One step deeper than the tall cypress are the pond apple.
Unlike the tall cypress which are smooth-barked and rise in straight vertical sheer, the branches of the pond apple are contorted, craggily and shoot every which way.
|Can you see the stickman hidden in plain view?|
The pond apple canopy is much lower.
That gives it a more intimate feel, but also makes it kind of “other worldly,” as if in entering into this deep water realm you’ve transcended into the center-most heart of the Big Cypress Swamp.
|This “pond apple” man is easier to see.|
On this particular day in January the branches of the pond apple trees were bent in such a way to give the illusion that two others were out there with me – a stickman (top photo) with arms raised to the sky and a bromeliad forming its hair and a branchman (bottom photo) hanging lemur-like in the air.
It’s always nice to find company in the swamp!