Taken on a visit a few days, a walk through Four Hole Swamp an almost impossible place to create any descriptive photographs. Perspective goes out the window when there is no horizon, or even up and down in places.
Wooden trails wind through some parts allowing access. Otherwise you would be knee high in swamp mud for miles on end.
‘ Four Hole Swamp; is a small blackwater river that is a tributary to the Edisto River in South Carolina. The swamp rises in Calhoun County and flows 62 miles (100 km) to the confluence. The river is noteworthy for its unusual braided pattern; it has no well-defined channel but instead has multiple channels that start and disappear, maintaining a flow.
The swamp is the home of the Francis Beidler Forest, a 18,000-acre (73 km2) nature preserve containing over 1,800 acres of virgin cypress and tupelo forest owned and operated by the National Audubon Society. Some of the trees are over 1500 years in age, and the forest is the home of a number of rare or endangered species. (Wikipedia).
On any given day you should see a variety of wildlife, however visibility is restricted since this is an old dense swamp. Above even the White Ibis had to work his way through Cypress Knees.
Cypress Knees, the tree roots, are huge here. A guess is most big ones are hundreds of years old, at a minimum.
Some of the critters encountered need to be given some space. The large triangular shaped head is a fast way to ID a toxic viper. This one is a medium sized Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin). These are common in southern swamps.
Nine-banded Armadillos can walk right past, never knowing your presence. Their life revolves around digging in the mud and leaves for food. They survive somehow being almost totally blind and deaf.
The last shot is another example of this black water swamp. The real surprise here is how few Alligators there are. We did bump into one that made us watch in awe for a bit. The truth is you become a bit jaded, there are so many gators… however this bull was in a class by himself. I hope to clean up the shots, first glance was not promising.
This walk was our way of getting out and about in between the current blasts of heat we have had. We live fairly close allowing us to be back sheltered as the temperatures rise.
Four Hole Swamp, South Carolina.