A Beautiful Morning in a Louisiana Bayou

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Morning light over a bayou. Photographed 11/01/2014 at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge near New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year my wife and I spent Halloween weekend visiting New Orleans. Although the extravagant parades, costumes, eating, drinking and celebration are outside of the scope of this nature blog, we did make a stop at a local wetland on our way out. Bayou Suavage National Wildlife Refuge is within the city limits of New Orleans, making it the largest urban wildlife habitat in the United States.

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Morning light over a bayou. Photographed 11/01/2014 at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge near New Orleans, Louisiana.

Although the previous two days saw high temperatures around 75 F (24 C) and lows only around 62 F (17 C), this particular morning was a windy and chilly 42 F (6 C). The cold and early hour seemed to keep most wildlife in hiding, although some overwintering birds made a few appearances.

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Morning light over a bayou. Photographed 11/01/2014 at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge near New Orleans, Louisiana.

There were also a number of interesting subtropical plants to be found here that I will write about in the future. The most rewarding feature of this visit, however, turned out to simply be the soft twilight tones of the sun rising over the landscape.

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Morning light over a bayou. Photographed 11/01/2014 at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge near New Orleans, Louisiana.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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2 Responses to A Beautiful Morning in a Louisiana Bayou

  1. wisreader says:

    What a fun trip! And looks like you had some wonderful time on a Louisiana Bayou, too. Did you know that LA is participating in restoration of a non-migratory flock of wild whooping cranes? About 40 cranes now in the population; they reside at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area some miles west of NOLA – towards Houston.

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