I grew up canoeing in the swamps around New Orleans, and they're still one of my favorite places to spend time in. The swamps are a magical place. Being in them feels like going back to the days of the dinosaurs. They're full of life...beautiful and often giant birds, strange fish, snakes of all sorts, turtles, armadillos, countless types of insects, and one of my favorites - gators. They're also full of amazing vegetation, from Cyprus trees to lotus flowers.
There are numerous swamp tour companies around New Orleans, taking tourists through the swamps around the city: Jean Lafitte National Park, Bayou Segnette, Honey Island Swamp, and the Atchafalaya Basin. If you have the chance I highly recommend going on one, but my preference is to go with my wife or by myself, to explore in a small and quiet canoe or kayak. Most of the swamp tour guides I've seen and talked to are both very knowledgeable and entertaining, but the tour boats tend to have 20, 30, or more people on them, and the experience of being in a smaller boat with no one or nearly no one around is unbeatable. Some of the tour companies offer private tours, and I recommend those over the larger group tours. If you have a canoe or kayak and don't mind being right next to the swamp creatures, even better.
I enjoy taking pictures of swamp scenery, plants, and animals, and over time I'll try to add pictures and descriptions of some of my favorite places here, for anyone who may be wondering where to go. For now, here are some of my favorite pictures. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.