CYPRESS SWAMP

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Another we stop we made along the Natchez Trace Parkway was the Cypress Swamp.  We were hoping to see some gators, but all we saw were a bunch of floating logs, and no nostrils sticking out to distinguish a gator. It was still a really neat stop. We took a boardwalk across the swamp where we were able to walk amidst these huge, wide cypress trees that sprouted right out of the water.  The water was incredibly still and gave it a very glassy look that you could see direct reflections of the tree off of.  There were also places of very thick scum that floated on parts of the swamp. In some of the pictures you can see this scum and protruding from the scum were these nubby little trees that barely stuck a foot out of the swamp.  They are called bald cypress trees and may have been stunted in growth because of the lack of oxygen they receive.  Although we didn’t see any gators, we saw a little lizard scurrying through the leaves and under the bark and we also saw a little frog hiding away deep in a little hole in the ground. This stop was very different from our stop at the blacksmiths but equally cool and effective in breaking up our long drive.

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These were shot with my Nikon D600 and 24-75mm f/2.8.

-ZAM

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