During the winter months, the prevailing winds cut across the Atchafalaya Basin from the north. Sometimes these winds can be pretty chilly following a strong cold front, and other times they can just be incredibly strong. The winter winds differ from the southerly winds that come out of the Gulf of Mexico during the summertime, which are generally much calmer.
The other day we noticed a large stick pointing out of the water floating towards the shore near our swamp tour boats and airboats. It reminded us of “Nessie” the Loch Ness monster. Luckily for us, it wasn’t a swamp monster at all. It was an incredibly large old cypress trunk that had washed itself up against the shallow waters! Imagine the strength of the wind and waves to make this old tree move through the swamp.