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Boardwalk nature trail in the Okefenokee Swamp
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There are really only two ways to get out into the Okefenokee Swamp - by boat or on a boardwalk. The wildlife refuge has built a wonderful walkway (of rot-proof recycled drink bottle plastic) at the end of the road near their headquarters.

The boardwalk is popular with birders, and a good place to get a close look at alligators and maybe snakes. But in 2011 a huge fire burned about half of the Okefenokee, including the swamp forest this boardwalk passes through, so it has a different look to it now.

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Pond cypress in standing water on the Okefenokee boardwalk trail

Pond cypress in standing water on the Okefenokee boardwalk trail

The boardwalk trail starts out in a forest of pond cypress growing in standing water.

Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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Burned forest in the Okefenokee Swamp

Burned forest in the Okefenokee Swamp

Yes, even a swamp is subject to forest fire, and this one burned in July 2011. Actually, most of the Okefenokee burned in the fire that began in April 2011 and continued until April 2012.

Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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Observation tower in the Okefenokee Swamp - with an alligator

Observation tower in the Okefenokee Swamp - with an alligator

There is an observation tower at the end of the boardwalk nature trail in the Okefenokee Swamp. An alligator with several young can be seen in the floating vegetation below.

Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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Pond cypress and Spanish moss in the Okefenokee

Pond cypress and Spanish moss in the Okefenokee

From the observation tower one has an eye-level view of Spanish moss and other epiphytes in the crowns of the tall trees.

Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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Blackwater in the Okefenokee

Blackwater in the Okefenokee

The Okefenokee is famous as a blackwater swamp, its water highly acid and stained dark brown by decaying vegetation.

Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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Beautiful evening in the swamp

Beautiful evening in the swamp

The burned swamp forest had a strange beauty on the clear still evening I spent there.

Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Date photographed: April 1, 2015
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