Mountains of the swamp

Can the waters get so deep they actually become shallow?


Yes, here in the Big Cypress Swamp it happens every summer:

We call it peak water.

Peak water is the time of year that swamp’s high ground – it’s pine flatwoods – get submerged with a shallow sheet and pockets of water. The pinelands are low by traditional “high ground” standards, rising only 2-3 feet above the swampier ground they surround, and for much of the wet season they resemble “islands” of dry ground in a sea of swamp – thus the name pine islands – but usually at some point they go under, if only shallowly and for a few short weeks or months.
Last year (as shown on the hydrograph) waters peaked in mid September, in total putting the hydric pines under for a good three months.

This summer got off to a little bit of a late start:

The pinelands have only been under for a month in comparison (so far).


As for the swamp’s true mountains, they are ephemeral:

We call them our afternoon wet season cumulonimbus clouds.

They rise 50,000 feet.

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