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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Swamp Tour

Charles & I went on Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tour today. We've taken their tour before & I highly recommend it if you're in the area. When you call to reserve, mention their website & you get free pralines!



Unfortunately the area near the dock was inundated with Eastern tent caterpillars.

3 snapping turtles.

Spider lily.

Spotted sandpiper (my first sighting.)

One of many great blue herons.

Three of dozens of white ibises.

Obligatory pictures of our state reptile, Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator...













11 comments:

Christina said...

You took some awesome photos! I want to go on a swamp tour. I'm hoping to get out that way around October.

Erik Donald France said...

Holy damn -- wow! Those gator shots . . . man . . . talk about a visceral response . . .

Now about the War of 1812 . . . I'd say Canada may have won, but the Brits got creamed at Chalmette/New Orleans . . . some of the poor buggers who surived that one got killed at Waterloo five months later . . .

Travis said...

Those gators look awfully close!

troutbirder said...

Yes I too have become a devotee of swamp tours and gator.
btw I totally love the indigo bunting pics. We rarely see them here.

Anonymous said...

damn great blog

Charles Gramlich said...

They were feeding those gators weenies and marshmallows to get 'em up close.

Lana Gramlich said...

Christina; Thanks! If you do get out this way, definitely find time for a swamp tour--there are many all around here. And let us know if we can maybe meet up for dinner or some such!

Erik; I have a whole new respect for alligators since I moved down here & learned a lot more about them. Absolutely fantastic creatures, they are!
On the war of 1812; Yeah, yeah. Americans just don't like to admit to losing that one. *L* (kdn ;)

Travis; They are! Right along the boat. (See Charles' comment.)

troutbirder; Swamp tours & gators are both awesome. So are the indigo buntings, which will probably be leaving soon, continuing their journey up North. Then I'll be waiting a whole, 'nother year to see them again.

Anonymous; Thank you kindly. :)

Charles; Kind of like when I feed you broiled rib-eye. ;)

FreakSmack said...

Despite the fact that I see them everyday, I never get tired of looking at gators. I saw one take a corrigan who made the mistake of sunning itself with it's back to the water... Absolutely amazing!

Kate S said...

You know, Lana, I worry that those gators look at you and think, "mmm... lunch!"

fazrul arhan said...

I can't believe that you can have all this pics,Alligator!! Seems that you really enjoyed your time taking all this pics,haha..it need a good camera too..amazing!!

Lana Gramlich said...

FreakSmack; Alligators are truly amazing. So perfect at what they do that they've changed little since the prehistoric era.

Kate S; Nah...They're probably watching their fat intake. *L*

fazrul; Yeah, a swamp tour's always a good thing. The good camera's just a bonus that lets me share it with the world. :)

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