While we were boating around the Atchafalaya, we were lucky enough to have local expert and swamp lover Gene at the helm. I posted a couple images of that vast, ancient swamp a few weeks ago here. Before we hit the water, we joined up with Gene at his home. The Atchafalaya was amazing, but the unexpected treasure was Gene’s home and workshop. Turns out Gene is an artist. He makes birdhouses out of found treasures and carves cypress. Tall oak trees tower overhead and cypress knees, some quite large, bubble up from the ground, framing each of the workshops – and there are several!! Vintage signs hang everywhere. As we poked around his work spaces, I had the distinct feeling that I could hang around all afternoon and still find something new and interesting in another corner. It was a rich place to be. Thank you for sharing with us Gene!
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Although I think of the above as my portrait of Gene, I think he is truly as much at home on the swamp as he is here. So I feel I should also show him in his native waters for his portrait to be complete. . .