It's almost here . . . — 25 Comments

  1. I’ve tried not to look at the photos, but I just saw one of a young heron dying in the midst of oil-covered mangroves, and I burst into tears.

    I’ve signed up to volunteer with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and I’ll help with wildlife recovery here if our teams deploy along the Gulf.

    Otherwise, there’s nothing but to watch and pray. If you ever think of something I can do, you know where to find me.

  2. No bayous here in the Lowcountry but we do have our marshes and wetlands.

    I can image the pain you and everyone around you are feeling as this thing starts swallowing your beloved waters and killing the birds and sealife.

    Tell your friends, though, that a turtle is not dead until he’s been dead 24 hours. Some go catatonic. They’ve been finding some Kemps stranded on local beaches lately and they won’t write them off as dead until 24 hours has passed without them reviving.

    The local Birds of Prey Center here has an “Oiled Bird” response team primed and waiting to be called. They can have a team in the area with 24 hours notice.

    • Where are you writing from? The turtle was turned over to the local wildlife agents, so they should know that; but thanks for that information. I had no clue about them going catatonic.

      • That’s Palmettobug! The original Bug, whose likeness I was carrying around with me and took your pic with in front of the oyster house!

        She’s in South Carolina – that’s the “low country” she was talking about.

  3. I was hoping, wishing and praying y’all would be spared. After seeing what’s being done in Grand Isle, Elmer’s Island, and Fourchon though, I’m NOT surprised! Actually, I only observed G.I. but I saw A LOT (100’s) of photos taken by Richard Shephard, an aerial photographer who does conservation photography. He has a 1/2 dozen photos posted with many more to come. When we spoke yesterday, he said he had a lot of editing to do. His plans for today were to photograph the Queen Bess Rookery from his para-glider. His site is if you want to check it out later.

  4. Yep, that was my alter-ego that was with Linda. I live in Charleston, SC.

    I am pleased to make your acquaintance, m’am! I loved our trip with you, even if it was vicariously.

    I’ve been into the Santee Swamp here in SC several times with my Dad in his little jon boat. Linda’s pictures of our visit in your bayous were so much like what we’d see in the Santee.

    I had no idea, either, about not considering a turtle ‘dead’ , until it has been dead 24 hours. They either go catatonic, are in shock or just shut down, I”m not sure what, exactly. Kinda of like the way ER staff don’t consider drowning victims pulled from freezing water ‘dead’ until they’re warm and dead.

    I read that an article in our local paper this weekend, about finding quite a few Kemp’s stranded on local beaches lately. I think it was down around Hilton Head but I’m not sure.

    The S.C. Aquarium here has a sea turtle rescue and hospital. They periodically announce that they will be releasing one of their rehabbed ‘patients’ and invite the public to come watch.

    I’m not sure if they will be coordinating efforts with the DNR in the Gulf or not, or if you have a similar facility nearby.

    • Welcome, again, to the bayou, Bug! I’m so glad that you’ve come down. Right about now, I’m thinking of ESCAPE and South Carolina sounds pretty good. I’d love to spend some time in the wetlands there with the people there. I’ve never been to your state. Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to leave a note! We do have Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, but not sure if they are helping turtles or not. Come back soon, and maybe I’ll have a new uplifting post. But for now, it’s just bad news.

  5. There are no words that can even come close to easing this ache for you and the coastal people. I truely feel that this country is being brought to its knees by the ‘slow and dumb’…..economicly and socially and needless to say environmentally….. There are SOOOOOOOOOO many ways to deal with this spill – one of the best would be to use hay to soak it up. The grass LITERALLY soaks the oil into it and stops the spread of it – BUT – no one is using that. Where are all the whale savers and all these other groups who pushed for the government that we now have in office??? WHERE I ASK??? The people in office now are doing NOTHING MORE THAN ANY OTHER WOULD HAVE!!! Where is Al Gore???? Where is some of the groups that are commited to these things??? I know that there are some that are working their tales off to help, but others are just collecting the donations and sitting on their hands. WE the people of the United States of America need to get off our duffs and do the work ourselves. DO NOT DEPEND ON THE GOVERNMENT to take care of anything but their pocket books…..
    Sorry to be so harsh Wendy – but my heart is just breaking for you folks. Hard working good people like you and those folks who live around you are in our prayers all the time. .Love to you!! God keep you safe and I pray He helps get this cleaned up soon!!!

    • Oh, Heidi, it is sooooooooooo good to hear from you, and thanks so much for your fervor on our behalf. I have no energy left to be angry. Actually, I just have no energy left . . . . can someone please send me some?

  6. Friends,
    BW regrets to inform you that she has had two of the worst days in recent memory this week, the circumstances of which have to do with computer software glitches, stubborn sub contractors, well-meaning advisors, and continued business cancellations. Please pray for her and send her strength and good thoughts.

  7. Keep your fingers and toes crossed. I’m hearing that the top kill might, just might, be working. Pressures seem to be dropping and that is good news.

    Knock on wood.

  8. It is not my intention to make light of this serious situation in the least. I worked for several years running inland crew boats all through the area effected by the spill; first in the Kerr-McGee field in Breton Sound and then all through south Louisiana and up into the Atchafalaya. I cherish the area.

    But as the old saying goes, when one door closes another one opens. While certainly not as much fun you could probably start running charters for the media and people who want to witness the disaster first hand.

    After Katrina and the other hurricanes that devastated Louisiana this spill is almost the final nail in the coffin.

  9. I read in today’s paper that part of Terrebonne’s waterways had been re-opened. Any truth to this ? I hope, if this is true, it’s your area that has been re-opened so your businesses won’t be in further jeopardy.

    • Yes, from the Eastern bank of Bayou Grand Caillou going West. My businesses won’t be in further jeopardy once the media stops leading people to believe that the oil is everywhere. And let’s hope the oil shifts back to the east and that they don’t close them again, because this is about the FOURTH time they have closed and reopened since this fiasco began. Never know from day to the next. People cancel based on a closure, get their refund, and two days later, the waters are open again. It’s crazy.

  10. Let’s see what happens when the loop current floats all that oil around Florida and up the East Coast. THEN there’ll be some action. Makes me so angry the way our government treats the poorer states like Louisiana.

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