February’s End in the Okefenokee Swamp

March 1, 2014 at 9:08 am (Georgia, Great Florida Birding Trail, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography)

Red swamp maple Swamp Island Drive

Red swamp maple Swamp Island Drive

A gorgeous way to end the month of February in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.   The red maple’s winged seeds in spring are just as pretty as their leaves are in fall.

Red Maple Seeds

Red Maple Seeds

Last summer’s broom sedge is the predominant sun-catcher right now along Swamp Island Drive.

Broom Sedge on Swamp Island Drive

Broom Sedge on Swamp Island Drive

These bugs don’t bite.  They just hover in little groups, and are quite obvious when the late afternoon sun catches them.

Hovering Bugs

Hovering Bugs

As the sun gets lower, the light gets more golden along the Chesser Island Boardwalk.

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A great egret heads to its night roost.

Great Egreg

Great Egret

There were very few clouds to add drama to the setting sun.

Sun setting behind cypress

Sun setting behind cypress

Silhouetted trees – dead and alive – against the dying light.

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Sunset on the Boardwalk

Sunset on the Boardwalk

Three barred owls called as the dusk settled, then flew off.  Never did find out “who cooks for you…”

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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2 Comments

  1. mbkircusMarily Kircus said,

    I found you comment spot – hiding at the bottom of the page. Wonder pictures. Way better then what I saw.

  2. Cindy McIntyre said,

    Naw… you saw the same things. If you had been in a picture taking mood you would have captured the same things or better
    . You often see things I don’t.

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