NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -South Louisiana can be under appreciated for its natural beauty. A land of brilliant sunrises and sunsets, reflected in its many bayous and bays. When the first Europeans arrived, they described flocks of birds that would practically darken the skies.
A century ago, poachers devastated populations of egrets, spoonbills and many other species in the name of fashion.
Elaborately adorned hats made the price of feathers worth more than they weight in gold. While many of those bird populations have recovered, Louisiana’s coast faces other challenges.
Disconnected from Mississippi River, subjected to salt water intrusion and other forces, the coast loses about a football field of land every 90 minutes, according to the latest estimate from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Nevertheless, Louisiana’s 7,700 linear miles of coast remain a paradise for fishermen, hikers, kayakers and other outdoor lovers. Here is a photographic tribute to this special land.