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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Big Branch Marsh NWR

A couple of weekends ago we went for a walk at Big Branch Marsh NWR in Lacombe, LA.

Mallard (you can't tell here, but it seemed to have a blue head.)

Monarch butterflies on bull thistle.

Longhorn beetle on Louisiana iris (our state wildflower.)

Pair of blue-winged teals, flying in front of a great egret.

American bird grasshopper (about 3" long.)

Skipper on Louisiana iris.

The Abita Springs Trailhead Art and Music Festival went well this past weekend. The weather was nice, the people were cool, there was live music & I came home with a few extra sheckels in my pocket.


√ Honest Abe said...

Glad to see you back at my place.

You have a wide assortment of things to take pictures of. Here, I am stuck, more or less, with those things that fly into my backyard or crawl under the fence.

Lana Gramlich said...

Abe; Yes, I know I'm pretty lucky. Still, you get some wonderful shots in your own yard, too! I'm totally jealous of the shots of the Cooper's hawks that you've gotten!

Heather Landry said...

Thanks for the comments on my blog Lana. I think "real" life gets away from all of us at times. LOL

My favorite photo from this group was the one with the thistle. I think thistles are incredibly pretty even though they are rather prickly.

As always, your photography is amazing!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

I've actually eaten grasshoppers, you know. :)

nina kuriloff said...

The photographs of purple flowers are very beautiful!

Lana Gramlich said...

Heather Landry; Thanks for the kind comment (& for understanding how life runs away sometimes!) I agree with you on the thistles. I never saw such HUGE ones until I moved here, though! They're amazing!

Charles; Why am I not surprised? Was beer involved, too? *LOL* ;)

nina; Thanks, hon. Those are our state wildflower, the Louisiana iris. I love them. :)

Shea Goff said...

Absolutely beautiful, Lana!

Travis Cody said...

Those extra sheckels are a nice addition to any fine weekend.

Lana Gramlich said...

Thanks, Shea! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit. :)

Travis; Indeed! ;)

Cloudia said...

your State flower is my favourite!

amazing captures, obviously nature's gift to a favored acolyte :-)

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Hi Lana, great shots.
I like ones you captured of the Iris, and like Heather said, I think the thistles are pretty to look at too. I bet the Monarchs have to land carefully! said...

Your pictures are so peaceful! and I can't wait for the summer to see those lilly pads!

Lana Gramlich said...

Cloudia; Thanks! I love the irises, too. :); Thank you. :) I love thistles! I know most people consider them weeds, but the geometry of them is just fantastic!

Christine; Thanks, hon. You'd love this place. In one area there are water lilies as far as the eye can see. :)

Rico Swaff said...

It took me a while to find the grasshopper. I didn't realize some of the cool nature scenes Louisiana has to offer.

Lana Gramlich said...

Yes, it's really lovely here, but it helps to have a tolerance for over-sized insects, a wide variety of reptiles, etc., etc. *L*

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful shots from the marsh, Lana! I love the Iris. It is one of my favorites. I can not wait to start seeing the monarchs here. Beautiful shots.

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