We got up early Saturday morning and drove out to the Bayou. We were, of course, early so we went to the park right next to Armand Bayou and walked around there first and warmed up our cameras. I was not very happy with the photos I got there ... like I said, I was just warming up.
At about 9:00 we made it to our stop for the day and met up with our group. They went over the plan for the day and we began walking around the trails taking pictures. This is what I saw.
We started out on one of the trails in the forest ecosystem...
Looking at the start of the trail
These beautiful red berries were all along the trail
Not sure what these are, but they sure looked interesting!
Mushrooms growing inside and outside the bark of a tree along the trail
The backside of the trail - headed back to the trail head
You could only see this building from the back part of the trail, there is so much of the forest reclaiming this area!
After walking the trail loop we met up with Brenda, Harwood, and Chris. We visited and then walked around the "farm" area. Again, here is what I saw :
Another look at the windmill
The rusted wheel on a piece of equipment in the shed
One of the handles on one of the "out-buildings"
Same handle, different view (Thanks Pepaw!)
An old chain hanging by one of the windows on an "out-building"
A bee on one of the flowers in the garden along the fence
A leaf by the pond
Milk cans by the porch of the old farmhouse (I really wish it had been open so we could have gone inside!)
Time passes so quickly on these walks! It was already time for us to head back and go to lunch. We walked back over the boardwalk toward the entrance and I just had to stop and get a shot of the "wetlands" ecosystem.
The view from the boardwalk
That was really about all I got this time. We all headed out, enjoyed a REALLY good lunch and had SUCH a great visit. It was so much fun spending the weekend shooting photos and visiting with family... I know we'll be going out again real soon!