Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

This is the blog of Mark Wordsworm, the travelling worm. I’m a 25-year-old bookmark and can proudly boast my own Hallmark serial number, 95 HBM 80-1. You’ll probably want to read all about me and my Travelling Companion (the TC).

Today’s travel notes

Me and the TC spent a couple of days in New Orleans this week. One morning we braved the thunder storms and the warnings of flash flooding, to go on the Honey Island Swamp Tour with Cajun Encounters.

My impressions? Trees, trees’ knees, reflections of trees, and hidden danger.

The book I’m in

Wool, by Hugh Howey.

Travel tip

In my last post, I recommended that you watch out for people who don’t blink, as they may not be what they seem. Now this worm can inform you that alligators do blink, so you can trust that they are what they seem.

The photos

Me, your intrepid travelling worm, about to set out on the swamp tour:

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At the start of the tour we were on a wide river with swampy banks on each side:

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This vertical-lift bridge is in working order. The entire bridge, including the house in the middle, rises up the towers to let higher craft pass underneath. Our boat captain said you need to call about four hours beforehand if you want the bridge to lift:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Water lilies on the river bank:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Witch’s hair lichen drapes the trees:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Are those all lily pads amongst the trees? The powerful zoom on the TC’s camera reveals a usurper:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

A snake coils comfortably on a tree trunk. I’m not sure what type of snake it is. Maybe a Copperhead:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Reflections of trees wobble in the boat’s wake:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Another quiet scene of lilly pads, trees and reflections. The TC is fond of such scenes:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

All is quiet, nothing stirs:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Yet danger lurks ever close by. Here, in the bank next to the boat, a Cottonmouth rests:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Locals build their houses safely above flood level:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Right next door, someone thinks the safe level is even higher. A reaction to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, our guide informs us:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Alligators smile on a log:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Inexorable beauty:

Honey Island swamp tour in New Orleans

Do alligators like marshmallows? Watch this video to find out:

That’s all for today, dudes.

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  1. Always love seeing the alligators!


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