Two weeks ago I went paddling around the northern portion of Turkey Creek Lake, Louisiana. It's a beautiful area, with some incredible cypress. There is an interesting Water-body Management Plan document publicly available from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries website, here. It covers some of the management issues they deal with, such as invasive aquatic species, both plants (water hyacinth) and animals (asian carp).
|Bald cypress leaves|
|It was tough trying to get a photo of this water spider, without leaning too far over in the canoe.|
While paddling on the lake, I saw my first alligator gar, it surfaced a couple of feet from the canoe. I was able to get a decent glimpse of its long row of teeth and speckled scales.
Despite the fact that I went in the morning, it was still too hot to take Kermit, and have him sitting in a hot aluminum canoe in the sun. The humidity was essentially 100% and it was already close to 90 degrees F by the time I was in the water, with a heat index of at least 100 F.