The Colors of the Swamp

Jeremy got a new toy!  A ridiculously huge (and expensive!) lens for his camera.  I must admit though, it does take gorgeous pictures.

Jeremy and the colossus
Jeremy and the colossus

We thought the perfect place to try it out would be out at Caw Caw County Park because there is always a smorgasbord of wildlife out and about to snap pictures of.

Female Downy Woodpecker
Female Downy Woodpecker

I’ve raved about Caw Caw before, I know, but this place is awesome and it only costs one dollar. So if you’ve never been you should totally go.  Like totally.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron
Juvenile Little Blue Heron

We saw a lot of birds but because it was a chilly day we didn’t see alligators or snakes like we usually do.

Cedar Wax Wing
Cedar Wax Wing

The thing that made this particular trip to Caw Caw really stand out though, was the swamp.  Every winter a natural phenomenon happens in the swamp and the water glows with color.

Caw Caw Rainbow Swamp
How wild is this??

We had no idea that this happened and we were just fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

Caw Caw Rainbow Swamp

According to the naturalist at the Interpretive Center, this happens every year as the cypress leaves begin to decompose in the water.  The decomposing leaves release tannic acid and when the sunlight hits it you see this gorgeous rainbow effect over the water.

Caw Caw Rainbow Swamp

It looked like someone took a gigantic tub of rainbow sherbet and melted it in the water.  From a side angle the water looked opaque and pastel and beautiful.

Caw Caw Rainbow Swamp
I love the reflections in this one.

Looking at the water straight on or in a shadow it looked like normal swamp water.  If you want to go and see this make sure you go on a sunny day because the water needs sunlight to display its colors.  This was really cool to see.  God’s creation never ceases to amaze.

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