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.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Cold Trees

How fast does it change from warm to winter? As fast as it takes to go from green to brown. Last week our yard and the river banks were green and full of flowers that the hummingbirds used a lot. This week, after the cold last Friday, the flowers are all gone and the only hummer food out there is the food we supply in feeders. And the buff-bellied hummingbird that has visited us each winter for the last few years is still here and living on sugarwater.

The yard is really stark. The trees framed against the sunset talk in the breeze as if they know the sap they need is stored underground, kind of like they hibernate. It has become cold and they don’t care.

A few days ago the moon was up in the late afternoon. It looks friendly up there, even if a little out of place.

The river is at 6.5 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge, falling slowly to 6.1 in a few days. The Ohio and Mississippi are both falling hard up north.

Rise and Shine, Jim


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