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

Updated on June 1, 2014

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 located on the Gulf Coast. My experience with the bayou water is where my home once stood prior to Hurricane Katrina just of the Gulf of Mexico. I like to go back and visit the water of the bayou now and then. I marvel at the place and think of the time 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 land.

The bayou runs through the property and I remember the time when I could walk out my door and watch the wildlife as it live along side of us. There is a well worn pathway we call the nature trail, made from visiting critters as they strolled past each day. The remain and although we will probably not rebuild a home here again, 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 basic necessities they need to survive. As in the past when I stood on the balcony of my home the white egrets swoop through the tree retrieving fish and other water born critters for their meals. I still react as one comes from it's hiding in the trees and swooshes past my face as if I didn't exist.

Entertaining Reading from the Bayou

Bayon/Jean-Baptiste (Bayou Heat) (Volume 3)
Bayon/Jean-Baptiste (Bayou Heat) (Volume 3)

Learn more about the bayou while you entertain yourself with this story.

Eve's Bayou
Eve's Bayou

A story set in the bayous of the deep south.

Raphael/Parish (Bayou Heat) (Volume 1)
Raphael/Parish (Bayou Heat) (Volume 1)

Bayou hear the first In a series takes place in the bayou

Midnight Bayou
Midnight Bayou

Nora Roberts Midnight Bayou


The Calm Water of the Bayou

The Calmness of the Water - The Bayou water

When it storms here the bayou can get stirred up and brings a very organic smell from the decaying debris from it's bottom. The smell used to annoy me when I first came here but not it's part of the things I look forward to on my visits. It seems each time I visit I find a little trinket Katrina left from 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 item and bring the to my new home. I once found the staircase from my house and spend several visits collecting the threads from the staircase which I turned into a little walkway out my backdoor we use everyday.

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, racoons, opossums, armadillos, deer, and sometime gators found this place and made it home. Nature continues to thrive and now I have the opportunity to photography 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 grow along the bayou keep the property cooled by their shade. Other plant 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

Certain times of the year the bayou water is so deep it over flows 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 impassible for someone like me. Many of the photo 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 most of all teach them about the dangers existing in this amazing place.

As I walk along the creature made pathway, I am careful of any dangers lurking. Each step is carefully planned, watching for snakes, gators, or other dangerous inhabitants of this bayou. I snap photos of things which might be interesting, sometimes it's not until I come home and review the photos that I see thing my camera caught and my naked eye did not.

I will continues 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. My legs and my feet are covered with the ant bites of those pesky little ants who are first felt them seen. It has been about a month since my last visit, due to the heavy rains. 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

Get Some Bayou Cooking Lesson

Mississippi Memories: Classic American Cooking from the Heartland to the Mississippi Bayou
Mississippi Memories: Classic American Cooking from the Heartland to the Mississippi Bayou

Cooking on the bayou the home of great meals with a Southern style.


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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Very interesting, I didn't know people were living in the swamps. I'd be scared to even go there, with so many crocodiles.

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      5 years ago

      An incredible insight into this area. Thank you for sharing and my hope is that you have recovered after your sad loss. I would not live there if you paid me as the video gave me the creeps. What does Bayou mean and where does the name come from? Do you know? Well done.

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      Raymond Eagar 

      5 years ago

      I have water plants in my fishpond


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