Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Little Bit of Swamp or There is More to New Orleans Than Bourbon Street

Took a swamp tour while in New Orleans this past weekend and saw a little of everything.

Love the color in this alligator's eye.
Turtle catching some rays
Great Blue Heron coming in for a landing.
But seriously, what you really want to see is the alligators.



But there was more to see than alligators.

Lotus in bloom.
Cypress

This was the first of several Yellow-crowned Night-Heron nest that we saw.  How many herons do you see?


A little help.


Still need more?  I know they are well camouflaged in the willow.  The one on the end is mom.


But my favorite nest came later in our trip.  I dare you to say they aren't cute.

Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
This Anhinga was not very cooperative and the boat was rocking so the photo is less than I would have liked to have captured.  But the feathers, even blurry ones, are still pretty cool.


And a juvenile Anhinga peeking out.  Again.  Boat.  Rocking.  Blur.


Just a couple more photos to show the beauty of the spot (no mosquitos, by the way) and I will close.

Hyacinth, terribly invasive plant, but beautiful nonetheless.
More Cypress knees than you can count.
Spanish Moss in the Cypress
Had a great time on the trip.  It's always fun to do something new.