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.