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Old 11-09-2012, 02:55 PM   #1
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We parked and entered through their Nature Center, Nature Center Tickfaw State Park in Springfield, La. Nice structure…. nice exhibits… nice folk working there. I dunno what hava thought but… I wasn’t overly impressed with the interpretive boardwalk behind it. It wasn’t loaded with invasives or anything unless you count exotic lizards but…. it was kinda dirty. The vegetation was covered in a light layer of what looked like plaster dust and the water was murky and coated with what looked like oil. Their facilities were maintained well though.
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These shrooms caught my attention. I played a little since the light was low and took 2 photos…. 1 in natural light and 1 with flash.
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Tickfaw State Park, Springfield, Louisiana
A little blurb on Tickfaw, Tickfaw State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks, “Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River.

Periodically the park site serves the region by detaining floodwaters when winter and spring rains overflow the steep banks of the Tickfaw River. These periods of occasional flooding offer a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of periodic flooding in the cycle of life that makes wetlands an invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries.

Check posted program schedules for guided hikes on the boardwalks, or you may prefer the more relaxed approach offered during a nature program presentation at one of the three education pavilions and an outdoor amphitheater at the nature center. You can also join a nighttime program, go night hiking or listen to the swamp nightlife from the porch of your vacation cabin.”
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Tickfaw has quite a few trails. Not all looked like the trail behind the Nature Center. Their Gum Cypress Swamp Trail was actually really nice and…. it woulda probably been a lot nicer if we had been able to visit during peak migration. Here’s a little blurb on the trails at Tickfaw, Trails in the Tickfaw State Park, Louisiana.
Here’s some better photos than what I took, Photo 545-05: Tickfaw State Park, swamp boardwalk of Gum...Trail at rain. Springfield, Louisiana
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I don’t recall seeing pink lichen anytime I’ve been down south before. It sorta surprised me in a nice way.
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The scat was fun “stumbling” on. Not exactly the average person’s Kodak moment but… I always get a kick out of trying to figure out what left what!!! The hole didn’t have anything in it…. I looked…. I can’t resist holes!!!
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Now these cypress stumps were interesting. I remember standing there with a smirk on my face thinking, “Feed me Seymour”. The 2nd photo I looked at like I look at clouds. The tree knees on the left made me think of a man with plumber’s butt leaning over in water cooling off by dunking his whole face and the tree knees on the right reminded me of a woman floating on her back with her left leg extended. Tree knees are fun.
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Toward the end of that trail there was a pavilion. Slightly beyond the pavilion they had an open air education center. I took photos of what interested me…. the “soggy” parts.
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After parking in the shade (with a new parakeet now added to the menagerie in tow), we entered.
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An aquarium held a few of its locals.
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A very nice interactive display.
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Small gator mount
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Owl mount.
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One of the live exotics. Notice the darker regenerated tail.
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I dunno what hava thought but… I wasn’t overly impressed with the interpretive boardwalk behind it. It wasn’t loaded with invasives or anything unless you count exotic lizards but…. it was kinda dirty. The vegetation was covered in a light layer of what looked like plaster dust and the water was murky and coated with what looked like oil. Their facilities were maintained well though.
That's exactly what I thought of it..
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Reason why I was taking more photos of what was overhead
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alongside
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and beneath me rather than the
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yucky dusty oily stagnant slick.

My rating....Thumbs down.
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