Monday, March 01, 2010

Beidler Forest in Winter

Four Holes Swamp at Audubon's Francis Beidler Forest by Mark Musselman
We love it here at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest, but it's nice to hear that others share our feelings regarding this special place!

Swamp fling
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

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