Since today is Mardi Gras, I’ve been thinking of New Orleans. While Bourbon St might come to mind first for some folks, I was actually reminded of a swamp tour that Lynne took a few years ago outside of New Orleanss. From the pictures and stories, it sounded like a fun experience exploring this ecosystem on a river boat with a guide.
Part of what fascinates me is how the natural world influences our local cultures. For example, much of the cuisine in Louisiana is based on an abundance of seafood from their surrounding wetlands. I’m sure there are many other aspects of the swamplands there relate to the local culture, just as I can think of many aspects of how the North Woods influences culture in Wisconsin.
Next time I get to visit a new place, I will make note of how the local ecosystem relates to the region’s culture. For now, enjoy two pictures of the Barataria Preserve which has 26,000 acres of Louisiana’s wild wetlands: