No Fishing, Snowy Egret - click to enlarge

No Fishing, Snowy Egret, A Little History Too

No fishing here. That’s a good idea, and not sure the sign is necessary. What you can’t see is the yellow sign. It’s an Alligator warning.  And without even looking I am sure one was almost directly below, in the water, under the Egret. They love that spot

No Fishing, Snowy Egret - click to enlarge
No Fishing, Snowy Egret – click to enlarge

You could be tempted to fish though if you look at the open water. There is a splash, and a fish jumping in midair.

No Fishing, Snowy Egret - click to enlarge
No Fishing, Snowy Egret – click to enlarge

This area is an old plantation rice field, now in a wildlife management area. The wooden structure is a ‘trunk’, or water gate. Lift the boards up and water flows between the fields. These trucks, and the method, have been used here for hundreds of years. Nothing is simpler or works better.

The original design is West African. In the 1600s West Africans were enslaved and brought to this area because they knew how to grow rice. I never considered rice as being an important staple in early Europe. It was. This land was given to planters in Barbados by the King Of England to raise sugar cane and rice. Cane didn’t do so well, though plenty now grows wild here.

Rice loved it here. There are old rice fields, and marshes, as far as you can see around. Miles of them now filled with wildlife.

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