|Do you know what this is?|
One of the things I discovered this trip at Bay Hide Away on my walks is the photo at the left. All along on what will become lawn space in spring these mounds abound. Right now the area is swampy from the rains.
Some of these mounds appear in village like clusters.
At the Slidell, LA Mardi Gras and Confederate Museum we learned from the tour guide, that early settlers to the area sliced from these mounds, baked them and used the baked clay donuts to make some of the first stove burners.
Our museum tour guide who is involved in Civil War re-enactments said that he knew there were tunnels connecting these clusters of clay condos and as a boy would ignite one, close off the top and then see the smoke arise from other mounds that were connected by the tunnels. Maybe you are familiar with these, I was not. They are craw dad homes. Curiosity encouraged me to poke one to investigate but first I asked lest these be some type of wasp nest and I would regret their ire.
|This one was abandoned, closed over |