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I love the heavy, intense greenery lasting nearly the entire year. And the backwoods Louisiana Bayou atmosphere of this area. Sometimes mysterious; other times just simply beautiful with the sun filtering through the many species of trees. That, and with one outstanding feature...the sounds of silence!!!! At times, I find myself thinking of Tia in Pirates of the Caribbean [at world's end] with all her magic....the sea goddess, Calypso. It's Paradise. Guess that's why we Texans call it Paradise Ponds........

[blog title today is quote from POTC At World's End]

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IS 235 years old!!
happy birthday Marines!


  1. What a beautiful place!
    Happy Birthday Marines!

  2. Hi Anni! I am now following you thanks to Follow Me Back Tuesday, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
    Today is the first day of our Show Yo' Flow Campaign, so stop by to see the interview with Tiffany and maybe snag one of the awesome prizes she has for our readers! Happy Wednesday!

  3. Oh, I love that turtle. I could be on that bridge watching, too. Reminds me of an area of New Jersey called the Pine Barrens - similar lovely woody, wet scenes.

  4. I love turtles and that is a great shot!


    Water seekers cannot get
    Too much moisture, too much wet;
    Though they seek both far and wide,
    They will not be satisfied
    Till their eyes behold a place
    Filled with water, every space;
    Lovely stuff, that H2O—
    Water, water let it flow!

    © 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Watery Wednesday Songs

  6. Looks like a great place to take in nature. Love the turtle

  7. The place deserves its name. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  8. Morning Anni what beautiful pictures and reflections!!! I know you and Bud are tickled pink to be out and about again,
    Hugs and Happy Birthday to the Marines and God Bless all of our service men and women.
    Madi and Mom

  9. Good Morning Annie Sweetie...
    My Deear Husband is Veteran and he was in the Marines. He just told me on the way to park n ride this morning that today was the Marine Corps birthday and wanted a salute in it's honor. I love it that you mentioned it today. I will have to tell him.

    Thank you so much for taking me on this glorious stroll this morning. Oh my what a beautiful pond. I love all the trees and the calmness and serene that I see in each photo. It is a place for reflection of one's self. A beautiful place indeed. I Love the little turtle that you caught as his peacefully passed by.

    Annie my favorite photo is the sunlight you caught as it tried to catch a glimpse of this beauty as well. Oh thank you so much for sharing with me. I have so enjoyed my visit today. I love taking these strolls with you and Bud.

    Have a beautiful weekend. Moma is coming on Monday. She hasn't been out here for 9 years. I will have her for one glorious week, so I may not be posting as faithfully.

    Many hugs and SO much love, Sherry

  10. What beautiful photos. I really do like the one with the sun shining through.
    Yes, happy birthday to the Marines. I did not know they were that old.
    Have a great day.

  11. Anonymous11/10/2010

    Great shots, Anni!

  12. Lovely spot - I too love lush places like that.

  13. Anonymous11/10/2010

    a photographer's and photoblogger's paradise.

    it's so lush. is this current image?

  14. I often forget about the many gems of nature scattered around Texas. Having once driven across it to get to Florida my primary vision remains one of unrelenting monotony.

  15. Happy birthday US Marine Corp!

  16. Great shots! I love the turtle and reflected light, and can indeed sense the silence...something there is not enough of in the world.

    Thanks for stopping by my place...:)

  17. Thanks so much for coming over today with your encouragement - I hope to be back soon!

  18. Looks like a wonderful place to explore & visit often! Paradise sounds good to me! thanks so much for stopping, playing along & linking up! I enjoyed my stop here as well!
    Faythe from GMT~

  19. I've never been to LA but its a place I'd really like to go

  20. Great shots, Anni. Reminds me of my nursing school days and visits to my friends in New Iberia and Lafayette, LA and our treks in bayou country. Is that a snapping turtle, I wonder? I'm sure you didn't get close enough to find out!

  21. Those were gorgeous photo's. Happy Outdoor Wednesday. Happy birthday to the Marine Corps.

  22. love the photos, looks very peaceful. happy birthday, marines. i think the scarecrow pinched my butt. take care rose

  23. lush and beautiful. that's a cute turtle swimming.:p

    thank you for visiting my watery post. have a great day!

  24. What a cute little turtle! Lovely shades of green along with the calm waters. Thanks for stopping by Anni. Enjoy the weekend.

  25. I would love to stay somewhere that stays green, our winters are very dry no rain for about 4 months so everything dies off

  26. Adorable turtle - beautiful nature.

    Go Marines!