This blog originates on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, in Louisiana. It proposes to share the things that happen on and by the river as the seasons progress. As the river changes from quiet, warm, slow flow to rises of eighteen feet or more, there are changes in the lives of the birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles that use the river. And the mood of the river changes with the seasons. I propose to note and comment on these things.

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Location: Butte La Rose, Louisiana, United States

I transitioned a few years ago from a career as a water-pollution control biologist. I want to do this blog to stay in touch with a world outside my everyday surroundings, whatever they may be. I like open-minded company and the discussion of ideas. Photo by Brad Moon.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Home on the Range

And it really is where the deer and the [buffalo] play. And seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the skies are not cloudy all day. But a few more clouds now and then would be OK too.

This time of year and this time of day (at sunrise) you can see the herds of buffalo coming up the river. There must be a huge number of them judging by the swirls you see on the surface. They surface like porpoises do, the nose comes up first, then the high fin on the back, then the tail – all of this in a quick motion. It is so quick that you really have to be looking at the spot at the same time the fish comes up, if not, you miss it. The swirls in the top picture are made by the fish.

This afternoon I was fishing for the cats with a rod and reel and one of these buffaloes took a hook baited with river shrimp. That’s a picture of it. One this size pulls pretty hard and the drag on the reel gets a workout before the fish comes in.

Nopoleon is thinking about making friends with the big fish. Well, maybe with part of it anyhow.

The river is at 3.4 on the Butte La Rose gauge, falling to 2.7 by Friday. The Ohio and Mississippi are going nowhere very fast.

Rise and Shine, Jim


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