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April 17, 2012

Swamp Things – Honey Island

Filed under: Uncategorized — wally426 @ 8:37 pm

Over half of the 70,000 acres of the Honey Island Swamp are federally protected. It’s home to gators, snakes, wild hogs, turtles and huge birds like this Great Blue Heron. This guy has about a 6ft wing span…

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Houseboat glory

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Even though the Pearl River was beautiful, reminders of it’s harsh nature could be seen all along its banks

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Shrimpin’ boat

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The river is only about 10-12 ft at its deepest, so silt is usually stirred-up and changes the complexion of the Pearl from root beer to mud

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This lotus was given out at the cotton expo of 1880. People threw them into the streams and they started taking over the swamps, drowning out the light and cluttering the inlets

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The green muck is called duck algae – an invasive species of plant that is taking over the inlets.

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Spanish Moss

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Bayou Scenes

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Crawdaddy fisherman showing off

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Fresh catch

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Swamp Pal

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Diamondback water snake – One of two non-venemous snakes that inhabit the swamp

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Settin’ swing

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This 7ft beast was calmly lurking in the reeds next to someone’s house. Supposedly the owner’s two chocolate labs keep the gator at bay. Hunting licenses are available by lottery but anything caught is just for bragging rights – Gators only fetch around $60/ft

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Swallow-Tailed Kite – Although it’s not a threatened species, they’re incredibly rare to see in the States

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Ibis

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And they’re off…

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Ye olde fishing shack – catfish beware

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Legend has it that somewhere in all of this the Honey Island swamp monster still lurks amongst the trees. It stands over 7ft tall and has an awful stench. Every so often, the locals will find wild higs with their throats torn out and wonder who’s work it really was…

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1 Comment »

  1. Great pics of the swamp things! The animal pics were amazing too! hahaha 🙂

    Comment by Anonymous — April 18, 2012 @ 2:26 am


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