Sunday, March 13, 2016

Louisiana Swamp Tour, Part 3

These are the final photos of our swamp tour which we thoroughly enjoyed.  
I must do this again...

One of my favorite swamp photos
Great Blue Herons are commonly seen around the lake
Our tour guide informed us that this tree was estimated to be about 500 years old.
Louisiana designated bald cypress as the official state tree in 1963.
Bald cypress trees grow slowly.  Over a span of 200 years, they reach heights of about 150 feet.
The trees can survive from 600 to over 1,000 years.
Tupelo gum trees are also common in these wetlands.
The tour guide told us that the term “Don't let the bed-bugs bite,”
literally resulted from using Spanish Moss to stuff mattresses!
Alligator breeding area- off limits during a certain length of time each year
This gator is about 6 to 7 feet long.
They grow from 2" to 12" per year, depending upon their habitat.
Growth rates slow down as the reptile becomes older.
This female didn't want our presence in her sunning area.  
She's attractive- for a gator, that is.
I don't recall the name of these bright green plants- they're pretty but uncommon around the lake.
Some people choose to navigate the lake in a canoe.
Fishing is a popular sport in this area.  Good luck, Mister!
Wildflowers are common around the banks of the lake.
I thought these were lovely.

Thank you for touring along with me.  If you happened to miss the previous two parts of the tour, you can view Part 1 here and Part 2 here.  I will soon post more photos of the Double-crested Cormorants that are common around the lake.  

If you're interested in a swamp tour in Louisiana and you're in the Baton Rouge/Lafayette area, I highly recommend Champagne's Cajun Swamp Tours for their comfortable tour boats and knowledgeable guides. 

Have a wonderful Sunday!


5 comments:

  1. Looks like a great place - I think that the 'gators would focus the mind of the canoeists!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  2. Hello, I just love the cypress trees. What a wonderful tour. Gorgeous series of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  3. That old tree and the other trees too looks so gorgeous.The photo of Great Blue heron is great.

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  4. wonderful photos. Cypress are just too cool, aren't they?

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  5. it is a beautiful place in daytime but I bet can be quite scary at night. still love those cypress trees

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