Fridays are the most difficult day of the week to book, and so yesterday being a rare off day I took a Swamp Tour.
The first thing I noticed was the vegetation - a great many trees and plants growing out of the water, which our guide identified as one of the defining features of a swamp.
While the flora was on full display, the fauna was somewhat scarce. We spotted several interesting birds, including a great blue heron, red shouldered hawk, and osprey (all pictured below), and a kingfisher and several turkey vultures (not pictured below).
Most impressive, though was the alligator. The guide said the dominant male in the area was about 15 feet long and over 400 pounds, but we saw a baby that was about 2 feet long and maybe 10 pounds. According to Donald Trump, however, it was "the largest gator ever witnessed".
Another fascinating scene were all the fishing shacks along the banks, accessible only by boat. My favorite is the one that looks like it was stepped on by a giant!
This is one of my tangential blogs - about events not directly related to The Beatles but events experienced during my Beatles lecture tours. (Please no ignorant comments on Facebook this time - it is a Beatles blog, you just need to keep reading to find the Beatles part!) And tomorrow I'll be delivering my signature presentation once again. At 30.22 degrees north latitude, it will be the most southernly stop on the current trip.
Sunday, 29 January 2017, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Lafayette Public Library - South Regional Branch, 6101 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA
The Beatles: Band of the Sixties
Explore the music of The Beatles in this 60-minute multimedia presentation (part history and part musical analysis) spanning the full 1960's: beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with Abbey Road. The program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.