Bayou Beauty

For a few weeks each year, birds fill the skies and wildlife refuges of southwest Louisiana.

Walk on the Wild Side

Michael Hanson

Walk on the Wild Side

An alligator suns within view of the Lacassine Pool road, a safe glimpse into a wild environment.

Light Lunch

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Light Lunch

A great blue heron takes a lunch break in the marsh grasses of Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge.

From the Ages

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From the Ages

A massive, centuries-old live oak makes visitors to the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center feel tiny and young.

Showtime

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Showtime

Pull up a seat at one of southwest Louisiana's best wildlife shows: the sunset view from the observation deck at Lacassine Pool.

In the Pink

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In the Pink

The pink flash of roseate spoonbills on the move brings a flurry of bright color to the otherwise subdued palette of southwest Louisiana's wildlife refuges.

Solitary Soul

Michael Hanson

Solitary Soul

Bald cypress, one of the most common trees along the southwest Louisiana coast, show up solo or in knee-knocking clusters, like sculptures in the water.

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