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.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Cryptic Bug

Sometimes moonup can be as striking as sunup. This was a few nights ago, the night after full moon.

Presenting itself as a subject in the ongoing practice of documenting Life at Butte La Rose, this bug appeared on the tree that our main bird feeder is tied to. I followed this little guy around the tree with the camera lens coming closer and closer to it. It appeared to become alarmed by the camera and it began to crawl slowly around until it found the scant cover provided by these lichen strands. It crawled under the lichen and effectively disappeared - an extremely good example of blending coloration.

Napoleon and Alcibiades sometimes strike poses that make the camera jump out of my pocket and point at them.

The river is at 7.3 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge, and will stay steady for about a week. After that it will fall somewhat due to the Mississippi and Ohio falling in their upper reaches.

Rise and Shine, Jim


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