Kayaking on Bayou Deloutre

August 29, 2015 by

lady and man Kayaking on bayou deloutre

By Charles Paxton

Just sharing some pictures taken at Bayou Deloutre (Bayou of the otter) last Saturday (Aug 22). There’s a landing just 7 minutes away from Antioch by car, but a world away in terms of isolation. We only saw one other family all day, some friendly young men fishing from the slipway. They’d caught 5 Bream, one of good size, and a 9″ long Channel Cat ( aka Blue Catfish). I said that’d look good in an aquarium and the fisherman laughed and said it would look pretty good frying in butter too!

Once out on the bayou we were alone among the birds and the beasts.

We met this Raccoon beside the river, his wet legs show he had recently been hunting in the shallows.

We met this Raccoon beside the river, his wet legs show he had recently been hunting in the shallows.

 

Three river turtles and an Anhinga beside tranquil Bayou Deloutre

How many turtles can you see in this picture? The Snakebird is an Anhinga.

There was a sweet breeze running up from the south that cooled us off every now and then.  Kayaking is the best way to explore the bayous, it’s really fun and Deloutre is lovely. It isn’t big and intimidating and there are lots of bird encounters.

It runs down into Louisiana from Arkansas and varies greatly in width and depth along the route. At times it seems no more than a narrow creek, by the time it reaches Stirlington, it has widened and deepened into what feels like a major river.

Trees beside Bayou Deloutre

Delightful Deloutre

 Near Antioch Deloutre is lined with Tupelo trees and Bald Cypress and has an intimate feeling, it’s just the right size for an expedition. About the width of the Thames above Medmenham and with no discernable flow, it is as easy paddling up north or down south. 

The water runs from Arkansas down to connect with the Ouachita River (the upper reaches of which we canoed with my sister and brother-in-law). We had lovely sightings of Kingfishers, Herons, Swamp Turkey (Anhinga), many frogs of various sizes, a water snake and a raccoon!

Kingfisher above, water snake below!

Kingfisher above, water snake below!

Broad-banded Water Snake

Broad-banded Water Snake

We saw turtles, but they dived before we could get to identification distance – canny little critters.

There are so many places that you can access only by kayak, aluminium fishing boats are too wide and have too deep a draft. Motors are too noisy. Kayaks are perfect!

This stretch is negotiable by kayak, if you wriggle your bum back and forwards a bit!

This stretch is negotiable by kayak, if you wriggle your bum back and forwards a bit!

In the shallows you can see tangles of wood and fish moving about.  There seem to be small frogs everywhere and curious hopping insects that visually blend into the sand very well.

A rare view of sandstone and an intriguing burrow.

A rare view of sandstone and an intriguing burrow.

At one stage we saw a sandstone bedding plane exposed in the bank and at another, a striped river prawn approximately 2 inches long.

A river prawn. Possibly an unusual variety of amphidromous  Macrobrachium.

A river prawn. Possibly an unusual variety of amphidromous Macrobrachium. Imagine it hatching as  larva in brackish coastal swamps and swimming about 400 miles upstream to reach this point!

An Anhinga drying off its wings

An Anhinga drying off its wings

If you’re hungry and thirsty afterwards (you very likely will be), stop off at Antioch’s country store on Highway 2, The Bienville Scenic Byway for a very tasty burger.

If you’d like a restaurant meal you can enjoy the full works at the ’50’s Diner across the road. I enjoyed a good cheeseburger there on Texas toast with country fries. The folks are real friendly and there are nostalgic antiques.

Sweet Home Louisiana: Why gardening is tricky Salamander density

August 28, 2015 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is constantly impressed by my beloved brother’s attempts to manage his garden and the way his wildlife thwarts his efforts. He could drench the entire thing in DDT or Agent Orange. Or diesel. Charles has ethics! He’s a green gardener. And hey, really, given the choice between a bunch of carrots or a spade load of salamanders, where would you go? Over to him!

