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!