cajun hot tub, slidell, louisiana.

cajun hot tub, slidell, lousiana. honey island swamp is home to one of the most interesting communities in the south, the cajuns. the name cajun comes from 'acadian'; these people trace their roots back hundreds of years to the french-speaking people of acadia (part of canada). the culture has contributed much to the fabric of new orleans, from their music to their culture to their language.

cajun hot tub, slidell, lousiana. honey island swamp is home to one of the most interesting communities in the south, the cajuns. the name cajun comes from ‘acadian’; these people trace their roots back hundreds of years to the french-speaking people of acadia (part of canada). the culture has contributed much to the fabric of new orleans, from their music and culture to their language. fishing is essential to their way of life, and people park their shrimping or fishing boats right outside their home – which, hopefully, is raised high up on cement or wooden pillars.

louisiana iris, slidell, louisiana.

louisiana iris, slidell, lousiana. this is the state wildflower of louisiana, and this particular species can grow up to six feet tall. they grow natively in freshwater marshes, swamps, and wetlands. there aren't many of these flowers left, and our tour guide explained that they only bloom for a couple weeks in the spring. wetlands are crucial for carbon storage, fisheries habitat, and protection from floods. although louisiana has 40% of the wetlands in the US, they also represent 80% of its losses.

louisiana iris, slidell, lousiana. this is the state wildflower of louisiana, and this particular species can grow up to six feet tall. they grow natively in freshwater marshes, swamps, and wetlands. there aren’t many of these flowers left, and our tour guide explained that they only bloom for a couple of weeks in the spring. wetlands are crucial for carbon storage, fisheries habitat, and protection from floods. although louisiana has 40% of the wetlands in the US, they also represent 80% of its losses.

shrimp boat, slidell, louisiana.

shrimp boat, slidell, louisiana. last week i visited my favorite place in the world, new orleans. this time i wanted to get a better sense of the environment around the french quarter, so i took a boat tour of the honey island swamp. one of the first things they showed us was this shrimp boat that was deposited there eight years ago by hurricane katrina. the boat owner could never be tracked down, so here it lives, miles from its home port.

shrimp boat, slidell, louisiana. last week i visited my favorite place in the world, new orleans. this time i wanted to get a better sense of the world surrounding the french quarter, so i took a boat tour of the honey island swamp. one of the first things they showed us was this shrimp boat that hurricane katrina deposited there eight years ago. the boat owner was never found, so here it lives, miles from its home port. her name is the guiding star.