Sunday, December 1, 2013

Reflections on the Bayou

When I first wake up in the morning after a really good restful sleep my mind thinks of all the possibilities that a drive around this parish brings me.  I think of all the early morning sunrise shadows that play on the levee  or the orange glow that lights up cypress trees along the Bayou Teche. This morning as I drove down Highway 31 I realized that the beautiful white frost had come to visit the bayous.  The cold temps even had the bayou giving off a foggy mist, a beautiful sight to some one who  really loves the changing season.   As I drove over the by pass to the sugar mill I notice the clouds reflection on the bayou. I drove on down to the sugar mill cafĂ© for a cup of coffee and then turned around and headed back to the bridge. I actually parked on the wrong side of the road to get this shot. As a few cane truck drivers passed me by they just shook their head at my brave attempt not to comply with the law. I guess I like this shot because it appears spooky to me.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Old Camp Shell

This old shell of a building has so many stories to tell I'm sure.  Yesterday as I drove around the parish I came upon an old friends camp that burnt down several years ago.  In fact I spent one really great New Years eve party enjoying a bonfire here.  It was just something about the way the morning light lit up the scene that made me think of that night. My friend has had her own fires to put out in the years that have passed since that party. To tell you the truth I guess we all have. But that's what strong Cajun women do we handle the situations and move on.

Today my travels took me past the sugar mill then on to the levee road towards Henderson.  At lunch time we stopped for a bowl of seafood gumbo at a little place called Chicken on the Bayou. It sits right off of the I-10 Henderson exit. Today it was filled with tourist coming in to sample the Cajun specialties. Friends told me about the Chicken and Andouille gumbo here but I went all in for the seafood gumbo.  The aroma of seafood just filled the small country store and it was instantly my choice.  The menu their just really amazed me. From boudin, to crawfish etouffee, to fried catfish and gumbo, they had every dish you always read about in the foodie magazines. All the Cajun classics in this little country store. Amazing some would say but not really, most of the small places are like little hidden gems. Its an adventure to locate some of these.

 We then headed back down the levee to the Bayou Benoit boat landing to see just how high the water in the Atchafalaya basin had risen to.  As we topped the levee I found the landing filled with parked trucks and empty boat trailers. It being the start of duck season the hunters are a force to be reckoned with today. Tonight their will be so many stories told around the dinner table and  I would just bet this Thanksgiving quite a few duck gumbos will be on the menu.           

Saturday, July 20, 2013

This art was created from a photograph taken at the Lake Martin Rookery.
Art work for sale.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cane Cutters

Any day now an army of these cane cutters will be criss crossing south Louisiana working on the sugar cane harvest.  Hurricane Issac did his best to whip up on the cane but I believe this army of cutters will handle their job. Colorful arrangement near Patoutville Refinery.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wind on the Water

Waiting on Hurricane Issac to blow in tomorrow.
I've been running around getting the command center set up with supplies so the emergency management team can monitor this sneaky storm coming up the Mississippi towards New Orleans. They say St. Martin Parish is on the good side of this storm. Thats when the storm is blowing in from the right, but high winds and rain makes for a miserable couple of day when it's tied up to a hurricane.  No matter which direction she is blowing in from. This picture was taken a couple of winters ago but it made me think of birds just waiting for his storm to blow over.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Waiting on Fall

You can tell by the rust color on the cypress leaves peaking out behind the spanish moss it won' be long till a cool front blows through the swamps. After this long hot summer it will be a welcome change to the weather.    For the past two days rain has been falling over Lake Martin. Rain and humidity are what its all about in this subtropical part of Louisiana. Yesterday morning I traveled to Lake Martin between the burst of rain and I was able to get this photo of the great heron. It such a magical place.

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