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Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour:


 

April 1, 2011:              [Odometer 245000]    Today we took a tour down part of the Pearl River near New Orleans, Louisiana including a portion of a bayou off of the river. We saw three alligators, two on land and one in the water, several birds, a few snakes, and other interesting botanicals, most of which are shown on this page. We also saw a turtle about 12" long, but the pictures did not turn out good enough to include here. Some of the group saw a bald eagle (or so they said) but the canopy on the boat blocked our view. Enjoy your tour!


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A Panorama of the river where the bayou entrance joins it.

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House on the river's edge.

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Fishing boat rigged for shrimp fishing.

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Houseboat.

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Katrina added several new areas to the river. It is difficult to see, but this is an entrance to one of those areas. These areas used to be solid land or bayous but are now permanently part of the river.

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Residue from Katrina. These former pilings were left here by FEMA after the cleanup of the river.

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Spanish Moss on tree.

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Our first alligator sighting. This one is about 3-4 feet long. We did not climb out to measure it.

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This alligator is about 8 feet long. At this time of year, the alligators need to warm up and spend most of their time on the banks. Many of them are still in hibernation.

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Alligator in the water. This one is about 5-6 feet long. Our guide said the way to estimate the size is to estimate the distance from the eyes to the end of the snout in inches and convert this to feet for total length.

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Find the snake! Yep, it's in there. Look on the horizontal branch about a third of the way from the top. The guide easily picked these out. Me, not so easily.

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Another snake, equally difficult to find. Its head is at the lower left and the body curves up to almost the top of the photo.

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Nope! Not a gator or a snake in the river! Just a big scary stick!

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Blue Heron.

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White Heron.

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Osprey.

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Wild Irises.

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"Arrow" plant. From its tuber type roots we get the sauce thickener, Arrowroot.

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The green leaves lying on the water are wild rice plants.

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Lift Bridge for Route 90 over the Pearl River.

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My souvenir, a back scratcher made from an actual alligator foot.