Hello everybody,

I have now dug out quite a large hole at the big Spring, it is about 6ft long, 3 ft wide and 18" deep, I have curtailed my digging towards the Spring in favour of watering because there is a surprisingly high density of salamanders within the next belt of soil. See photo attached. I stopped after digging out 3, there were 2 in one spadeful. They are about 2 " long and very slight. I think they are Dwarf Salamanders Eurycea quadridigitata.

I will now take a large plastic tub down there to serve during the drought.

TheReporterandTheGirlMINUSTheSuperman is at at again! A giveaway – this time lingerie: Wild Wednesday Shopping Spree!

August 27, 2015 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog occasionally gives something away to readers (or claims he does) but TheGirl has a tendency to give away things people actually want – as opposed to last minute Singapore hotel stays. She’s got lingerie in mind at the moment. Read on!

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Its no secret that lingerie and shapewear can help a woman to feel sensual, sexy, and at her best. Thus, this blog giveaway is brought to you by Leonisa. I’m sure you have heard of them, as they are the #1 brand of intimate apparel in 9 countries, and have been designing and producing in the United States for the last 60 years.

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Koevoet! Not how I spelled it!

August 26, 2015 by

For some reason I keep sticking an R in koevoet.

Its a language thing. Covert. That’s what I think when I hear koevoet. Covert in English involves silence, discretion lies, deceit. Koevoet means sledgehammer in Afrikaans. That’s what koevoet was all about.

Cheers from Bangkok! I’ll be doing a book review on “My Friend The Mercenary” tomorrow! This really is a rock and roller!

Hugh

Koevoert by Jim Hooper

August 26, 2015 by

Expensive, accurate, well worth a read if you are interested in bush war and reality. Jim Cooper the author, the Koevoert men his companions. Published by Hellion and Company. GG Books UK.

Thai Days: Spare the journo dweeb!

August 26, 2015 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog is right behind the current Thai government but thinks the arrest of a clearly silly Chinese journalist who was in possession of a bullet proof vest (marked PRESS) and a helmet in his hand luggage at the Intl airport might be a bit heavy handed. Not quite as heavy as his hand luggage. Why did he pack that stuff in carry on?

The man’s a fool!

Let him go home with his helmet and bullet proof vest. They may technically be classed as weapons but he didn’t need them anyway, and I’ve never seen anybody attack anybody with a bullet-proof vest although I have seen protestors using helmets in non-defensive ways .

Thai police, you know who the bad guys are, what they look like. This fellow? He’s a minnow. Catch the sharks! Let him off the hook before he becomes famous for writing a book all about it.

Cheers from Bangkok!

Hugh

Tea time! Butter tea time! In Mongolia. Paxton Images photo from Altai

August 26, 2015 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog would like you to (visually) share a cup of butter tea in a gear.

Pretty repulsive if you are an Earl Grey fan. Oily! Fattening! But if you like tea that tastes unlike anything served at Downton Abbey it is rather good!

And, while you are enjoying your (visual) cuppa, check out the view!

It’s the Altai range viewed from the Mongolian side. Snaps by my beloved wife! The eagle is tame. Captured to hunt wolves and then released to breed and provide more eagles. The (visual and thankfully inaudible) music is provided by a Kazakh unused to fame and glory and cameras. The horseman? I’m not sure what he’s up to.

Anyway, let’s assume he has the best of motives and enjoy your tea break!

Cheers!

Hugh

Building in Namibia

August 25, 2015 by

Me stooping and scratching my balls with Namibia’s finest team of builders!

I think there’s something wrong with the camera! We seem to have become…rather small!

The house looks perfect! Trust me! It does!

Hugh

Nauseating selfies of my daughter and our obnoxious dog

August 23, 2015 by

A Namibia Nature Estate Treasure Map: Herboth’s Blick size and section map

August 22, 2015 by

Hugh Paxton’s Blog offers anybody interested in acquiring a highly desirable nature estate property (with giraffes) in Namibia this treasure map. Intrigued? Follow the clues. Simply bemused? Fear not! More details to follow!

Hugh


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