Okefenokee Tussock Growth

The canoe trails of the Okefenokee Swamp are full of character and adventure. As one paddles through the black water, eyes peer upward at the heights of the towering cypress. But don’t forget to look ahead!, the waterways are often marked with obstacles. One of those interesting obstructions which force some agile steering is knownContinue reading “Okefenokee Tussock Growth”

Thank an Okefenokee NWR Ranger!

Okefenokee Swamp paddlers owe much to the federal Okefenokee NWR and Stephen C Foster state park employees that keep the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge’s canoe and kayak trails clear, maintained and well-marked. When one visits today, direction signs label and point to Billy’s Lake, Minnie’s Lake, Big Water, Canal Run and more. Since cell phoneContinue reading “Thank an Okefenokee NWR Ranger!”

Okefenokee Alligator Battles

During our 2019, paddling trip through the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, we came across a unique alligator. This big gator was missing the end of its upper snout. I suppose it could have been born with a deformity, but I guess it was injured in a fight with another gator. Its nostrils were missing andContinue reading “Okefenokee Alligator Battles”

Okefenokee: Nature Lover’s Paradise

“This magnificent Swamp, one of the very largest, if not the largest, in the entire United States, is truly a nature lovers paradise. The scenic beauty and grandeur, with its changing vistas of island, dense bays overgrown with moss covered trees, open prairies covered with lily pads of incomparable beauty, lakes – from the miniatureContinue reading “Okefenokee: Nature Lover’s Paradise”

Athletic_Gurl’s Okefenokee Video Adventure 2020

My daughter’s video from our 2020 Okefenokee National Wildife Refuge paddling trip. She was excited to bring along a friend who had never experienced the swamp before! Needless to say she was amazed (and slightly terrified) by the number of huge alligators we saw.

Okefenokee on iNaturalist

Another great way to explore the majestic Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia is through the app iNaturalist. The Okefenokee has its own project page where you can see all the “citizen scientist” and naturalists posts in one place. Sign up for Okefenokee NWR on the subscriptions and help fellow Okefenokee Adventurers ID theirContinue reading “Okefenokee on iNaturalist”

Okefenokee Gutter Gator

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Wait, that’s already been used. “In a culvert under the road there lived a gator…” In a roadside ditch between the cabins and the RV campground of the Stephen C Foster State Park in Georgia, a three to four-foot juvenile alligator made his home. Being on theContinue reading “Okefenokee Gutter Gator”

Which Way Okefenokee?

This morning my daughter and I embark on our annual Okefenokee Swamp paddling trip! And this time, she is bringing a friend who has never visited the swamp before. I love sharing this unique world of the Okefenokee with others. I’m sure she’ll be absolutely amazed. We will be staying at our regular spot: siteContinue reading “Which Way Okefenokee?”

Okefenokee in ‘The Wilderness Coast’

An Okefenokee excerpt from Jack Rudloe’s, The Wilderness Coast “The sun was just rising, but it was already hot when we launched our canoe just below the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. We were beginning the 217-mile journey through Georgia and Florida to the Gulf of Mexico on the Suwannee River. “We paddled for days, withContinue reading “Okefenokee in ‘The Wilderness Coast’”

Okefenokee Photography Workshop

I’m sad I can’t make it, but wanted to let others know about this great Okefenokee Photography Workshop. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – Spring Photography Workshop with John Reed. Saturday, March 7, 2020. To register contact the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 912-496-7836.https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Okefenokee/press_releases.html