From I-12 at the Abita Springs/Mandeville Exit (Exit 65, the first exit east of Hwy. 190, Causeway Blvd.) go north on LA Hwy 59 about 5 miles until you get to the town of Abita Springs. At the traffic circle, take the Level St. exit (1/2 around the circle) which will curve left and turn into La. Hwy 435. The Abita preserve is approximately 4.5 miles from the traffic circle. It is just past 2 closely-spaced bridges. You will see signs on the right with golf names, like Par, Birdie, and Eagle. The entrance to the preserve is on the left across from Green Street. If you get to the Abita Springs Golf and Country Club entrance, you have gone too far.
A variety of native grasses come together to create a scene full of texture, color and interest. Here it was the burst of light colored grasses that initially drew my eye. I liked the oblong shape of them in the midst of all of the surrounding verticle lines. The blurry, foreground flowerheads added much needed texture without being distracting.