We've posted photos from the marsh bordering Lake Pontchartrain at Big Branch Marsh NWR previously; here now are some shots from the upland portion.
Of course, "upland" is a relative term; none of the ground is very high, and little pockets of water are everywhere.
There are other hardwoods here besides cypress, but all in all, loblolly pine is the most important tree here. Of course, in some ways a dead tree is even more useful than a live one, furnishing (among other things) plenty of insect prey for woodpeckers, including the local specialty, the red-cockaded.
I would have thought it a bit early for wildflowers, but there were plenty, including lots of trumpet vine—the yellow native plant, not the red invasive.
Also woodsorrel, violets, azalea...
...and all of it strewn with pine needles under the bluest of skies.