Nature Shoot: Lake Martin

It’s not often these days that I head to the water without a fishing rod, especially when I’m taking a kayak out. I’m a pretty avid, well… used to be avid, kayak fisherman. I say “used to” only because family time, work, and life situations have kept me off the water. I did, however, recently get to spend a few hours at Lake Martin, a beautiful wildlife preserve not far from Lafayette. I was using a kayak to weave in and out around the tall & old cypress trees, their canopies dressed in Spanish moss.

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Plenty of Red-Ear Turtles were out enjoying the sun.

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The shed-shell of a Cicada hangs on a limb.

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Perched on the limb of a submerged tree, an Anhinga watches closely.

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After coming through a group of trees, I was surrounded by Purple Martins, chasing insects through the air.

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With the air temperature slightly cooled down, Alligators could be seen on logs sunning themselves.

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Many of these trees are hundreds of years old and have seen many hurricanes and floods.

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Anhingas will dive beneath the water’s surface to find a meal, but their wings are not coated with oil like most birds. They’re often seen drying their wings before taking flight.

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The story of Spring.

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A Great Blue Heron finds a meal…

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…then took flight…

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…when I got a little too close.

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Cypress Cathedral.

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Almost incognito.

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