of Avery Island! I did not know about this Jungle Gardens and I suspect that few others are into this well kept secret. Avery Island is where Tabasco pepper sauce has been made for 125 years. But there is more!! The island is actually a salt dome that extends 8 miles beneath the earth's surface and the protruding part that we see, which rises about 165 feet above sea level, is home to one of the most beautiful sanctuaries. When you arrive at the entrance gate to Avery Island you may choose to tour the Tabasco factory, which we did, or you can tour the Jungle Gardens or both! We did both. The fee is a mere token in exchange for the pleasures of photographing this beautiful spot.
We visited the island when one would expect the least photographic interest. This was not the time to spot migratory birds and the thousands of azaleas of many varieties that bloom in the spring. There is a large collection of camellias representing 600 varieties from all over the world. They were not blooming either. If we are ever in this area in the spring we will most certainly go back to see the 'whole' deal.