Swamp Magic

I’ve often wondered what it is about Southwest Florida’s tropical landscape, its swamps and tropical foliage that gives its natural areas a feeling of mystery. Is it simply that the landscape is unfamiliar to those of us from other places? Or is it the density and lushness of so much life packed together — along with a sense of the things that lie hidden just beneath the surface.

Whatever the source of the mystery, it is a landscape worth saving.

Swamp Magic

Swamp Magic

A Single Leaf

A Single Leaf

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3 Comments on “Swamp Magic

  1. Don,

    I especially like ‘Swamp Magic.’ Lots of opposites: some things in focus, others a bit blurry, some colors bright, others muted. And the soft red area setting off the fern frond: a welcoming mystery itself. It feels Edenic to me, no sense of impending harm or danger. If a snake crawled through it would simply be beautiful, add another element to the scene. I want to go there and lay down.

    Paul

  2. Don, I tried again to leave a comment on your blog page. It asks for info at the end and, since I had a WordPress account when we were on STX I tried using that. Apparently changed my password or something since because I can’t validate the account. I tried leaving a comment using my FB account but that didn’t work either. Must be someting I’m not doing properly. So, Here is the comment I tried to leave. Cheers.

    Paul

    Don,

    I especially like Swamp Magic. Lots of opposites: some things in focus, others a bit blurry, some colors bright, others muted. And the soft red area setting off the fern frond: a welcoming mystery itself. It feels Edenic to me, no sense of impending harm or danger. If a snake crawled through it would simply be beautiful, add another element to the scene. I want to go there and lay down.

    Paul

    Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:57:36 +0000 To: sevencastles@hotmail.com

  3. Hi Paul,
    Looks like you finally got through.
    You want to go to that swamp and lie down? I understand what you mean, but having been there, I assure you that you’d get wet! Thanks for the comment!

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