Monday, April 30, 2012

Lake Martin, Louisiana, Revisited

I leave Louisiana tomorrow morning to make my way to the Dragonfly Society of the Americas annual meeting in South Carolina, but I was able to make another visit to Lake Martin a short distance outside of Lafayette. I found a few things in addition to what I saw during my last visit (see previous post) and I’ll just show those briefly since I still need to get packed tonight!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Lake Martin, Louisiana

A couple days ago I spent a little bit of dragonflying time at Lake Martin which is just a short drive from Lafayette, Louisiana. It’s a lush, beautiful lake with lots of Spanish moss-enshrouded cypress trees emerging from the lake waters (did you know that Spanish moss is actually a bromeliad?) and, of course, the occasional alligator playing “I see you, but you don’t see me.”

The conditions were not great since it was very blustery and the odonates were not too interested in posing for photographs. The diversity of species wasn’t too impressive either—not very different from what I saw at Avery Island a few days prior (see previous post), but I do have a few photos worth sharing.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

My first flying odonates of the year (in Louisiana)

It’s been a while since I have posted anything, but I’m on the road—currently in Louisiana, then in South Carolina next week for the Dragonfly Society of the Americas annual meeting, so I thought I’d share a few photos while traveling.

I had not yet seen any adult odonates at home in the Pacific Northwest, so my first of the year were at Avery Island, Louisiana—a salt dome protruding out of the marshlands and bayous where the world supply of Tabasco hot sauce is produced. Also located here is the Jungle Gardens, a botanical garden and bird sanctuary established by the McIlhenny family with plenty of alligator-occupied ponds and odonates. The odonate diversity was not great, but some are species that do not occur in the Northwest. Below are several species photographed at the Jungle Gardens a couple days ago.