One of many crab spiders (aka; spiny orbweaver spiders.) These relatively small spiders took a back seat to the plethora of much larger golden silk orb-weaver spiders that we saw throughout our hike. Their bodies (sans legs,) are up to an inch long. Add legs & I DON'T want them on my face, particularly as each one seemed larger than the one before!
Like this one (above,) some of them had missing legs.
They were just everywhere. These are a small sampling of the dozens of pictures I took.
A gulf fritillary.
Thanks to my blogger buddy, Tom for narrowing this flower down to some kind of bidens. It looks much like the tickseed sunflower shown here, but another page said they're not found in Louisiana. I'm grateful to even be in the ballpark, however!
2 shots of the Abita Creek. This was what flooded our entire neighborhood during Hurricane Gustav. I often have a hard time photographing the creek, as the shots end up looking washed out (pardon the pun,) but I like these.
Backlit Spanish moss.
Restoration of longleaf pine savanna. As evidenced by the tree trunks, this whole area was blackened by prescribed fire just this last Spring.
A common wood nymph (aka; satyr) butterfly.
We also saw a few tiny deer tracks & a small pile of animal guts left on the boardwalk (I got a picture of the guts, but thought I'd spare my readers the gore.) I felt much better by the time we got home (where we found 4 crows helping themselves to seed in our backyard.) Now that I've been outside for the first time in a few months (our Gustav experience notwithstanding,) I'm starting to feel human again.