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.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

On Time

His Excellency Napoleon Bonaparte on the dock rail at sunrise this morning.

This is just to record that the water has begun to rise. All that rain and snow in the Ohio Valley has done what it used to do regularly, and does not so regularly any more. It has come down here to pay us a visit in early March. It’s not clear how much of a rise this will be, but all the rivers are coming up all the way to Pennsylvania and Minnesota. This is not a flood, but it is enough to encourage the crawfishermen to buy some more wire and make some more traps.

The river is at 7.1 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge right now, rising to 9.4 feet by Thursday. As above, the Ohio and Mississippi are both rising strongly. Here she comes, and on time. (I am tempted to add “for a change”, but why take a chance on irritating Mother Nature).

Rise and Shine, Jim


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