Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge — 10 Comments

  1. I really was tickled to see you having your first glimpse of plants that are common here, like Illinois bundleflower. In fact, I was surprised to see that we share nearly all the plants you mentioned.

    Of course I’m thinking about another trip to the Atchafalaya, and this is a wonderful guide to where to begin. I’ve had so many thoughts about possible articles on the area, but that’s all they’ve stayed: thoughts. One of the these days, the weather will straighten out, I’ll get some work done, and maybe be able to take some time off. As the saying goes, so much to see (or read, or write) and so little time!

    Your photos are great, as always, and really give a sense of the place. What a great trip for you — and us!

    • I’m glad you got tickled at what some consider an otherwise boring piece! When I’ve seen bundleflower pods, I had no way of knowing what they were! So I was so glad to have an expert in the field. I dislike that the images are so small and hope everyone knows to click for larger ones. I love posting big, flashy photos when it’s something interesting, colorful, new, inviting. I want to go back to several places I discovered near and around the Atchafalaya; although my posts won’t be beautiful, eloquent essays tied to local history/people like yours! Rain all weekend here, so I’m avoiding catching up on bookkeeping by escaping into some reading.

  2. I have paddled Bayou Teche with Donovan but have not been on the trail. Sam and I will definitely have to put that on our list the next time we’re in the area. Thanks for another informative post!

    • If I don’t get to go before, I might go with y’all if you go on the one I want to do. I’d heard so much about him, and we probably met on Paddle Lafourche, but he’s one of a kind. So knowledgeable and so nice.

  3. Very informative, as always. I recognized several subjects of your photos. Didn’t know what they were named though. I too thought…it’s a pretty weed.

    • Well, I knew it wouldn’t be the most exciting post, but I thought somebody might be interested to know more about these plants we overlook. Pickerel weed wasn’t new to me, nor the swamp trees, or spiders; but I am always open to learning new things from a seasoned veteran who knows way more than I. Dave Mooreland is that guy, and even though I knew he was the LDWF deer go-to-guy, I didn’t know he knew so much about plants. Hindsight tells me that it behooves him to know what wild plants deer eat, right? And just to know that there are more birding trails, the same driving distance as GI, that give shelter to the same birds, well, that thrills me. GI is very nice, but it’s nice to have somewhere new to venture into.

  4. Anyone who thought this was a “boring” post is missing out in the worst way! Yer posts are always interesting – and very personable the way ye take us along on these adventures; especially the ones out in nature’s beauty!
    If you talk to the animals, they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, you will not know them; and what you do not know, you will fear. What one fears, one destroys. ~CHIEF DAN GEORGE, Salish

    • Well, anybody who’s been on tour with me knows that I talk to the birds and animals! I’ve made friends with some of the resident birds of the swamp, and if I’m not mistaken, you’ve seen a bird escort us in and/or out! I guess some folks think I’m crazy, but I think we miss out when we don’t open ourselves to the possibilities of talking to the animals. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Captain.

  5. Thanks for a great article on the BTR I will post it on our face book site and hope you it gets more people followering your post.
    Thanks again,

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