John, what makes a bald cypress bald? I love the way the turn in the boardwalk teasingly conceals what is beyond, assuring that the viewer MUST proceed to see what is around the next turn!
Jerry and Suzy, the bald cypress is a deciduous conifer; meaning that it bears cones, but drops it needles during the winter season. Therefore, it is “bald” during the winter months.
Looks like I might have to stop at Congaree next fall on my way to Okefenokee so I can get in the mood for cypress swamps! :)
Hi Judy. I do think you would enjoy Congaree, its a wonderful national park. I have a great desire to visit Okefenokee, we have only ever driven through the area. If I remember correctly, there is a population of the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the vicinity too which is another reason to take a look around.
Makes me think of dinosaurs wandering through the swamp land. Not sure they were that far south but that's what I thought when I saw the picture.
Hello Sandie. Funny you mention dinosaurs because I frequently say this very thing to Ellen, that is, "I expect to see dinosaurs around every bend in the boardwalk".
I can picture myself right there!! : )
I believe you would love walking here. We have a local population of morning walkers and afternoon runners. I always think its funny that people run through the national park. To my mind, they are moving too fast and missing so much. But then I remind myself that the national park belongs to all of us and the runners are doing what they enjoy (presumably).
Very nice shot! The boardwalk leads you right into the picture.