Bayou Bound and traipsing through Texas Hill Country, 2008 travel blog

Water dominates life here

Residence among the rice fields

White-top crayfish traps & waterbirds

Crayfish pond

Flocks of water birds

Rice field

Cajun home

Harvesting crayfish

Still in Cajun country we continued north through the steamy realm of rich bayous, wind-rippled crayfish ponds and sun-warmed grasses.

Many farmers breed crayfish in rotation with their rice crop. A rice pond needs to be stocked with crayfish only once. After the rice harvest the crayfish feed on the rice stubble. With a lifespan of 18 months and being prolific breeders, they are an easy source of additional income for these farmers.

Seafood is abundant in Southern Lousiana's wetlands and the Cajun lives and their cuisine reflects this. It's a case of water, water, everywhere.... and rich waters at that.

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