Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cat Island

Last Saturday my friend B and I were excited to visit a place new to both of us: Cat Island–a 10,000+ acre NWR (National Wildlife Refuge) located near historic St. Francisville, LA. From January – July most of the area … Continue reading

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Greetings to you on this fine Monday! Whew doggies, I am beat from the events of this past weekend. I’ll update you all once I catch my breath. I went from being depressed with nothing to do, to running from … Continue reading

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Have a Heart

Or several. 🙂 I promise I won’t bore y’all with the horrid details of our plumbing disaster yesterday. Just suffice it to say that one doesn’t truly appreciate the value of functional plumbing until it malfunctions and sewage ends up … Continue reading

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Lake Martin Mish-Mash

Sunday morning we lounged around doing our usual: drinking coffee and having our routine discussion which always begins with a question: “What are we going to do today?” We are always eager to go somewhere, so the only thing stopping … Continue reading

Posted in alligator gar, boardwalk, cypress island, dragonflies, great blue heron, lake martin, little blue heron, slaty skimmer, swamp | 47 Comments

Silver-spotted Skipper

Alas, the plans to see the Wood Storks was axed. After some back and forth discussions, we finally decided that the threat of rain was too great to take a chance with our camera gear. Too bad we missed it … Continue reading

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American Snout

As I prepare this post (Thurs, 7/17) we had a record low temperature this morning of 62ºF (17C) which broke the record of 64ºF in 1967. The day before I was able to get out with my camera and not … Continue reading

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Pied-billed Grebe

This is one of my favorite ducks. I can’t point to exactly why since his feathering and colors certainly can’t compete with the flashy wood ducks or the metallic sheen of the mallards. Maybe it’s his big, dark eyes outlined … Continue reading

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