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Old 04-23-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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Bayou Country Day Trips

Most of my riding consists of local day trips with an occasional multi-state ride. Thought I'd follow the lead of some others and just create a single thread to update, since much of the time I only take one or two photos or none at all.

Here are a few scenes from recent rides around my home. The photos are mostly the result of trying to familiarize myself with a new camera.

City Hall building in Morgan City


The Odeco Mr. Charlie. One of the first mobile submersible drilling rigs. This thing was state of the art in 1954. Could drill in up to 40 feet of water (for comparison, I worked on a production platform with a rig that operated in 2940 feet of water). It went on to work for 30 or so years. Now a museum and training facility.


The Southwest Reef Lighthouse. This was originally located about 30 miles to the south. Built in the late 1850's, it was due to be scrapped when the town of Berwick acquired it to display on the waterfront.


Berwick flood wall


Shrimp boats docked in Morgan City


Behind the windscreen of the FJR


Couple of sunset photos from a few days ago. This is Lake Palourde.




And a sunrise. Taken from my driveway before heading out on a ride.


Naturally, had to try out the macro function




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more to follow
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Old 04-23-2011, 11:36 AM   #2
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Nice pictures. Are you using any processing? Love that sunrise shot. I roam the other side of the Basin to Texas. Thinking about doing an on going report on that.
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Old 04-23-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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Nice pictures. Are you using any processing? Love that sunrise shot. I roam the other side of the Basin to Texas. Thinking about doing an on going report on that.
I sometimes adjust exposures in Microsoft Digital Image Suite, rarely mess with color or contrast. Also, all the photos are taken as jpg. Never use raw.

I enjoy sharing these photos, so this, plus the quality of other photos I see on here, has given me some motivation to try to improve my picture taking.

And please do that report. I'd like to see more from this area.
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:51 PM   #4
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Man, your post is making me miss my home. I grew up in Milton - near Lafayette. Now I'm in the MidAtlantic states. My uncle lives on a canal off Lake Palourde in MC. He is a dentist there in town. I have yet to ride a moto around my home state as I acquired my 1st road moto when I moved here. Keep the pics coming, please.

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Old 04-25-2011, 07:08 PM   #5
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Swamps, bayous & cane fields

This is a route I ride frequently. Basically in my back yard, it has a bunch of sweeping turns and a few tight ones. About as curvy as it gets around here. Around 60 miles in all.

Start at junction of hwy 662 and 398

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Had to stop at a neighbor's house on the way. This is his drive way.



Next, head northeast on 398 toward Labadieville.

A scene along 398


Turn left onto state route 1010


Next turn left onto 400, which has some nice sweepers


And a few tight turns



400 intersects 401, also known as Canal Road. Below are a few scenes from Canal Road

The Lake View Inn. I sometimes stop in for a beer. I've had and overheard some amusing conversations here.


A camp among the cypress trees


A group of people enjoying a day on the boat


Old storage building along 401


Not an uncommon scene along these rural highways


Continue toward Napoleonville then left onto 402

Remnant of an old sugar mill on 402


Same sugar mill in 2004


It's been extremely dry for this part of the country. That's dust being kicked up.


This guy chased me until I stopped to take his picture. Then he wasn't sure what to do.



Continue on 402 until it runs into 403. 402 will turn left and become gravel at this point. 403 continues to hwy 1. Turn right onto hwy 1 (or 308. They run parallel to each other on opposite sides of Bayou Lafourche.)

This place makes the best malts and shakes around


A typical single family dwelling in this area ...well maybe not. This is Madewood Plantation home.


Bayou Lafourche looking north


Lulu's Flea Market. Those American Picker guys could probably find something here


St. Philomena Catholic Church


And the cemetery behind it. These accompany many of the catholic churches in these small towns.


From Labadieville it's back down 398 to the starting point

That's it 'til next time...





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Old 04-26-2011, 12:59 AM   #6
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Great Pictures. Is the Rig 7 still in Napoleonville? Interesting story about that place back in the early 80's when I was working for Fred Wilson Drilling Co.
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Old 04-26-2011, 02:47 AM   #7
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Hey, Daryl
great thread
wonderful pictures and the descriptions behind them as well
thanks for sharing
can't wait to see and read more

here is my favorite, so far, because you really couldn't see anything like this, anywhere else
well done:

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Old 04-26-2011, 05:39 AM   #8
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Great Pictures. Is the Rig 7 still in Napoleonville? Interesting story about that place back in the early 80's when I was working for Fred Wilson Drilling Co.
It must not be. I've never seen it, but I mostly just ride through Napoleonville without ever stopping (except for ice cream at the Dairy Inn)
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I forgot to mention it was a bar. LOL. He later opened another one called the Rig 14 in Pierre Part. The names came from him being the pusher on Fred Wilson Rig 7 in the 70's and 80's.
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Hey, Daryl
great thread
wonderful pictures and the descriptions behind them as well
thanks for sharing
can't wait to see and read more

here is my favorite, so far, because you really couldn't see anything like this, anywhere else
well done:

Hey Daryl...I'll second Clearwater's sentiment:


FANTASTIC pic!
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:04 AM   #11
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One of those shots that make you to WOW when you load it up on the computer and actually see it in it's context. Great job!
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That's one of those that would be great in B&W....
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:12 AM   #14
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Alligators and Bald Eagles are a very common sight around here

Not your typical speed bump


Taken at Grassy Lake 4/22/11. My camera is a Nikon P7000, no big telephoto lenses. It let us get within a few yard before flying.
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Great stuff! Thanks.
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