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Sunday, March 23, 2008

My Town Monday

I'd hoped to take some pictures of the local homes this past weekend, but there's really no safe parking on our narrow streets & people get creeped out by strangers photographing their homes. At any rate, here are some highlights from a pamphlet on the walking tour of Abita Springs' historical district;


Berkeley Gallery and Studio (from last week's MTM entry & #28 on the map, above,) is an example of a Vaccaro House.
As noted in the picture above, the Abita Springs pavilion (mentioned and displayed in previous MTM entries,) is on the National Register of Historical Places.

Now, in a different vein...

I was surprised to stumble upon this Carolina wren's nest in a folded up chair on my deck today. It seems to be abandoned, but I've left it there in case it's not.
One of many honeybees on clover in our backyard. Nice to see them around these days, even if I am allergic.
At the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve, the plethora of carnivorous plants are starting to bloom. More on that next week...

"My Town Monday" is the brainchild of Travis Erwin. Visit his blog to view entries from all over.
Click the "My Town Monday" label below for previous posts about Abita Springs.

21 comments:

Travis Erwin said...

Tell me more about those meat eating plants. I'm intrigued.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Apologies, but you'll have to tune in next week (I've updated the post to reflect that.)

Barrie said...

Fun post. I love all the drawings and photos. And, hey, I found a bird's nest in my clothes line this weekend!

Debbielou said...

Great photos!
Birds are a bit of a sore subject at the moment - I'm being hounded by a Blackbird who loves to attack my windows !

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Lana,

Thanks for the historic district info and the flowers are gorgeous.

Terrie

Lana Gramlich said...

Barrie; Do you know what kind of nest? Is it still in use?

Debbielou; You could try taping silhouettes of hawks to the windows for a while--that might dissuade the blackbird. (Alternately, if you can tolerate it for a while, I'm sure it'll stop once mating season's over.)

Terrie; Thank you. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

That was so cool finding that bird's nest. yesterday was so great when we spent long hours out on the deck. Very wonderful.

Josephine Damian said...

Lana: I like the brochure of the walking tour and thought the footprints were a nice whimsical touch.

As a botanist first and foremost, I too am looking forward to hearing more about the plants.

Interesting that the bird made the nest so low to the ground (unless your deck is raised up and is not accessible from ground level) - in my neighborhood, raccoons would have made quick work of those eggs. They sure devoured a pineapple I was growing in the yard. Bet it was tasty.

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Great shots - like the carnivorous plants and had to smile at the nest.
Good idea doing the map - interesting detail. Snow here this weekend - no real spring weather yet!

Shauna Roberts said...

The bees were out in force in our yard yesterday, too, visiting even plants that weren't flowering. Instead of honeybees, they were very tiny bees. I thought at first they were gnats.

That photo of the bird's nest in the chair was surprising and raises lots of questions.

I hadn't heard of the Vaccaro houses before. Thanks for your continuing posts on Abita Springs.

Billy said...

A little bit of everything in the post today. Very enjoyable--and nice painting!!

Ello said...

How cool about the nest! That is too great!

Britta Coleman said...

Great photos...love the bird's nest in a chair. We keep catching a dove squatting in an old potted plant from last summer, but no nest as of yet...

lyzzydee said...

Great info, are the plants the ones that give off a horrible stick to attract insects??

Jason said...

I knew you'd have Travis' attention when you mentioned anything carnivorous.

WordVixen said...

Carnivorous...? Oh, my.

*snarf at Travis' meat obsession*

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; The weather was perfect all weekend. I enjoyed the deck, too. I saw the wren on the deck railing yesterday. S/he headed toward the nest, so maybe they're still going to use it.

Josephine; There are no eggs in the nest yet & our deck is 4' off the ground. Although there are stairs to the yard, that seems to have been a boundary the yard critters (raccoons & possums,) won't cross. That's not to say that might not change, however.

Julie; Yes, had to photocopy the map of the walking tour. There wasn't much else in the pamphlet I could use, unfortunately. There are plans to put sidewalks in, so I may be able to get some house pictures in the future, so this map may come in handy then...
We've been into Spring weather for at least a month & a half now.

Shauna; Tiny bees? How strange...
The wren's been poking around in the hanging plants on the deck for over a year now. From what I understand, they like to nest in them. Since ours are fake, however, & this folded up, empty chair was nearby, s/he must have figured, "this'll do." *LOL*
Always glad to share Abita. It helps me learn more about the area, too.

Billy; Thanks!

Ello; If we end up with eggs our there I'll be floored.

Britta; "Yet" is probably the key word there. ;)

Lyzzydee; You'll have to tune in next week, too. Sorry.

Wordvixen; It's pretty cool. Sometimes they stretch as far as the eye can see. Deadly place for bugs!

The Anti-Wife said...

I loved the pamphlet with the footprints. And your pictures are wonderful. Looking forward to learning about those Travis eating plants.

Travis said...

I love a little pavillion like that in a small town.

Lana Gramlich said...

Anti-wife; Thanks. I'm looking forward to the next MTM post, myself. :)

Travis; That "little" 2-story pavilion can actually hold a hundred people or more. But yes, it's pretty cool. I'm looking forward to the day it's formally reopened. When we first moved here it was Katrina damaged & since then, there's been much work in restoring & moving it. We're getting there, though! Slowly but surely.

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