Back in the Okefenokee

Although the timed releases of my nature journals make it seem like I’m always in the Okefenokee Swamp, I live five hours away and usually only visit once or twice per year. But I made it back for a third 2021 visit just before Thanksgiving. Here’s an excerpt from my November 12th nature journal:

A wary American Alligator moves away from my canoe and into the scrub along the Kingfisher Landing canoe trail; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. November 12, 2021 ©williamwisephoto.com

Back in the Okefenokee! I came down a couple days ahead of a photography workshop to explore the beauty of the Okefenokee Swamp in the Fall. Having met a  fellow iNaturalist photographer at the class, we launched from Kingfisher Landing to both explore this area of the swamp. This was my first canoe launch from Kingfisher landing and we headed northwest toward Double Lakes on the red trail. Much of this area of the swamp was wide open prairie, with a few cypress ‘houses’ here and there. Because of the very high water levels, we only saw a few alligators. But it was great to be back in the Okefenokee once again, and to explore the Kingfisher Landing entrance for the first time.

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