"the number of stars that shone in the night sky over the bayou"

 

Bayou
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBayou - Credit: Jan Kronsell

 

The author paints a picture of the Louisana bayou from Ruby's artistic perspective. A bayou is a very slow-moving body of water or a marsh or wetland. While Ruby's bayou is in Houma, Lousiana, others are found along the Mississippi River. Bayous are home to crawfish, shrimp, shellfish, catfish, and alligators.