Thursday, August 18, 2011
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.
Posted by Marcus de la Houssaye at 10:53 AM