Overwhelming Okefenokee

Large Bull American Alligator basking on Spatterdock in Billy’s Lake, Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Stephen C Foster State Park, Georgia. March 4, 2017 ©www.williamwisephoto.com

Every time I dip my oars into the blackwaters of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, I am overwhelmed: overwhelmed by silence, and overwhelmed by wild… overwhelmed by immensity, and overwhelmed by the micro. There is so much to the Okefenokee Swamp that, like the Grand Canyon, it just cannot be adequately described by even the best narratives or photography. As C.T. Trowell quoted in one of his books, “…it is not possible to convey the personality of this overwhelming place by word or picture. You must go to the Okefenokee to really understand its majesty.”

Trowell, C.T.. The Suwannee Canal Company in the Okefenokee Swamp. South Georgia College, 1984

iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/32662041


  1. I remember going there for a fourth grade field trip . It was really beautiful and it still is magnificent as ever. I remember going on the boat rides and climbing the forest fire tower . Listening to the guides it was a blast .

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