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My little swamp, which has been my most favored landscape to photograph since I got my first DSLR, was struck in winter 2019 by a terrible storm that uprooted or snapped off about 1/3 of the beautiful centuries-old trees, and destroyed a lot of the environment that supported the swamp. The park service erected barricades to prevent entry into the swamp basin. Last week, they removed the barricade. It's disheartening to see how much damage there really was, but a relief to see that some of it survived. Here's my first swamp pictures in almost 2 years.

I've always liked the crazy way the light reflects off the black water in summer. In its new incarnation, this effect is multiplied because the tupelos have taken this opportunity to overtake the cypress, so there is a more leafy canopy, through which the light pools form. The cypress, older and larger and less flexible, suffered more damage.
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incredibly difficult lightinghandled superbly!
My first thought on hearing of or “return to the swamp” was:
… “..did that beautiful solitary little cyprus survive?”
I can’t see it in this image but wonder if it is in some other site…??
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Lovely..feel as if I'm in a pirogue right there amongst 'em

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uuglypher wrote:
Tue Jul 13, 2021 2:20 pm
incredibly difficult lightinghandled superbly!
My first thought on hearing of or “return to the swamp” was:
… “..did that beautiful solitary little cyprus survive?”
I can’t see it in this image but wonder if it is in some other site…??
Dave
The little swamp child took a beating in the storm. He looks awfully spindly but he may yet be alive. I can no longer get close enough to him to see him well, but will take a long lens down there next visit and see if I can get a better feel for him. He is in the most heavily damaged area, exactly opposite the area shown here, and lots of the old trees that sheltered him are gone, or had their tops sheared off. It was a fierce storm. Not a tornado, but sustained straight line winds of nearly 200 mph for an hour. Lots of trees topped, broken, uprooted, or killed by shearing the bark off them.
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Psjunkie wrote:
Wed Jul 14, 2021 12:20 am
Lovely..feel as if I'm in a pirogue right there amongst 'em
Thank ya! You are actually on the bridge, the next best thing to a pirogue.
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