The black water of Milltail Creek, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, laps as the back door of an derelict shack.
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
I imagine what it must have been like living in this simple cabin on Milltail Creek. It must have been a life largely lived on the creek.
The back porch was a dock. When the water rose during heavy rains, the creek must have lapped at the back door and quite likely became part of the house, rising through the cracks between the floorboards, passing between the open doors like a guest.
It looks like the bald cypress grew through the wooden deck. Its roots girdle the planks. The tree seems as much part of the house as its doors and windows.
The autumn foliage matches the weatherchecked red paint on siding rough as the cypress bark. It seems a house perfectly suited for the landscape.
I imagine long winter nights with no light in sight and the Milky Way like a shoal of stars. And the silence between the occasional bark of a red wolf or the indignant squawk of a blue heron. And I wonder if this place remembers who once lived there.
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