Tag: bayou

11 Apr 2015

Southern Snapshots: A Roseate Spoonbill  0

Southern Snapshots: Rosette Spoonbill | bonveillercher.com

 

 

Southern Snapshots: Rosette Spoonbill | bonveillercher.com

Out boat-riding one day with Myron, we came across these beautiful Roseate Spoonbills. They were crawfishing in the swamp between the trees that line the Lacassine Bayou. This one even looks like he’s smiling at the camera!

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08 Feb 2015

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center  0

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.com
Roadtrip time!
 
The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.comOur day began with a stop at Chesson’s Grocery on La 27 for gas. When we drove up I noticed a brightly green colored alligator statue out front. I had to have a picture of it! So while Myron, my boyfriend, pumped gas, I went over to see exactly what it was. The sign read “Creole Nature Trail,” and this sparked my interest for a new blog series! After mentioning my idea to Myron, he said there was a place just down the road that he passed almost every day that we needed to check out.

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.comIt was the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. When we walked in we were greeted by the sweetest, little lady working there. She gave us a brief once over of the place and explained what the center had to offer. I took a few pictures then we walked into the first room and met Tante Marie who turned out to be an animatronic replica of an old Cajun woman in a pirogue with a voice that took me back to my childhood days listening to my grandparents. She was so animated and realistic, not scary at all, and I know kids would just love her! She talked about the history of the Cajuns, their migration south to Louisiana, and their daily lives back then. She couldn’t stay long though because she needed to head home with her fresh shrimp to make her a big pot of shrimp and okra gumbo, so we headed into the next room.

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
Tante Marie

Around the corner was a hands-on museum set up with information about bird migration and conservation. From there we entered a movie room with this big wooden door and seats for about ten people. In the corner was a Gator on the Geaux (look for more on these brilliantly created statues in a future post) that was covered head to tail in commemorative duck stamps. That’s when we realized the next thing to see was outside in the chilly, misty weather. We went for it anyway, and headed to the observation deck in the back of the building.

The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.com
The Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.comThe Creole Nature Trail: Cameron Prairie Visitor's Center -- Information, Tante Marie, and GATORS are just a few things you'll find at this stop along the trail! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
It was well worth the walk! I’m sure in the summer there are more birds out, but we did get to see a variety of ducks and a couple beautiful geese. There is a covered place at the end of the boardwalk to stop and watch the birds in their natural environment. They even have a FREE telescope to get some close-up looks. As we were walking away there was the cutest little bird just swimming around. It sure didn’t care about the weather! I, of course, had to have a picture.
The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is a must stop before proceeding along the trail. Besides all the information it provides about the wetlands of Louisiana, it has plenty of brochures and maps to guide you on your way down the Creole Nature Trail. As we were leaving we were told we could head just two miles down the road to the Pintail Drive and Boardwalk, but we saved that for another day.
 
Here are the details to plan your own visit:
 
Cameron Prairie National Wildlife and Refuge Visitor Center
1428 Hwy 27
Bell City, La 70630
337-598-2216
 
For more information about the Creole Nature Trail and surrounding areas check out these links:
 
 
Stay tuned for more posts as we travel along the Creole Nature Trail!
01 Feb 2015

Welcome!  0

Welcome to Bon veiller, cher! A blog that journeys through the state of Louisiana in search of what makes it unique, fun, and a great place to live and visit. -- bonveillercher.blogspot.comHi y’all! Welcome to Bon veiller, cher and our very first post! We are Katrina and Lexi, a mother-daughter team living in small-town Southwest Louisiana. We have always had a very special bond and shared a great love for our home state, and now that we are both adults, we find ourselves yearning for more knowledge about the places and people around us. Plus, we both spent twenty years living in another state, and this only further fueled our passion for Louisiana. When the idea of a blog first came about, we knew we wanted to focus not only on the state as it is now but on the rich history and the people that have shaped it. From festivals and foods to traditions and trades, we will be sitting down to visit with locals from all around to delve deeper into what makes the culture here so unique. So many people look to other places for fun and adventure, but we want to show you that no matter where you live, you can find these things just steps outside your front door.
 
Welcome to Bon veiller, cher! A blog that journeys through the state of Louisiana in search of what makes it unique, fun, and a great place to live and visit. -- bonveillercher.blogspot.com
We already have quite a list of adventures planned, but we would love to hear y’alls ideas. Do you have a favorite hole-in-the-wall breakfast spot? Has your great nephew’s wife’s sister played the accordion since she was three? What’s the treasure in your town?Leave a comment here or send us an e-mail, so we can plan a visit to your neck of the woods!
 
Katrina & Lexi