The grounds are grassy & clear of underbrush. Much of the "soil" is actually sand, which is unusual in marshy/swampy Southern Louisiana. For sand, the only area that rivals this one (that I've seen,) is Fontainebleau State Park.
The recent rising and falling of the river's level due to rains & freezing temperatures were recorded in the sand on the riverbank. This was the lowest I've ever seen this river (but it's rained since then.)
I liked the way the wavy tree reflections seemed to turn into wavy deposits in the river, itself (towards the bottom of the photo.) I'm often intrigued by water's transparency & reflectiveness at the same time. It's little wonder the Celts considered water a gateway to the Otherworld.
Our state tree, found all over the area; the baldcypress, shown here with many "knees" (the woody protuberances.) To date no one knows what the knees are for, but theories range from helping the tree "breathe" to stabilizing it in swampy areas.
Other trees at the park include sweet gum & the ever-invasive Chinese tallow. There's also a large wall of bamboo running along one side of the park.
Epiphytes & ferns thrive in our hot, humid climate. It's not unusual to see trees covered with their own gardens, a blatant, visual reminder of the concept of the "ecosystem." (Go back & click on my photo of the baldcypress if you need more proof.)
We saw some bluebirds, which seem to be permanent residents of the park. A red-headed woodpecker landed very close to our picnic, but beat a hasty retreat when it saw us. There were also some kind of heron or egret tracks in the sand by the river, which certainly does have fish (although I couldn't tell you what kinds.)
If you have kids, there's a large, jungle gym kind of structure on the grounds. If you don't have kids (like me,) there's enough space to get away from it & enjoy some peace & quiet. It's really quite a lovely spot for a picnic, regardless of the size or make up of one's "family."