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.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Cool Water

Yes, it is cool. It has been in the high 50s for the last several mornings, and sunrise with a cup of coffee on a morning like that is hard to resist. Mostly, I don’t try. Temptation is so nice when you decide voluntarily to give in to it. You don’t have to overcome the guilt of having been overcome by whatever it was, you just say “Yes” and go from there. I guess what appears to me to be something to be feel guilty about is the fact that I have the time to be out at sunrise, while most of my friends have to go to work. They are out earning money to pay bills, but the sunrises are free. It is the time to watch them that is so valuable.

Some people have wondered where Napoleon has gone. Well, nowhere, he is still doing interesting cat-things. This morning he and Alcibiades got into one of their frequent play-fight events. Just look at the face on Alcibiades! If you didn’t know they were playing…

The bananas are growing nicely. Maybe there will be time for them to ripen enough to eat. We fry them in a little butter in a skillet. The pieces turn a nice brown and are wonderful.

This will be the last posting for a couple of weeks, so check in later.

The river is at 2.6 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge, rising quickly to 9.5 feet by Tuesday! It’s hard to believe but that’s what the forcasts say. The Mississippi is rising up to Memphis, but falling further up. Both the Ohio and Mississippi are falling above Memphis. So, after this sudden jump, things will fall again and level out. Anyone planning to do something on the Atchafalaya River this weekend needs to know that this is happening.

Rise and Shine, Jim


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