Readers’ Choice Photo Winner

Well, voting ended last night for your favorite among the photos taken by the Baton Rouge ladies who toured with me a couple weeks ago.  They were delightful to have on the boat, asking questions about our lives here in the wetlands and finding beauty in places where others might not see beauty.  I was only able to share a couple of their photos with you, but there were scads of fantastic ones.  We narrowed it down to show you their favorites from their time with me; but they were down in the wetlands a couple of days taking photos of all sorts of things in other places. I might just ask them to send me some more photos to display later, because their work should be shared and appreciated!

Thank y’all for taking the time to vote, and I hope that our winner is proud of her submission and win!

And the winner is . . . .

Linda Medine - Swamp
Linda Medine – Swamp

Linda Medine is a professional photographer in the realm of weddings, parties, people, and portraits. However, if you visit her Flickr photo stream and her site at Smugmug, you will see she is adept at photographing almost any scene with a great eye for detail and contrast.  If I lived closer to her, I would become a pest, asking her for pointers!  Linda, your prize is half off your next trip with me! How does that sound?

Readers, please take the time to visit her photo album and admire her work.

Day 2 Photog Ladies
Photo by Linda Medine – She is the first lady on your left, and YES she took the photo, too! Great job, Linda!

Linda, it was a pleasure meeting you, answering your questions about the wetlands, and watching you at work and play!  I hope you ladies will come back in the spring when things are bright and green! Or you can book a trip anytime you have a group of four to six people!  

For the wetlands,


More about Linda Medine . . .

Linda M. Medine retired from banking after forty years with American and Hancock Banks. Her love of banking has always competed for attention with her love of photography.

Banking has taught Linda that learning requires involvement. This philosophy has served her well in her photography also. Capturing images for forty years, she is active in the Louisiana Photographic Society and has served as the program chairperson and is now Vice President and President designate for 2015. She was also Co-Chairperson for the Gulf States Camera Club Regional Conference to be held in Baton Rouge, on April 24-27, 2014. She is a member of PSA and completed the program Judging and Analysis with Jon P Fishback FP, ARPS.

Photography has taken Linda to many parts of the United States. She loves Louisiana landscapes and is passionate for the outdoors and the beauty of nature.

Linda’s website is and email address is



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  1. Lovely photo, lovely processing; an almost dream-like image o’ the Bayou! Well deserved win, Linda!

  2. It was hard to chose there are some totally awesome pictures! I think the extra color pushed it over the top. You can see why these ladies get the big bucks, including BW! Did you show these Pro’s that picture of the foggy morning in the pasture…..Winner winner chicken dinner!

    It would have got my vote!

    1. LOL… Oppps I forgot what I was supposed to be doing….. Congrats, great pictures ladies. Very impressive.

      1. You cracked me up, Mr. Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Funny you even remember that photo! I always glance at that field when I pass on a foggy morning hoping for a do-over, but no dice!!!

        1. That picture was when I reconized that you had an eye for photography. Stuff like that doesn’t just happen, well it does but most of us are going too fast to appreciate it. If we do we never think about sharing our sight with anyone else.

          It was really impressive. It was the type of thing you would expect to see at one of those fancy art shows. You have the eye.

          1. Thank you, Goldie, and guess what? it’s foggy this morning, but by the time I head past that field, it will be clear. I have a tour at 10 this morning . . . or I ‘d go shoot it right now!

  3. Did any of you get the chance to visit her Flickr gallery? I absolutely love some of those photos .. . like the primate . . .not sure what it was . . . and some of her black and whites are amazing.

  4. I clicked over to her Flickr gallery and checked it out. Gorgeous photos. I love the one of the man in the pirogue.

  5. Back after cable modem and router gremlins had me gone about 2 weeks and before that was buggy as the Amish.

    Great pix everybody is a winner.

    Are you cranking up a Turkey Day post? I am making Mark’s famous ( ok , just to me) crab/merliton dressing for families big preT-day seafood blowout.

    Off to firefighter’s hunting breakfast this am.

    Spent last week trying to pack some weight on. I can’t even recognize me anymore. Stoopid disease ridden body.

    1. You are probably the only person who has Choupiquer’s stuffed merliton recipe. We are cranking up to do our big meal the day before T-day so all the kids not out on boats can attend. Think Lil Sis and her crew might be down, too. Gonna be a Camp Dularge T-day for all of us! Just keep on keeping on, Blu.

  6. Hey Choupiquer, we’re talking about you! Come alive and tell my readers what merlitons are, how they grow, and all that jazz, and then how you ‘dress them up’ for Thanksgiving!!! please???

  7. I have a couple of the merlitons (chayote here) in the fridge. I use them the same as zucchini or yellow squash. Very good to add toward the end of cooking in vegie soup or chicken tortilla soup.

    1. Thank you for the link, Linda, and I have added it and the bio to the original post. Everyone, meet the winner! Linda, meet everyone!

  8. Off topic…Satsumas are tasting good! If we ever make it down, I’ll bring you a lot of them. Do all of you eat them?
    Doctors appointments, Hubby’s P.T. job and Ms are taking up a good portion of our time, so I don’t know when we’ll come down.

    1. It’s okay if you can’t share with us because we have a source or two down here. Already ate one batch given to us by the Landry’s last week. I’ve featured their garden before. i’m probably headed there later today. Some folks say they need a nice cool snap before they’re sweet, but theirs are sweet already! Thanks for the generous offer, though!