They have a nice building and I wished I could have gone in to see the exhibits.
The map was just a map and really didn't explain much of the area at all. The refuge is around an oxbow lake called Lake Caroline. It does get to the Red River but we never got all the way over to the red river.
We didn't know what to expect and were pleased with all the birds and butterflies we saw. The trouble was they were very hard to take pictures of. So mostly we just enjoyed walking the trails and taking pictures of the flora that was present. This area had a lot of turtles but they all went into the water when they heard us getting near.
I just really liked these yellow flowers but they've had me stumped as to what they could be. I thought of buttercup but they aren't rounded as a buttercup, but looking up buttercup they suggested Marsh Marigold - but that only has 5 pedals so I didn't think it would be that. There is also sagebrush buttercup but the leaves don't work. They may be related to St John's Wort but again the number of pedals is wrong. So now I just guess I have to keep on looking to try to figure it out.
Another bush in bloom but I wasn't to sure what it was. Its most likely Queen Ann's Lace but I'm not sure.
|Lake Caroline, Red River National Wildlife Refuge|
They were still pretty to see and the butterflies loved them. We watched all sorts of butterflies flying about but really couldn't get a picture of them.
|A field of Bull Thistles|
|Lake Caroline, Red River Natural Wildlife Refuge|
And I did get this one picture of a butterfly.
Most of the time we were walking in the sun but there were sometimes when we would get into a forested area like this one. It was such an oasis from the sun. It was on top of an old levee and just had a totally different feel to it from the rest of the area. It was so peaceful and beautiful - it gave you a feeling like you were in a natural cathedral. This picture just does not do it justice.
|Path along the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Bossier City.|
Now that I have the map I look forward to visiting it again