Wetlands: The Beauty and Mystery

October 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

“The creeks overflow: a thousand rivulets run

‘Twixt the roots of the sod, the blades of marshgrass stir;

Passeth, and all is still; and the currents cease to run;

And the sea and marsh are one.”

The Marshes of Glynn, Sidney Lanier

 

Mentioning wetlands often conjures up images of dank, insect-ridden areas that serve no useful purpose.  However, the more time you spend in wetlands, the more you’ll notice the magic and wonder of one of nature’s most valuable ecosystems.

From the Everglades to Alaska, wetlands in the form of marshes, bogs, swamps, and floodplain forests are home to a tremendous variety of birds, reptiles, insects, fish, mammals, plants and trees, making it the most biologically diverse ecosystem on earth.  Forty three percent of endangered wildlife species rely on wetlands either directly or indirectly for their survival.

Wetlands are a wonderful place to spend time with a camera.  Whether you are interested in wildlife or landscape photography, you will surely never tire of the opportunities that present themselves.

Here are some photographs of some of the memorable wetland experiences I have been fortunate to witness. 

 


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