Pond Apple Cathedrals

The liquid heart of the swamp are its pond apple forests found in incredibly tranquil. Found in the center of strands and domes, they are where water floods deepest and longest in the swamp. Cypress domes | Strands and sloughsSwamp mosaic?Flood and fire | Marl Prairies | UplandsBotany | Alligators and more | Life cycle of a pond apple | mangroves

Scary tentacle tree
Or just a reflection?

The swamp is greatly misunderstood …

But I won’t deny this tree is sort of spooky.

The reasons? For one, there’s the reflection that makes it look like a tentacle tree, almost as if it could swim toward you and octopus arm you in. There’s the pool behind it which is rather deep, full of gators and without a proper bank. Or in other words, I was knee deep in water when I took the photograph. And another thing about the reflection: scarier than the mirror image of the branches are what it may be hiding underneath. Gators like to float on the water’s surface, but sometimes they hunker down on the bottom, too. Bottom Line: It’s a sublime spooky, equal doses of both.