I'm so glad I said yes, continued . . .

There seem to be thousands of plant and grass species in the marsh. Way too many to photograph at once, so here are a few to whet your appetite.

Welcome to this little neck of the marsh.

The alligator grass blooms atop the clear, dark water

The brown balls atop this “round grass” give it a graceful quality, like little brown creatures dancing in the wind.

And this closeup of the stem bases shows how very round they are.

This plant has a local Native American name (the spelling of which the experts are finding for me) and is a healing plant. It is used by treaters for many different maladies, including easing a baby’s teething pain, although it is not ingested.

These unique flowers belonging to the water plantain family are so simple, yet so beautiful.

This dragon fly posed for us, unafraid, on a floating algae clump.

Termite took me around turn after turn, remembering landmarks as he went, so he could get us back out again. Once in a while, we’d see something unique, like little islands with flowers

We were so absorbed in the natural beauty of this marsh, and then around the last curve,

we were reminded by the inland rigs looming in the background how fragile this place is and the reason why this place is disappearing so rapidly . . .

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  1. That top photo looks like a “Red fish haven”.

    I didn’t get to that part of the story yet, Steph!

  2. Thanks for posting the pictures. They are beautiful. I’d like to know the name of the plant you are looking for the spelling of. I know why you love your area so much. Pictures show it all.

  3. Hello BW! It’s a shame. Those rigs are providing good money for a lot of Louisiana people. They don’t have to leave home to find real money. But at the same time those same rigs are helping ruin the place nobody wants to leave.

    Take care,

    You are absolutely right, Mike, and it is a shame–no one wants to bite the hand that feeds them, either.

  4. The beauty of your pictures lulled me into a dreamy state. The last frame made me catch my breath. Brutal reality.