Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cane Harvest

Hurricane Lee's winds weren't very strong in St. Martin parish. We were lucky this time. The cane harvest is just starting and I am looking forward to the Sugar Cane Festival at the end of September.

The deep soil has been turned and the plant cane has been cut and planted in the rich fertile soil of southwest Lousiana. In the coastal south known as plant zone 9 it's time for the sugar cane farmers to begin the harvest. Nothing ushers in fall like sweet sugar pralines and brown sugar bundt cakes. As I drive the back roads of St. Martin Parish I see that work has begun on next year's crop of sugar cane.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Storm Warning

As I finished the last chapter of Bayou Farewell I heard the slow steady drops of rain hitting my tin roof. It seems that Tropical storm Lee is knocking on my back door and also headed straight towards the Louisiana marshes. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time at a camp near Leesville on Bayou Lafourche where the golden sunlight on the marsh grass is something to see. We caught red fish and blue point crabs for our supper and watched as the sunset gave the marsh it’s honey colored glow. We watched as shrimp boats sailed up and down the bayou with their butterfly nets gracefully scooping up brown shrimp. This Southern Louisiana marsh is such a gift to her people. Listen to the experts, read Bayou Farwell and tell everyone you know that the Louisiana marsh is worth saving.

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