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January 19, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (19 January 2020)  On this place where we live and that we call Heartwood, Rocky Branch flows intermittently throughout the year.  In the last few thousand years this stream has carved a flat bottom 200 yards wide in its meandering rambles through the r...

January 11, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (12 January 2020)  Recently I walked across the street from my house and killed a deer on the edge of the D'Arbonne Swamp.  The land there is in the process of producing its third forest in historic times.  One hundred years ago my great grandfather tri...

January 5, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (5 January 2020)   During the Yazoo Pass expedition of the Civil War, Union Admiral Porter wrote that his flagship Cincinnati ran into a six-hundred-yard bed of willows under a full head of steam, “and there she stuck; the willow wythes . . . held her a...

December 29, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (29 January 2019)  On the surface it doesn’t seem possible.  How can we catch all the fish in the seas?  Analogies do exist. 

Bison were once the most numerous single species of large wild mammal on the planet.  They blanketed the Gre...

December 21, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (21 December 2019)   Nothing characterizes a southern swamp more than a giant moss-draped cypress tree standing knee-deep in a backwater slough.  Technically known as baldcypress, these survivors of ancient life forms once found across North America and...

December 15, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (15 December 2019)  Well, the druids thought it peculiar also. As you are traveling around the next few days, scan the tops of the leafless hardwood trees and look for the dark green clumps of mistletoe. Now contemplate just how they came about growing...

December 8, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (8 December 2019)  I have seen the beginning and end of time.  It first appeared on the steep slope of a volcanic crater perhaps a quarter mile distant and flowed toward us in the form of a giant bull elephant.  His gait was such that he moved without m...

November 30, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (30 November 2019) 

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November 17, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (17 November 2019) BARK  In humans and other animals a covering of skin serves various functions including protecting the body within.  In trees and other woody plants bark can be considered analogous to skin.  Like skin, bark is comprised of several la...

October 20, 2019

Bayou-Diversity (20 October 2019)  Not long ago a single beetle less than three-fourths of an inch long caused my computer to crash.  My first thought was that all my valuable data were now in some black hole in another galaxy with family photos, essays, and email arch...

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