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.
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.
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.