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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wild Things Festival

Yesterday we went to the Wild Things festival at Big Branch Marsh NWR Headquarters. There was so much to see & do & everything was free. Lets hear it for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service!

There was live music.

A hayride.

Although canoeing was available, we opted for a lazier way to get on the water.

From our pontoon boat tour of Bayou Lacombe. Here's a little video...

Northern cloudywing on blue mistflower.

We found a lovely little place to sit for a while.

Unfortunately not many people seemed to know what "nonpotable" meant. On the other hand, why would you pipe undrinkable water to a fountain?

Among the many displays (including wood carvers, young artists, TNC, Native Americans, etc.,) was a woman from Wind in my Feathers. All the camera flashes seemed to be bothering the birds, so I opted to do without.
Isabella, the American Kestrel.

Mariah, the Mississippi Kite.

Best of all, on our way back to the car to leave, I found $20 in the grass. So technically today wasn't free...We got paid!


Charles Gramlich said...

Nice to have fun and find a 20 too.

Marvin said...

Sometimes ya just gotta get wild. Getting paid for it is an added bonus.

Off the top of my head... The butterfly is some kind of skipper which is really no ID at all since there are gillions and telling them apart can be difficult for a novice like me.

The wildflower looks like one of the species of Blazing Star. Again, additional research is necessary because there are many. Perhaps someone else can provide a more definite ID -- or, perhaps, correct my guesses.

One wonders if the Fish and Wildlife service knows what "nonpotable" means. As you said, why would they plumb a drinking fountain with water that's not safe to drink?

Great photos. Thanks for sharing your outing.

Lana Gramlich said...

charles; I had a great time with you, $20 or not. ;)

marvin; Thanks for the help with the butterly & flower. Narrowing it down to kagillions is still narrower than I had it. *L* At least now I have a viable starting place to look into it.
Unfortunately the water fountain was right between the bathrooms, so everyone was stopping for a drink on their way in or out. At least we explained what "nonpotable" means to one kid. That's the gov't for you, though, I guess!

Travis Erwin said...

Here's to found money and fun-filled days.

Lana Gramlich said...

travis e; As they say here in N'awlins, "yeah, you right!"

laughingwolf said...

ab fab tour, lana... :D

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Thank you. :)

Travis said...

Was the water fountain a joke?

Lana Gramlich said...

travis; I'm afraid not.

Steve Malley said...

Why is that woman about to bite the head off that bird?

Miladysa said...

Isabella and Mariah - what beauties :D

Lana Gramlich said...

steve; *LOL!* I guess she skipped breakfast.

miladysa; We sometimes see wild Mississippi kites (and others,) in our area. They're such beautiful birds.

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

This looks like so much fun! And found money is the very best money to spend right away!

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle; You've got that right! ;)

Larry said...

$20 bucks in the grass is nice because you know there's no way to return it so it's all yours! That's weird that they would have undrinkable water coming up out of a fountain.-I don't think kids would pay attention to a sign like that.-It's nice they put on such an event.-Looks like fun.

Lana Gramlich said...

larry; It was a really good time & I'm glad we went. I'll have to find out if this is an annual bash, 'cuz it was really a lot of fun.

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