That was thirty years ago, and the couple, reunited for the first time since they went their separate ways, rediscovers the quiet joy of being on the river and the places, now reclaimed by naure, where they tilled the soil for the food that sustained them. Their life in the swamp was far removed from the stresses of society, and just drifting with them as they follow the flow of their memories gives you a sense of peace, and of nature's abundance.
Their recollections become intriguing visions as the exquisite stills provided by world renown photographer CC Lockwood, who visited and photographed the reclusive couple often, are incorporated into the film.
The half hour documentary was produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and is being aired on PBS stations around the nation. If you miss the broadcast, you can order the film on DVD And, Gwen Carpenter Roland has also written a book about her life in the Atchafalaya Basin.
(PHOTO: Gwen Carpenter Roland and Calvin Voisin on their houseboat. Courtesy CC Lockwood)