Wetland Photography Tour – The Landscape

These are random photos of pretty things, and in some of them you may see things that aren’t obvious at first glance.  Please click on the images to see full size.

For example, in the first and second photos, you will find wild cardinal flowers peeking out at you from behind Palmetto and Swamp Maple.

In the third photo, look closely to determine if these are cattails or their reflections in the water, or both.

There’s nothing tricky about the old camp, other than the fact for as long as I have been riding past it, it has been abandoned and beyond habitation; however, just this year, I’ve seen signs of life, and maybe one day I will stop and chat with the new inhabitants . . . .

In the last photo, the caption pretty much gives it away.  It was such a blue-bird day, that I couldn’t resist using the roseaus as a front-drop for the waning moon, way up there in the corner.  Do you see it?

I think I might have one more post using photos from these wonderful tours!

Bet you can’t wait!


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  1. While glancing at the Roseau Moon photo I thought I was seeing the remnants of Hubby snacking while surfing! LOL I’m constantly having to wipe the screen.

  2. I love your photos. No signs of the encroachment of civilization such as phone lines, telephone poles, cell towers, cars/trucks, etc. Just nature at it’s best.

    1. The power lines don’t go as far out as the cypress swamp; however, across the lake, the power lines do go quite a ways out to service camps on lower Bayou Decade, which tells me at one time there must have been some famous government official that had a camp out that far! It’s nice having power, though, since I find the loud humming of a generator rather disruptive of the beautiful absence of human noise otherwise! I never tire of spending time out in these wild places!

    1. Come take another ride with me, and I’ll teach you how to take some of these pics–even with your Iphone, Clay. So, when are you headed this way?

    1. Hi Alice and welcome to this bayou! How did you hear about this blog way up in DC? Sorry to make you homesick, but maybe the photos can brighten your dreary week up there! Glad you stopped by! BW

  3. Awesome shots! I especially love the cat tail reflections. The old camp is cool,too. You get better and better. Someday I will have enough $$ to do one of your photography tours. Til them I will enjoy your photos very much.

    1. MM, I’ve been doing photos for this blog for seven years, and my first digital was a little Olympus. I used it for quite a while, and it’s the camera I used at the only class I took many years ago (10?) with Mark Lagrange at the Northshore Nature Center of Lake Pontchartrain. Everyone else had the huge high powered Canons and Nikons, and I was way out of my league, but I hung in there. As I’ve said before, I think I would do much better if I could ever take the time to learn the technical things we’ve discussed; but until then, I shoot what I see and love the best that I can. I’ve had quite a bit of luck shooting that way, and that is exactly why I call it luck. One day, I will immerse myself in a week-long class and learn the tekkie things, and then I will have arrived! When my kids gave me my first Nikon digital SLR back around 2004, I cried! They spent their hard-earned money on that setup for me, and it literally set me free in the photography world, well in my world, at least! You are doing now, getting out and about every chance, what I was able to do while The Captain was still the breadwinner. I’m thankful for those few years, but since 2009, I’ve not had the freedom to roam and shoot. I now take photos during my work, and as I come and go from time to time. I admire your tenacity and dedication to your craft, so your words mean a lot to me! As far as doing a photog tour goes, if you get a group of 4 women to share the cost, it’s much more affordable! We can talk about that via email!

  4. The photos are great — so much so that I’m not even going to try to pick a favorite. I like them all. I recently got a new camera to replace the one that died last year, but I didn’t go DSLR. Maybe I should have, since I don’t have the ability to swap lenses. On the other hand, I couldn’t afford to buy the lenses, so it doesn’t make any difference.

    What I really need to do is what you do — take the camera with me, even to work, and if something comes along, take a picture of it. Hmmm… there’s Moura, and me. That’s two for a photography tour. 😉

    1. I thought the exact same thing about you and Moura. That would be great! I know you already replaced your camera, but Nikon sells these packaged deals with two lenses that I often recommend for others . . . beginners like me . . . although they are still somewhat pricey. But with the combination of DSLR, the option for video, and two lenses, $600 is a bargain compared to what my children paid for my first Nikon D50 with only one lens and no video features. Also, I want to let readers know that digital cameras are designed with only so many “clicks”; meaning, after about 100,000 photos, it just won’t take quality pics any more and there’s nothing to do but replace it. Some cameras come with a counter, but nowhere in the manuals have I read how to find that counter. Even after an online search, I found that feature doesn’t come on all digital cameras, but the fact remains that they are only good for so many photos! Did you know that?

      1. Here’s a good article outlining the “limited mileage” (clicks) on digital cameras – it’s actually no different than film cameras – but there are tips to prolong its life (and statistics are made to be surpassed). Be mindful that these are “estimated values” and the shutter (actually the tilting o’ the mirror inside) may last longer with care…or less with abuse! Another reason everyone is raving about “mirrorless” cameras.
        The “Shutter Count” exists as a line in the EXIF information – embedded in your photos and viewable in certain imaging programs (IrfanView for MS Windows has this function). I looked for it in one o’ me photos and it’s listed as “Shutter Count” with a value o’ “10,919”.
        More explanation on Shutter Count & EXIF here (specifics for Nikon & Canon):
        Database with estimates/stats on some common camera bodies:

        1. And once again, our great Pyrate Technical Guru comes through with the facts of what BW only knows in theory, LOL!!! I noticed after quite a few years of usage, that my Nikon D50 wasn’t taking the same quality photos it had been, and that is when I found out about the limited clicks and bought one of the Nikon package deals. I’ve been pleased with my purchase, but not as pleased as I was with the D50. Thank you, dear captain, for the informative links! (In case you didn’t know, he’s a photographer, too!) May I link to your photog page?

          1. Thank ye for the compliment, dear BW…
            At one time ye would have looked at fixing those camera issues, but like so many things, it’s now somewhat less expensive to move on – and the technology improves, giving ye better quality and longer life in yer new gear…which is matched by the improved skill ye acquire along the way!

            Indeed, anyone wishing to peruse me photos can visit or

  5. Could have sworn a Cardinal bird was peeking out of the first photo, on the right. Dizzy shot of the cattails on #3. What an eagle-eye you have, Bayou Woman.

    I hope someone is in the old camp. It needs some love. You brought out that aching love to me through your picture.

    I was searching your sky for shapes in the clouds. Then I saw only beauty in the blue and silks.

    Take it easy, greasy.

    1. Greasy has been doing anything BUT taking it easy with this campaign in full swing. Positive responses along the “trail” though! For everyone else reading, “take it easy, greasy” is something my dad used to say. And since Kaye is my first cousin from my daddy’s side, she obviously heard him say it … more than once!!! Love you, Cuz!!! PS Maybe the color of that flower is why they call it a “cardinal flower”????