John Snell’s Tribute to Coastal Louisiana

Sunrise/Sunsets and a nature lover’s paradise

John Snell’s Tribute to Coastal Louisiana
Sunrise along the Tchefuncte River, Madisonville, Louisiana (Source: John Snell)

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.

Sunrise along the Tchefuncte River, Madisonville
Sunrise along the Tchefuncte River, Madisonville (Source: John Snell)

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.

A great egret shows off his spring plume
A great egret shows off his spring plume (Source: John Snell)
The sun rises in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near Lacombe, LA
The sun rises in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near Lacombe, LA (Source: John Snell)
A fisherman tries his luck in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, New Orleans
A fisherman tries his luck in Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, New Orleans (Source: John Snell)
A brown pelican takes flight
A brown pelican takes flight (Source: John Snell)
A blue heron grabs a lunchtime snack in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
A blue heron grabs a lunchtime snack in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (Source: John , John Snell)
A blue heron, silhouetted against the setting sun in Lake Pontchartrain.
A blue heron, silhouetted against the setting sun in Lake Pontchartrain.
The sun bursts over the horizon along the Tchefuncte River
The sun bursts over the horizon along the Tchefuncte River (Source: John Snell)
Sunrise reflections in Bayou Lacombe
Sunrise reflections in Bayou Lacombe
A brown pelican finds a resting spot in Irish Bayou
A brown pelican finds a resting spot in Irish Bayou (Source: John Snell)
A bald eagle flies over the Algiers area of New Orleans
A bald eagle flies over the Algiers area of New Orleans
The skies light up at sunset behind the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, Madisonville
The skies light up at sunset behind the Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, Madisonville (Source: John Snell)
Sunset along Boy Scout Trail in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Lacombe
Sunset along Boy Scout Trail in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Lacombe (Source: John Snell)
A blue heron strikes a pose
A blue heron strikes a pose (Source: John Snell)
A white tail deer in the late afternoon
A white tail deer in the late afternoon

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