One of the nicest perks of the “SOWER Life” is that we work 4 day weeks. And that means we get double Saturdays. So while one Saturday is almost always full of laundry and cleaning and other chores, it always leaves one for ‘sploring or just playing. This past
Friday Saturday One was just that!
I had wanted to visit a new SOWER project, Acadian Baptist Center, located about 50 miles away in the town Eunice, Louisiana. We enjoyed a tour of the facilities, reconnecting with some friends that have been working there and meeting the director. It’s a great campus, but I especially loved the pond on the property.
Guess it didn’t hurt that the azaleas were in bloom, eh?
And this one, of the row of cypress –
is my favorite! Won’t that be spectacular when they leaf out?
Since we were in Eunice we made a quick stop at the Jean Lafitte Museum (aka Prairie Acadian Cultural Center),
before we headed south toward the Gulf and one of the many National Wildlife Refuges.
We ended up at the Lacassine NWR, and more specifically the Lacassine Pool Loop.
It was a lovely day for a drive, and the drive itself was quite lovely!
All along the way were shallow waterways, filled with waterfowl.
Although we saw many egrets and a heron or two, none were close enough to get a really good picture. So, I stayed busy with all of the ducks! Now, I am not a birder by any stretch of the imagination, so feel free to correct any of my identification attempts!
Immature white-faced ibis
and my favorite….
Greater Scaup (love the blue beak and the bright yellow eyes!)
Most of these are dabbling ducks
and most of my shots captured them doing just that – dabbling! 🙂
I also saw this lone bird in a small tree, and I have yet to figure out what it is –
Not very spectacular and it almost looks like a cowbird, but it just didn’t seem to be the location for a cowbird. It was fairly large – bigger than a robin, not quite as big as a pigeon. Any thoughts?
Also caught this young fellow along the edge of a canal –
Can you see him?
There he is! Hiding in the tall grass! I was surprised that I spotted him as we drove along!
We were there for the first day of motorized boat fishing, but even though there were plenty of boat trailers in the parking lots, we saw very few boats actually on the water.
(For you fishermen, there was rumor of a 13# Bass catch! We cannot confirm.)
Mostly, these were our views –
Such a lovely drive!
Since this was not only our Saturday One, but also the last opportunity (this trip) to do any sightseeing, I’m so glad we got back to that area – it was wonderful to take a more lingering drive through that beautiful refuge and see a bit more of the SW Louisiana countryside.
And what did our Saturday Two look like?
There are a couple more pictures of Louisiana Drive HERE if you’d like to see them!
Hope you all had a great Saturday(or two) too!