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Barataria Preserve Bayou Coquille and Marsh Overlook Trails
Jean Lafitte National Park, south of New Orleans, Louisiana


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Palmettos at Barataria Preserve

Palmettos at Barataria Preserve

One of the nature trails at Barataria is the Palmetto Trail, featuring these short palms with huge leaves.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 11, 2015
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Natural levee trail at Barataria Preserve

Natural levee trail at Barataria Preserve

The natural levees along Bayou Coquille provide a slightly drier environment where species such as oaks and pines can thrive.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 11, 2015
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Monarch of the Swamp

Monarch of the Swamp

Although the Barataria Preserve was logged of commercial timber, this one mature bald cypress tree was spared for unknown reasons.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 11, 2015
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Canal through the swamp at Barataria

Canal through the swamp at Barataria

The Barataria swamp was cut up with shallow canals when it was logged of its old-growth cypress, then again by deeper canals for oil exploration. Many of these have been backfilled and restored.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 11, 2015
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Kenta Canal at Barataria

Kenta Canal at Barataria

The man-made Kenta Canal runs right through the Barataria Preserve. It is gradually being filled by floating vegetation and mats of organic material.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 11, 2015
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Marsh overlook at the Barataria Preserve

Marsh overlook at the Barataria Preserve

This nature trail ends at the marsh overlook platform. The distinction between a swamp and a marsh is the presence or absence of trees. A very small difference in elevation can make a huge different in vegetation.

Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, Louisiana

Date photographed: November 11, 2015
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