 miles south of the Cypress Island Swamp where I do my Louisiana swamp tours at Lake Martin,



the bear most likely came through this area on it's annual migration from north Louisiana to the Gulf coast last month.





The Louisiana Black Bear is a protected species that has now expanded in population to the point where discussion of an open hunting season is on the table.




The annual fall migration follows the Mississippi River south to the Three Rivers area, and then heads into the Atchafalaya swamp, and finally the last leg is an ancient stream bed of the Mississippi which is now a chain of lakes such as Spanish Lake near New Iberia, and Lake Martin where I do my world famous swamp tours.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A Wonderful Weekend

with temps in the 50's on Friday night, we danced at the Blue Moon Saloon without sweating...



and the next day I guided a Lake Martin Swamp Tour with temps around 80 degrees. Perfect weather!




My new friends from Austin and New York really made my weekend so special



with lots of smiles, laughter, and inspiration to celebrate life in all it's glory.



Although intelligent blondes are an oxy-moron for most people, lucky me to have 3 atomic blondes in my company, all at one time!-)



We did not get to see the Bald Eagles on any of the de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours this weekend, but I did manage to snap a pretty cool photo from 100 meters away when the pair arrived about 2 weeks ago.



Well, I have another special group coming out tomorrow morning, so...





See you later alligator!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Swamp People Are Hot!





The temperatures are once again in the mid 90's now that the rain has stopped,



and the swamp is definately wet and wild,


as seen in the photos above and below!

That's right, an aliigator just ate a six foot long Grey Rat Snake.

You saw it here first!

And this is the kind of action you may be priveledged to enjoy if you are with me on a Louisiana Swamp Tour in August.

So we are back to the sunrise and sunset schedule.


We will always see more wildlife this time of the year if we tour in the cool of the day,


as seen above and below,


when we followed this very large gator before he dove under and exploded away.


Typically, when these big boys go down, you don't see them come up again.



Wildlife was everywhere on this particular day,



and it is hard to keep the boat moving to make a little breeze and evaporate our sweat, with so many photo opportunities.



Not only is Lake Martin pristine and beautiful,



there are many tall shady Bald Cypress in this swamp to shield us from the blazing tropical solar radiation.



As you can see in the photo above, Valyrie, my Louisiana Catahoula is intently focused on something slithering in the water, most likely a little gator, as they are everywhere in the vacinity of the mama gators nest.


Well by the time we got to the now famous post card from Louisiana tree,




I was drenched with perspiration,

but you do what you have to do, to put a smile on your guests face.





One of the neat insects of this time of year is the seven year locust.



It lives underground in the roots of trees for six years as a larvae,



and then in it's seventh year, it tunnels up into the air and sunshine and sheds it's ecktoskeleton, as seen below,



and metamophoses into an adult, and lives in the tree tops.

The seven year locusts are one of the major noise makers buzzing in the trees of Louisiana swamps this time of year, along with the symphony of tree frogs.

If you would like to join me for a Louisiana Swamp Tour, you can call me at 337 298 2630 for reservations. And please bear in mind...tours are by reservation only.