The bright yellow foliage of bald cypress and spadderdock make the swamp of Merchants Millpond a cheerful place.
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The fall colors of bald cypress and floating duckweed, darkened by shadows, remind me of butterscotch pudding, one of my favorites as a child. I especially like the play of light and shadow on Merchants Millpond late in the year.
The duckweed is an annoyance when paddling but the water lilies are an impediment, resisting the passage of a boat’s hull and even immersing a paddle. In winter, the water plants recede, and you can paddle freely all the way to Lassiter Swamp at the head of the pond where old-growth forests of bald cypress still exist, protected from logging by the swamp itself.
Perhaps it’s anthropomorphic but I’m convinced of the wisdom of trees, especially bald cypress trees which can live more than a thousand years. Their furrowed bark reminds me of Edward S. Curtis portraits of old men who lived their lives in the sun and wind, the years etched in their faces.
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