Maison Madeleine at the Rookery

Their are quite a few older Acadian homes in St. Martin Parish.  This one is in the Lake Martin Rookery. Maison Madeleine is it's given name. Built in the 1840's and restored to its beautiful creole elegance.  I've read stories in the Foodie magazines of the guest chefs who arrive and prepare wonderful Cajun meals as the sounds of the accordion and fiddle fills the oak trees with a lonesome sound.

The rookery is a place where the Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egrets, and the Roseate Spoonbills hatch their babies and raise them on the spoils of the Atchafalaya River Basin.  Each evening as the sun is setting on the lake you can see the Egret's silver wings lighting up the sky as they return from a day of feasting on crawfish and whatever else the basin decides to offer up.