Welcome to the Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia
The Okefenokee Swamp
The Okefenokee Swamp is a different world; a seemingly untouched, primitive landscape of serpents and dragons; a foreboding, dark land, yet exciting and evoking the urge to explore. I am provided the privilege of it lying within less than a half day’s drive from my home in Georgia, USA. I have explored this intriguing swamp habitat on many occasions; each time paddling a bit further, and each time investigating its details a bit more closely.
Herein lies my attempt to promote and preserve this majestic piece of earth through my own nature journals and photographs, and the travel blogs of other adventurers…
The Okefenokee is the largest blackwater swamp in North America. The majority of the swamp lies within the state of Georgia, but straddles the border into Florida. It is protected by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and the Okefenokee Wilderness. Its Native American name means “The Land of Trembling Earth”.
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Hi, I’m wildlife photographer and nature writer William Wise. I was saved under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology at the University of Georgia. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. I’m currently an animal shelter director and live in Athens, Georgia with my wife and two teenage daughters, who are all also actively involved in ministry. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. William Wise Nature Notes is my wildlife and birding photo blog documenting the beauty, design and wonder of God’s creation. I am also a guest author at Lee’s Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. I sell stock photography to support my creation ministry and pet adoption photography efforts. — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104, The Message.
- Making of an Okefenokee Alligator Close Up PhotoMy daughter has always been the captain of our canoe. She sits in the stern and controls the trolling motor while I photograph all the critters. But last Christmas she got a GoPro camera, and itContinue reading “Making of an Okefenokee Alligator Close Up Photo”
- Sharing an Okefenokee post from Anne Ledbetter PhotographyHere is a great nature journal with some incredible photography from Anne Ledbetter Photography! Follow the link to her blog for some beautiful black-and-whites, pitcher plant close-ups, and reflection photos (a few of my favorites inContinue reading “Sharing an Okefenokee post from Anne Ledbetter Photography”
- Okefenokee Alligator Ate My GoPro!There she lay; just ten feet from the edge of the dock. How could I resist? A big alligator right there within reach of my action camera. I hit record and lay upon my belly, stretchingContinue reading “Okefenokee Alligator Ate My GoPro!”
- Okefenokee Swamp Melanistic Pileated WoodpeckerGoing through some older Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge posts, I found this unique observation from April 12, 2010 by iNaturalist member Marv Elliott: a melanistic Pileated Woodpecker (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/538467). Contacting Marv about his observation, he replied: “My wifeContinue reading “Okefenokee Swamp Melanistic Pileated Woodpecker”
- Okefenokee Alligator Pike PoleExcerpt from the 1926 History of the Okefenokee: “When the Swamp was first penetrated by the pioneer white settlers of this section, and that was not so very long ago, so many alligators were encountered, andContinue reading “Okefenokee Alligator Pike Pole”