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 30, 2008

Light Rain

It rained on the river this morning. Here are four of the drops.

This must be the week of flights across the Gulf of Mexico. This morning the Orchard Orioles are here, and the Great-crested Flycatchers too. They join the Prothonotary Warblers and White-eyed Flycatchers that came a couple days ago. It feels good to know that the cycles are in order and the world is working as it has for a long time. Both the sun and the birds disappear, one once a day and the other once a year. Today we know they will return. We take them both for granted. It was not always so.

The river is at 16.7 feet on the Butte La Rose gauge, rising to 17.7 by the middle of next week. There is still nothing above Memphis, so the rise we have will not be sustained beyond a week or so. Still, this is plenty water, another foot and our deck will be under.

Rise and Shine, Jim


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