Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Audubon Park

We took a very short vacation to New Orleans Sunday-Monday for Jazz Fest (awesome). We planned to go to the botanical gardens before leaving on Monday, but it's closed on Mondays! So, we took a walk through Audubon Park instead. From a distance, we saw this tree dotted with white:
On closer inspection, it was FULL of nesting white herons (egrets?)! Can you spot the mother feeding her baby in the middle of this picture?
The young ones were playing and practicing flying. They were too cute.
Though the park is known for its trees, it boasts some beautiful plants and flowers, too (click to enlarge):
Here are some of the amazing live oaks, as well as one of many newly-planted weeping willows, and some crepe myrtles laced with Spanish moss (click to enlarge):
It was so peaceful there! We love New Orleans and hope to move there someday (hopefully soon). We'll definitely be regulars at the park!

11 comments:

Heather said...

Hi Ginger- What a great picture. I can't believe you captured the mother feeding the baby. That is very cool. I would someday love to visit New Orleans, or anywhere with cool gardens. I am not too picky. It looks like you had fun and now you just have to go back to visit the botanical garden. Good excuse for another trip.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It's beautiful there. I love the heron pictures, how neat that you caught the mother feeding it's baby! I've always wanted to go to New Orleans, I bet you had a great time.

Susie said...

This looks like a great park. I've never been to the park before but after seeing these pics I would love to go.

Janet said...

HI Ginger, Love the egrets in the trees!! How cool. Looks like a beautiful place to see.

Dirt Princess said...

I love that zoo....the aquarium is high on my list as well! There is nothing I love more than spanish moss covering an oak tree...I don't know what it is about it.

Ginger said...

Heather: You have such a positive attitude - I love it! Why be disappointed because things don't go perfectly when you can just be excited about taking another trip?!

Catherine: It's a fun place, full of culture and all different kinds of people. We love it there!

Susie: The park is HUGE and has a big track. You could run there!

Janet: There were so many, it was unbelievable! They are obviously very social birds!

Dirt Princess: I love the zoo, too. We went there last spring! I also love Spanish moss, but I had never seen it on crepe myrtles!! I'm not sure they are quite as resilient as the giant oaks so someone maybe should remove it!

Cindy/Mom said...

Hi,Ginger --- New Orleans --- hopefully soon ???? Really??

Ginger said...

Maybe mid to late 2010!

Seasonal Wisdom said...

Interesting post. I had heard of this garden before, but never seen pictures. By the way, what a great photo of the bird feeding her baby...

Ginger said...

Thanks! Everything is so lush in New Orleans in the spring. It's amazing how much more so than where I live, just three hours north!

ldybug said...

I would have thought that was Orlando if you didn't tell me otherwise. Beautiful!