Thursday, May 22, 2008

Swamp life

Swamp: bog, fen, mire, morass, quagmire. Mottled and unkempt, it has a place in our mind that conjures up evil, disease, and danger. But on our tour of the Barataria Preserve (Marrero) of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, we found a lot of beauty and alot of things you just wanted to know more about. Cypress trees were plentiful here, but a few hundred yards down the walkway, marsh grasses became dominant. This was one of my favorite spots -- a clearing in the leaf-covered shade-darkened water. Surprise, the water was as clear as you have ever seen.

There is order, and a natural cleansing here. Nature gets her way here.

-- steve

6 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I had no idea what this was on the portal. I came and smiled when my eyes focused. Nice shot, Steve.

If I don't get back to see you again before the weekend, I will wish you a "Happy Decoration Day" weekend. Alas, now called 'Memorial Day' weekend; and, better known for the Indianapolis 500 race than for decorating the graves of the dead.

Kelly said...

Very lovely shot!

Halcyon said...

The swamp is a beautiful place. This is a great photo!

Sandy said...

Wow, great photo, love it.

slim said...

This is so primitive . . . you captured it beautifully.

Professor said...

Nice shot...the colors are so lush!