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Solitary Sentinel

As the water temperature cools in the fall, mist often lingers on the surface of Merchants Millpond, lending a surreal aspect to the landscape as the sun silhouettes the bald cypress and water tupelo and the Spanish moss appears luminous.

Wetlands don’t accommodate building lasting memorials – menhirs or dolmens or rings of standing stones. They are, by nature, fluid. What devotion we pay them must be in the moment as well, as effortless – and as mythic – like water.

“Nothing in the world
is as soft, as weak, as water;
Nothing else can wear away
the hard, the strong,
and remain unaltered.”

Tao te Ching, Lao Tzu
Translated by Ursula K. LeGuin

Merchants Millpond is the most evocative wetland I’ve yet seen on the Carolina coastal plain but I’m still looking.


Print Quality

Our archival quality images are printed on Moab Exhibition paper using Canon Lucia inks, providing lustrous reproducttions with a board color gamut that resists aging. For more information on the technology used, see our page on print quality.

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Sound Rivers

Five percent of the profits from all sales on this site are donated to Sound Rivers, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the quality of rivers on the Carolina coastal plain.

Solitary Sentinel


Spanish moss, trapped in morning sunlight, looks as ethereal as the mist rising from the surface of Merchants Millpond, NC.

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