A yawning alligator at Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia. With pristine beaches, deep marshes, rich history and terrific recreation opportunities, Cumberland Island is far from boring. Really, there’s no reason for this alligator to yawn – but maybe it just doesn’t like Mondays. Photo by Gary Davis (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Help us celebrate World Wetlands Day! Among the world’s most productive environments, wetlands are critically important to freshwater supply, biodiversity, flood control and food production. They’re also places of stunning natural beauty. Photo from the Pa-hay-okee overlook at Everglades National Park in Florida courtesy of Paul Marcellini.
To love a swamp, however, is to love what is muted and marginal, what exists in the shadows, what shoulders its way out of mud and scurries along the damp edges of what is most commonly praised.
(she drips and scowls and sings. they use the plants to spell cast and the animals of the swamp sleep with her at night. slowly but surely, she becomes a part of the swamp. the swamp becomes her, too. she sinks down under the water, and watches you peer in.)