The tall cypresses in the photos below provide good views out to long distances over the surrounding trees. This movie shows the observation position in Tree 6, where
the 2008 video was obtained.
This movie shows what the view is like above the trees around Tree 11. This movie shows several birds flying above the treetops in the distance. It’s exciting to see birds fly past at shorter ranges, such as
these ibises and
this wood stork. A curious bird might
come right over and check you out.
This movie explains the use of the climbing gear in the first photo below. The climbing harness (on the left) has two ascenders that slide in only one direction along the rope. The work is done with the legs using the foot straps that are attached to the lower ascender (blue). The climbing rope (center) is pulled into position using the rigging line (not shown), which is left in place when the tree is not in use. When the rope is pulled upward, the rigging line is fed into the cube (on the right) to prevent tangling. After getting to the top, the climber may use the grillon (red object to the right) to attach to the tree. The following videos were obtained while observing from and climbing the trees.
Rigging Tree 6 (June 3, 2007)
Tree 5 (March 24, 2008)
Climbing Tree 8 (March 29, 2010)
Climbing Tree 6 (March 30, 2010)
Tree 11 (June 17, 2013)
Tree 9 (February 4, 2014)
Tree 8 (November 5, 2014)
Tree 9 (November 6, 2014)
Tree 5 (November 8, 2014)
Tree 6 (November 11, 2014)
Tree 6 as it would have appeared to an Ivory-billed Woodpecker that flew up the bayou on March 29, 2008.
The observation position in Tree 6.
View from Tree 6 in the direction from which an Ivory-billed Woodpecker flew up the bayou and passed directly below.
The tree on the left with the large branch hanging out over the water is Tree 6, which is located along a gorgeous bayou.
Descending Tree 6.
The tree in the center of this photo is Tree 5, which provides excellent views out over the treetops.
The three photos above were taken from Tree 5.
Sunrise from Tree 5.
Rocket towers at Stennis Space Center from Tree 5.
Climbing Tree 5.
The pulley for the climbing rope on Tree 2, which appears in the above two photos.
The above two photos were taken from Tree 2 in different seasons.
The above four photos were taken on the day of my first climb, which was up Tree 3.
Looking down at my kayak from Tree 3.
The above seven photos were taken from or near Tree 8, which has an observation position 87 feet above the bayou.
The above four photos were taken from or near Tree 9.
View from below Tree 0, which has observation positions at 94 feet and higher.
Looking down from Tree 0, where I had a scary partial fall.