by Mike Maher
I’m not even gunna get into what alligators do in the winter. Have you thought about what humans do in New Orleans to tolerate the cold? I may not even get into that. North Face jackets and way too many layers. The bayou changes around the year. The winter isn’t any less beautiful or any more forgetful. I would argue pretty firmly that whatever part of the year you come to visit the wetlands of Louisiana, you will be impacted, alligators or not. I don’t believe seeing an alligator will change your life. But seeing an alligator amidst its typical surroundings may. It is all really about the place. Alligators are here. That is incredible, and it’s only incredible because the ecosystem that fosters them. There is a lot to see. Frankly, coming to the swamps in the winter is a rare opportunity to see somewhere that is abundantly diverse, seemingly boundless and purely beautiful in it’s slightly more dormant stage. It is pensive and leads to a more total perspective of a disappearing place.