Questions to Ask Your Swamp Tour Guide

November 26, 2013

Are you ready to take your family on an adventurous Louisiana swamp tour? It will be one of the best memories you ever make on a vacation to Louisiana. You will see all sorts of exciting things and get the chance for some awesome pictures. Your tour guide is one of your best resources. The guides are Louisiana natives who grew up hunting and fishing around the swamps. They know and love the environment as well as anybody around. Get to know your tour guide and be sure to ask these questions to make your experience even more rewarding.

When is the best time?

If you can, ask the tour guide before you book your tour when the best time is to go. All times of the year are great, so if you already have your trip planned for summer or fall, then do not worry. However, the best time of day may change depending on the time of year. For example, you may face chilly weather in winter and spring, so asking your tour guide up front can help you be prepared.

What size boat should I choose?

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Swamp boats range in size. They can hold anywhere from 6-27 people. The size may depend on your personal preference, such as if you want an entire boat reserved for a family or group of friends. If you want to save money by going in a larger group, then you may want the large boat with hotel pick-up. If you have questions about price, call your tour guide.

What do you call that?

You may see lots of exotic animal- and plant-life on your tour. Do not be shy to ask what it is you are seeing! Is it a crocodile or an alligator? Remember, your tour guides are natives of the area and they have seen all kinds of animals and plants in their time. They can tell you the names of birds, reptiles, trees, and much more.

Can I hold an alligator?

Your swamp tour may be the only place and time you ever get to hold a gator in your own two hands. Now is not the time to pass up the opportunity. Your tour guide can help you hold a small, baby alligator so it is completely safe. Make sure you get pictures!

What if the weather is bad?

Occasionally, unexpected rain can strike on the day your tour is scheduled. Make sure you prepare for this situation. Ask your tour guide if you can reschedule, get reimbursed, or if the weather is mild enough to go out on the water.

Finally, remember to tip your Louisiana swamp tour guide for answering your questions and showing you a great time.

Bring Your Camera on a Swamp Tour

November 16, 2013

Wondering whether to grab your camera for your Louisiana swamp tour? Grab your camera and keep it handy because the southern Louisiana swamps are one of the best places to capture fantastic pictures. If you are an aspiring photographer, an experienced photographer, or something in between, you will love the many photo opportunities that come your way in your tour. Here are some tips to help you capture great quality, memorable images.

A Photographer’s Favorite Lighting

If you have any experience at all behind a camera, then you understand that lighting is everything. Most photographers agree that dawn’s light or just before sunset are the perfect time for beautifully lit pictures. You can find the same great lighting in the swamp, especially if you choose one of the earlier morning times for your tour, like 9:45 a.m., or 6 p.m. for evening light. At these times of the day, the light brings out the vibrant colors of the swamp, the water, the wildlife, and the plants. You can take home some beautiful shots of the river or the greenery to hang on your walls at home.

Impress Your Family

Are you excited to show your adventure to other family members or friends? Nothing says “wow” quite like a picture of a baby alligator in your own hands. Yes, that is right. You can get the chance to take numerous pictures of alligators lounging in the water, stalking the banks, or capture a shot of you or one of your companions holding a baby alligator. It is safe and the guide will help you, but that does not make the picture any less impressive when you display it in your house or put it on your next Christmas card.
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Remember the Wildlife

In addition to beautiful scenery in the swamp, southern Louisiana is known for its various wildlife. You can capture exotic creatures on camera in addition to alligators, like snakes, turtles, herons, hawks, bald eagles, deer, and much more. Use a “landscape” setting on your camera to get a frame-worthy photo of one of these wild creatures in its natural habitat.

Keep It Safe

Finally, remember to keep your camera safe while on the swamp tour. It helps to have a lanyard or some other attachment to hold the camera around your neck where you are not likely to drop it into the water. This will also keep your camera handy for spontaneous moments you need to capture quickly. Bring a protective case or cover in case of humid or wet weather to protect your lens from damage.