Nature reigns undisturbed in winter quiet in S.C.'s ancient Beidler Forest swamp.
By Amber Veverka
Special to the Observer
Posted: Friday, Feb. 26, 2010
Water slides between cypress and tupelo trunks at a dreamlike speed. On the coldest mornings, ice - rare to this part of South Carolina - hugs dwarf palmettos. The silence is so complete that the sudden flight of a flock of robins is startling.
In this part of the swamp known as the Francis Beidler Forest, about 70 miles southeast of Columbia, winter is a waiting season: waiting for snakes and turtles to rouse from winter rest, for warblers to wing back from Central America, for downstream alligators to stir. more...
Image by Mark Musselman