There were numerous flowers in bloom, including blackberry (which is also flowering all over our yard,) purple oxalis, yaupon holly, Louisiana iris & these deeper-purple irises. There were lots of Carolina cranesbill, too, but they'd already gone to seed.
Birds included great egrets, a red-headed woodpecker, Northern cardinals and a pair of common grackles.
There were also common moorhens, American coots, red-bellied woodpeckers (heard but not seen,) a Northern mockingbird and red-winged blackbirds.
There were hundreds of minnows, mostly bluehead shiners. There was also a bluegill.
Gulf salt marsh snake.
There were quite a few alligators out. Their Winter hibernation recently ended & they're out in force, looking for food.
The first one was pretty large, but mostly hidden by marsh grasses.
This one was fairly small--perhaps 2' long (about 2 years old.)
This medium-sized specimen stayed perched on that tuft of grass for quite a while, watching intently for lunch to amble by. I got to see it dive after whatever unlucky creature showed up, which it held under the water for a few minutes before half-swimming/half-walking away. Featured on the front page of the St. Tammany News.