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The Water of the Bayou, Plants, the Animals of the Gulf Coast

Updated on July 18, 2022

The water of the bayou, plants and animals of the Gulf Coast

The Water of the Bayou, Plants, the Animals of the Gulf Coast. The water of the bayou is on the Gulf Coast. My experience with the bayou water is where my home once stood before Hurricane Katrina, just of the Gulf of Mexico. I like to go back and visit the bayou water now and then. I marvel at the place and think of when my husband and I stood on this piece of land about 3 acres in size and remember the day we left it and returned to bare ground.
The bayou runs through the property, and I remember when I could walk out my door and watch the wildlife as it lived alongside us. There is a well-worn pathway we call the nature trail, made by visiting critters as they stroll past each day. They remain, and although we will probably not rebuild a home, I come to watch as nature has taken over and the animals continue to enjoy this beautiful place.
Along the bayou, many animals depend upon the low-lying area, which collects water and maintains all the necessities they need to survive. In the past, when I stood on the balcony of my home, the white egrets swooped through the tree, retrieving fish and other water-borne critters for their meals. I still react as one comes from its hiding in the trees and swooshes past my face as if I didn't exist.

The Calm Water of the Bayou

The Calmness of the Water - The Bayou water

When it storms here, the bayou can get stirred up, bringing a very organic smell from the decaying debris from its bottom. The smell used to annoy me when I first came here, but now it's part of the things I look forward to on my visits. Every time I visit, I find a little trinket Katrina left at my home. It could be a penny from my old collection, a broken piece of stained glass, or an old dish from my kitchen. Sometimes I retrieve these items and bring them to my new home. I once found the staircase from my house and spent several visits collecting the threads from the staircase, which I turned into a little walkway out my backdoor that we use every day.

Funny how those little memories of the bayou and the calmness I see each time I come. The water once rose over 30 feet during Katrina and is responsible for washing away most of my home. I am happy to know that the foxes, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, deer, and sometimes gators found this place and made it home. Nature continues to thrive, and now I have the opportunity to photograph these everyday events I once took for granted.

You may have heard of Yellow Pine, it is a fast-growing tree reaching heights of 70-80 feet. Some people here call it “yeller wood” it is used for construction. These trees grow in abundance on my property. The smell is something you have to witness to understand. The tree grows along the bayou keeps the property cooled by their shade. Other plants growing wild near the bayou are Ancient live oaks, all gnarly and bent, Palmettos a short wild palm, Magnolia trees, Bay magnolias (Smell Like Bay Rum), and brush.

Do Not Feed the Gators,

Do Not Feed the Gators,
Do Not Feed the Gators,

Lot of Fungi Growing on Wet Decaying Trees

Lot of Fungi Growing on Wet Decaying Trees
Lot of Fungi Growing on Wet Decaying Trees

Mississippi Mud

The Land Of Mississippi Mud - In the Bayou

At certain times of the year, the bayou water is so deep it overflows the banks and turns the land into a muddy mess. During the summer months, it usually rains in the late afternoon, keeping the bayou water at capacity and making it impossible for someone like me. Many of the photos I have are from the early spring, which begins near the end of February when the ground is still relatively dry. The new animal mothers are teaching their new babies how to live near the bayou water. They learn to drink from the water, nibble the tall grasses and leaves, and teach them about the dangers in this fantastic place.

Walking along the creature-made pathway, I am careful of any dangers lurking. Each step needs planning and watching for this bayou's snakes, gators, or other dangerous inhabitants. I snap photos of things that might be interesting; sometimes, it's not until I come home and review the images that I see things my camera caught and my naked eye did not.

I will continue to visit this place until I can no longer walk the path. Dodging and ducking the Spanish moss draping from the tree, the fire ants I always seem to step on while I'm here. Ants were attacking me with the ant bites of those pesky little ants who first saw them. Due to the heavy rains, it has been about a month since my last visit. As soon as the land is passable, I will be there again.

A White Egret Waiting for Food to Appear in the Bayou

A White Egret Waiting for Food to Appear in the Bayou
A White Egret Waiting for Food to Appear in the Bayou

Frog hop from water lilies back into the water

Frog hop from water lilies back into the water
Frog hop from water lilies back into the water

Fox is Hungry Too

Fox is Hungry Too
Fox is Hungry Too

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