Hunters traverse the wilderness searching for
trophies to place on their walls. Julia Sims also scours the
wilderness for "wall hangers, " but hers rest between frames.
Called the "Swamp Lady," she earned her
moniker through her devotion to capturing on film the vast Manchac
Swamp surrounding Lake Maurepas between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Sims grew up in Baton Rouge, not far from
the swamp she loves so much. Ironically, her family members were not
ardent sportsmen. Not particularly a tomboy, she craved adventure
Julia Sims has become one of the premier
photographers of Louisiana wildlife. Her work has been featured in
virtually every nature magazine, including "National Geographic,"
National Wildlife," "Nature Conservancy," Sierra," Birder's World,"
and "Ducks Unlimited."
Now living in Ponchatoula, Louisiana,
famous as both "Strawberry Capital of the World" and "America's
Antique City" and located about fifty miles north of New Orleans,
Sims divides her time between photographing her beloved swamp,
giving lectures, and public speaking.