One of the McIlhenny’s (Tabasco family) was a conservationist who
transformed part of the island into a Jungle Garden. It is home to
once almost extinct. but now thriving egrets, alligators are in the bayous
alongside the trails, and one small snake scurried out of my way alongside
some blazing azaleas. A few squirrels and turtles resting below the
egret nests were the only other wildlife we saw. We weren't saddened
by missing the bobcats and a litany of other wildlife purportedly present
here. Some other visitors were kind enough to point out the alligator
trails in the swampy water to me so I could see where they had been.
We saw a few sleeping in the slime of the bayous, but we had been warned
not to approach them, so we heeded the warning!
A forest of live oaks draped with Spanish Moss was stunning; each
vista more spectacular than the previous one. I couldn't help but
think of the Elizabeth Taylor/Montgomery Clift movie, Raintree County.
It could have been filmed here. Took lots of photos again.