Saturday, February 2, 2013

Boating on the Atchafalaya Swamp

On Thursday January 24th, John Pollard took Darryl and I out on his boat to do a little fishing and sight seeing on the Atchafalaya Swamp. Although we didn't catch any fish we had a such a pleasant time boating around the canals and channels and looking from one bayou into the next, seeing the many different types of water fowl and other birds. Here are a few pictures of us having fun on the water.

Heron, cranes, eagles, geese, ducks, hawks and buzzards......Darryl even saw a couple of gators on the way down sunning themselves near the road, Wow!!!! It was wonderful! 

 Being the fabulous photographer I am, I was so busy looking and gawking that I didn't get pictures of the wildlife,

But I loved looking at the beautiful Bald Cypress trees with the Spanish moss gently swaying in the breeze. It was such a lovely sight.


Zapps.... best potato chips around!

Hmmm..... I don't think I look like a native swamp person.

Can you see the gator?

Yeah.... we didn't see any either.

The water was pretty muddy. Darryl couldn't even get a nibble. 

See.... I told you I was busy! 

 Okay kids, nature lesson time. Something you only see in the winter when the leaves are off the trees and bushes is the mark the water leaves on the trees and shrubs. Where the dark color ends and the light color begins on the trees in the background is the high water mark. At least 10 or 12 ft. high.

The ferry ride back across the Mississippi.

When we got back to the Pollards, Rosa had a delicious meal awaiting us. Shrimp etouffee and Jambalaya with peach cobbler for dessert. John has promised to take us back on the swamp in the spring or summer when green, the water is clear and the fish are biting. 

The Pollards
Rosa, their grandson Tiggy and John. 
We love you!

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