Okefenokee Details

Swamp Spreadwing
Swamp Spreadwing, Lestes vigilax, in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia, USA. Paddling from Kingfisher Landing, November 12, 2021 ©williamwisephoto.com

The Okefenokee Swamp features a variety of habitats within one giant ecosystem. As one paddles out of the cypress trees, wide-open, sweeping prairie landscapes are revealed. There is never a lack of panoramas for the landscape photographer.

But there are areas of the swamp where the runs constrict and the scrubby vegetation not only impede passage, but impede the view. While paddling the red trail north of Kingfisher Landing in November 2021, I could only get a view of Double Lakes by standing in my canoe… a tricky position for a photographer!

But when the walls close in around you, that doesn’t mean the photography opportunities disappear. If your senses remain alert to the natural world around you, one simply redirects focus and explores the details of some of the smaller plants and critters within the National Wildlife Refuge. If the open views are blocked, its time to switch to a macro lens and explore the smaller, hidden world of the Okefenokee!

iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/101527589

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