Swamp Grass During Fall

In my swamp.

Since I refer to New Orleans as swampville, I thought that it might be a good idea to show you some of the prettier views of fall in the swamp. I think this photograph fits that nicely.

If you want real wet and muddy swamp land I’ll have to take a little drive. That’s fine except almost every bit of water that is connected to the lake has alligators in it. Even Bayou St. John, which is the waterway that runs through a bit of Mid-City and is separated from houses by a street and a long grass strip, has them now.

I don’t remember them always being there or even in City Park. But, they started wandering into residential places after Hurricane Katrina.

There is a place in the park where one of our dogs liked to jump into the water and mud. She stunk to high heaven when she got home. She got a bath even though dogs like smelly stuff. I would not let her dive into that swamp today.

I have to wonder what happens when a gator decides to leave the water and explore land. The folks who live in that area will be calling The National Guard. Or, most likely, animal control.

You have to remember the history of New Orleans. The first settlers built on a ridge known today as The French Quarter. The land there is dry and fairly solid.

The so-called Sliver Along The River that was the 20% of the city that didn’t flood during Katrina is also on higher, more solid ground.

The rest of the city is reclaimed swampland. That belonged to Indigenous People (Celebrated yesterday, Monday) and wild creatures. It was alligator and snake land. And, just about anything else that wanted to bite you.

To my way of thinking, the return of alligators to places they haven’t been seen recently is another example of nature seeking stasis.

There seems to be a lot of examples of nature’s way these days. We’d better get to work if we don’t want to be the part of the earth that nature removes. 210,000 dead from the virus could be nothing.

Think about that.


Stay safe. Stay mighty. Wear your mask. Keep your distance. Please remember this pandemic isn’t over yet. Look after each other.

Fall colors. That’s what this post is really about even though I side tracked myself into a swampy discussion.

This is the type of swamp that I can take the dogs to visit. Nothing there will hurt them or me.

If I decide to photograph the kind of swamp that people think of when the word swamp appears I won’t take a dog. Not any of them.

In one go I can photograph swamps and Spanish Moss. I’d better do that. Someone might want it.

This picture was easy to make. The light was open shade, one of the best kinds of light to make pictures like this. I pressed the button and I was done.

The only thing that I did in post production is add the border.


Autumn on the swamp.

One more technical thing. I use an iMac as my main machine. It comes with a “magic mouse.” Batteries need changing every so often. You pop off a little back cover and out they come.

Apparently, when I changed them last time, I reseated the cover almost perfectly. Too perfectly. Now I can’t remove it, even using a micro screw driver to try to pop the button. If you have any ideas I’m all ears.

Meanwhile, I’m using a “magic trackpad.” I forgot all the finger motions, but YouTube has about a billion tutorials.

If you notice there is no photographer information on the picture. I have no clue how to drag and drop that with a trackpad.

First world Problems, I know.



11 responses to “Swamp Grass During Fall”

  1. The Snow Melts Somewhere Avatar

    Interesting. Looks grassier than I imagined. Are there any orchids in your swamps, or are you in a totally different swamp world? (I read a fascinating book about orchids some years ago and some species live in swamps in Florida, if my memory serves me)

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      It depends on what part of the swamp. I suppose that I should go make some very swampy pictures and you’ll see the difference. I have never seen an orchid here, but I’ve never been as deep in as you could go. When I lived in Hong Kong and travelled throughout Asia I saw them everywhere. Now you’ve got me wondering. 🙂

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      1. The Snow Melts Somewhere Avatar

        I had a dream about orchids last night! 😆 Don’t venture too deep!

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      2. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Cool. There are actually raise walkways in the place I’m thinking of.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. The Snow Melts Somewhere Avatar

        Sounds exotic to me, would love to see what it’s like

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        I’ll show you… eventually.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. sloppy buddhist Avatar

    and enjoy your M&Ms Ray…beautiful photo … feels like a painting 💫

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Thank you. That’s another thing I don’t eat. I am really sorry that I ever started “Enjoy every…” I’ll never do it again.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. sloppy buddhist Avatar

        Me either…I will stop ☺️🤓 watched the video thanks for the suggestion Ray

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  3. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

    There’s a funny thing about the picture. I was scrolling around. I made the same picture last year and the year before that. Time to quit while I’m behind.


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