Louisiana Swamp Water
Louisiana Swamp Water by Suzanne Mouton Riggio of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Machine appliqué, machine embroidery, painting with colored pencil, hand embroidery, and machine quilting. Cotton batiks, commercial prints, embroidery thread, Kreinik cable, and Ultrasuede.
I grew up in swampy southern Louisiana. After I had been away up north for 3 years, I made a hasty trip down to see my mother who was having major surgery in New Orleans. After my visit with her, an aunt drove me and my two baby sons to the family farm where I was to run things until Mom recovered. En route, we made a pit stop near Morgan City on Berwick Bay. When I stepped out of the car, the SMELL of that Louisiana mud caused me to burst into tears. The smell of home!
So this is Louisiana swamp water during a dry spell. The water level has fallen, leaving high water marks on the cypress trees and knees. The scum-covered water has receded enough to allow mud flats to show. But life in the swamp remains dramatic; see an alligator and an egret eye each other.