Time Moves Slowly

An excerpt from my March 2017 Okefenokee nature journal…

Anhinga perched in a cypress tree on Billy’s Lake; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. March 4, 2017. ©www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally at Dreamstime.com.

Saturday, 8:41 PM – I’m sitting on a cot in our spacious tent. What a pleasant feeling after several hours out on the water of Billy’s Lake. Although just a half day, the first day was therapeutic. What a joy as I journaled the events of this first day.

We arrived in the Refuge just after 1:00 PM. Just like previous visits, a group of Wild Turkeys foraged along the road into the park. I’m sure they were different people, but like last year, the campground was fairly full of large RVs and plenty of retired couples walking the loop or sitting on the “patios” of their motor homes.

Being limited by a late start, our first excursion would remain on Billy’s Lake, travelling east to Billy’s Island, then turning back toward the western end, and circling back to the campground. Immediately upon entering the lake from the short canal up from the campground, it was like we never left! We were confronted by Cormorants, Anhingas, and basking turtles. A pair of Wood Ducks gave a quick, surprise flyby. All looked exactly as we had left it two years ago. Time moves much more slowly in the Okefenokee.

iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32661305

Published by William Wise

Hi, I’m conservation photographer and nature writer William Wise. Nature journaling and wildlife photography has been a favorite pastime since the ‘90s. I graduated from University of Georgia Warnell Forestry School's wildlife program in 1996. I'm currently an animal shelter manager/photographer and reside in Athens, Georgia, USA with my wife and two teenage daughters. My website www.williamwisephoto.com is a wildlife and birding photo website documenting the beauty, design and wonder of creation. I have a deep love of the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. I became a devoted Christian in 1993 under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. I am also a guest author at Lee's Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. The theme of my blogging comes from The Message version of Psalms 104 -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, You made earth overflow with your wonderful creations."

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