Davis Bayou, A Delicate Balance

Dusk at Davis Bayou ©Lynne Buchanan
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Davis Bayou Vegetation ©Lynne Buchanan

Ominous View from Gulf Islands National Seashore ©Lynne Buchanan

Three nights ago, I camped at Davis Bayou in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.  Walking along the boardwalk over the bayou was so peaceful as the day came to an end.  The water was still and and the varied subtle colors and textures of the grasses and vegetation were intriguing.  The pace of my existence slowed down and I was content to just take in the sights and smells and be with nature in this little haven away from it all.  As the sun set, it grew darker in the bayou and I made my way to the last light by the coast near the visitor center.  I climbed up onto a picnic table and photographed the view.  Standing on the Gulf Islands National Seashore looking out to one of the stilt town's that has grown up around the oil rigs was a little disturbing.  On the one hand, the twinkling lights proved to be a nice element in the background.  Yet, at the same time, it is the oil industry and dirty energy that is threatening our coastlines through accidental spills and rising waters caused by climate change.  The bayous along the Gulf Coast are such gems and deserve being protected.  I was very grateful to be able to enjoy that evening and hope they are not lost, so that others might be able to enjoy them too and experience the profound peace they bring to one's soul...