Tuesday, March 29, 2011

field trip to the swamp

I was a chaperone for the 7th grade field trip to the Barataria Preserve and the Chalmette Battlefield near New Orleans.

First we walked through a swamp where we saw a few alligators.  The alligators weren’t too big.IMG_3437w
They were much smaller than the alligator we saw at the zoo last month.IMG_2603w
But then again, there was a fence at the zoo.  There was nothing between us and these gators and we were only a few yards from some of them.  They didn’t care about us though.  They just wanted to relax in the water and sun themselves.IMG_3448w
The scenery was beautiful in the swamp.  I definitely want to go back when I can spend more time taking lots of pics.IMG_3530w
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After our hike through the swamp we took a ride on a riverboat down the Mississippi to the Chalmette Battlefield and back.IMG_3603w
This is where the Battle of New Orleans took place in 1815.  It was the last battle of the War of 1812.IMG_3726w
We had beautiful views from our riverboat cruise of Jackson Square.IMG_3585w
It was a wonderful trip.  I think the kids learned a lot and had lots of fun.  And I did too!
       
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21 comments:

  1. Great photos! A great lesson in history!

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  2. We were in Jackson Square (on land) last year :) Great memories!

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  3. Great shots Deb! You should definitely get back there just to make some images, there's such rich subject matter in an environment like that!

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  4. Nothing like being a chaperone, is there? Great shots!

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  5. Great shots, but I drawn the line at alligators! Yikes!

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  6. Oh goodness, I'm terrified just looking at these photos of the alligators! Excellent shots though! :)

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  7. What great photos, Deb! The park reminds me of a nature preserve my grandchildren and I enjoyed last year. BUT no alligators there. My grandkids would have LOVED your field trip even more! And isn't it fun that we do, indeed, keep learning - right along with our kids and grandkids. :) Happy Sweet Shot Tuesday.

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  8. Great shots Deb! Looks like you all had a great time that day.

    You captured those memories so beautifully♥

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  9. What a perfect field trip...a little bit of everything. And I love that last shot! that church looks like a little piece of history.

    =)

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  10. beautiful shots! lovely greetings

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  11. Wow, yikes! Any size gator is (too) big :)
    Nice "photojournalistic" shots. Thanks for sharing. (here via SST)

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  12. What a great field trip! Too far to take my kids, though. Lovely photos!

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  13. That looks like a fantastic adventure. Swamps are so underrated... I think people think they are gross and icky... when they are really very beautiful.

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  14. Holy Smokes! I don't think I would have been brave enough to get that close! Great captures!

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  15. I don't know about walking on little wooden planks where there are gators.......

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  16. Looks like you had a great time! I live in FL, but I don't really like the unplanned gator encounters. :) I'm okay with looking at them behind a fence, too! Great pics!

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  17. What a fun field trip! I love, love those trees with the hangy moss - so pretty!!

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  18. Neat...looks like all had fun and you saw some neat things. Thanks for stopping by the blog and leaving a comment.

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