The beginning of the trail at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - what a mouthful!
Messy and complicated, the cypress swamp was endlessly interesting. I would just stop and look as far into it as I could.
A wonderful view into the Barataria swamp.
Jean Lafitte invitational
Folks said that the greening came early to New Orleans and I was so glad...starved for color I was.
Ferns on some cypress knees with plenty of other vegitation. When you get into other types of swamp/bayou, the ferns disappear. I was glad for them here.
Impelled by curiosity
A downpour was imminent, so I didn't wander too far from the Visitor center. Luckily there was plenty to marvel at.
Braving the temps
About a three-footer on the side of the trail at Jean Lafitte. Some lovely regulars pointed it out to me! My my first wild alligator.
The distance between
In the pouring rain - the first time I had the G9 in this much wet and it did fine! Such a lush landscape to begin with, but the rain enhanced it.
A short step up
Rain didn't bother this great egret. They're everywhere in Louisiana, even roadside ditches.
Maybe if I just sit here
This time with neck folded, this great egreat waits for me to leave it alone.
aka Cryptothecia rubrocincta - a tropical and subtropical lichen. It really is this color!
Focus your attention
I loved how wavy the railing has become on this section. Someone will have to replace it soon
aware of my presence, but obviously couldn't really care less this alligator can barely be bothered to give me the stink eye.
Island of the LBMs
Not many mushrooms on display in the Louisiana swamp, but there were a few and of course I had to find a way to shoot them.
Working to the we
More lush vegetation on the trail in Louisiana. It was such a treat to see this much green so early in the year. It doesn't happen in Wisconsin!
Palmettos line the trails like fans at a parade.
As they may fall
It's pretty, but I think this is Salvinia unfortunately - it's an invasive and crowding out native duck weed. Still the patterns were irresistible sometimes.
What on earth?
I had NO IDEA about these little mounds in the swamp. Turns out they are burrowing crawfish constructions. They are terrestrial and live mostly underground, building these tiny "volcanoes" at the entrances.
This tree grew over and around a large mollusk shell midden left behind by the Tchefuncte people who lived in the New Orleans area before Europeans. When building roads for oil exploration, the midden was dug out and the roots left exposed.
Spanish moss is neither - it's actually an epiphytic flowering plant that is dependent on, but not parasitical to the trees on which it grows. An epiphyte absorbs nutrients and water through its leaves from the air and rainwater.
All kinds of plants use the water surface in the wamps and bayous of Louisiana.
A manmade canal beside the boardwalk - one of the only views with both.