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Photo Essay: Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail

Southwest Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail, known as “Louisiana’s outback,” consists of 180 miles of wetlands, beaches, and more that are ripe for boating, fishing, crabbing, hunting and wildlife and bird watching. I photographed the sereneĀ area of the Trail near Lake Charles.

A dragonfly rests atop an alligator on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

A dragonfly rests atop an alligator on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

A heron takes flight over a portion of the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

A heron takes flight over a portion of the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

A banana spider suns on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

A banana spider suns on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

A moorhen swims in a swamp on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

A moorhen swims in a swamp on the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

An alligator cools off in the hot Louisiana sun along the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

An alligator cools off in the hot Louisiana sun along the Creole Nature Trail. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

The beaches along the Creole Nature Trail are known for great shelling opportunities. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

The beaches along the Creole Nature Trail are known for great shelling opportunities. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

Much of the Creole Nature Trail is quiet and peaceful. Photo by Melanie Votaw.

Much of the Creole Nature Trail is quiet and peaceful, but watch out for gators! Photo by Melanie Votaw.

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