Friday, April 24, 2009

Kneeknocking and Mac Stone

The staff from the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest walked out into the swamp on Wednesday to visit one of the largest Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum) trees within the old-growth swamp. The water level had dropped from waist-deep levels that resulted from our most recent rains, so the trip was not difficult. The purpose of the trip, besides a chance to get out of the building and into the magnificent habitat that drew us here in the first place, was to make some swamp music using what nature provided.

The Bodacious Beidler Swamp Stomping Kneekockers played the giant Bald Cypress, several cypress knees, a bead-filled opossum skull, and a pair of deer antlers. ABBA step out of the way! You can see the BBSS Kneeknockers here. (Bandleader & kneeknocker - Mac Stone; animated kneeknocker Mike Dawson; stoic kneeknocker Mark Musselman; 'possum skull - Barbara Thomas; deer antlers - Lynnette Thompson; and ancient cypress and videography - Ricky Covey)

Once you're done watching the video, check out some of the fine photography of seasonal naturalist Mac Stone at his blog Tagging Along - Mac Stone Photography.

Image by Mark Musselman

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