I visited an oxbow bayou thingie of the Pearl River today. The Pearl runs all the way to the Gulf of Mexico from a little north of where I am staying. In the more remote parts of the river alligators are plentiful. Here, there are none. We did see snakes and turtles galore.
The cypress trees are amazing!! They have knees. I tripped over one and landed on another. Ouch! But, really, they are very cool.