Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Photos from the Okefenokee

Early this January, I spent three days paddling and camping inside the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.  This was my fourth trip into the swamp.  Joining me for the journey was my father.  I was going to write a longer article on the trip, but never got around to it, so I'll just post photos and some comments.  The first day was lovely.  We camped at Roundtop platform in the middle of Chase Prairie, which was beautiful (and my favorite spot so far for camping in the swamp as you had views in all directions).  That night around 4 AM, a storm came through and the lightning (which I wasn't able to capture by camera) was incredible.  It rained on and off most of the second day.  We camped the second night on a platform in Mizell Prairie.  On the third day, we paddled back to where we started.  Click on any of the smaller photos to enlarge
paddling the canal into the swamp

a nice gator (we saw 100s)

My father (this was 5 days after his 80th birthday)

The swamp was lower than my other trips.
There was lot of weeds, pollen and algae blocking the canal
paddling through muck

leaving the canal for Chase Prairie
(see the gator on sentry duty?)

The prairies were filled with pitcher plants from last summer

An ibis.  There were lots of large birds in the prairies!
(sandhill cranes, great blue herons, a couple wood storks, egrets)

Roundtop camping platform (outhouse on the end) 

Evening light

setting sun

morning rain

a temporary clearing (it would rain again and again)

Camping on a platform

After glow (it was amazing and I have dozens of shots)
I decided to enlarge it for your pleasure

Sunrise on our last morning
a nice size gator

back where we started


  1. There's a beauty to every landscape, even a swamp. Great pictures.

  2. Loved all your photos and enjoyed seeing the gators. Though we have plenty of egrets and blue herons on our pond, we've yet to see one of those (thank goodness!).

    That red sky is gorgeous!

  3. So nice to share this journey with your father - and you got a photograph of him too!

    I enlarged all of the photo's and what a great collection but the colours in the afterglow ... AMAZING
    Great pictures, thank you for sharing them

    All the best Jan

  4. A trip very high on my bucket list!

  5. Really beautiful shots and nice you went with your Dad. Really.

  6. wonderful capturing !
    this refuge sounds amazing place to visit

  7. When I was looking at the photo of the muck on the paddle, I thought, "Wonder if they saw any gators?" And indeed, you did.

    Lovely that you and your dad had that trip together.

  8. You took some amazing pictures. That setting sun with the pink and purple sky is so pretty. Don't the gators make you nervous?

    1. I have never had a problem with the gators but I respect them, don't poke them in the eye or anything, keep your distance and enjoy them.

  9. I'm fascinated by so much of this post. (1) That's your father, at the ripe young age of 80? Wow. Remarkable. (2) the name Okefenokee. <-What's not to love?

  10. Great pictures. Looks beautiful there. The gators would be intimidating for me, but I enjoyed seeing the birds, and the afterglow shot is phenomenal.

  11. Love the one of the paddle. It's the sort of photo that tells a story all by itself. :-)

    Greetings from London.

  12. Great pictures. Paddling through muck wouldn't be fun, but that sure is a neat image.

  13. What fabulous photos! I agree with Connie I'd be a little nervous about the gators, especially 100s, lol. Amazing sky.

  14. Looks like an adventure! Your photos are really good. I'd advise everyone to enlarge them. You have a good eye.

  15. These are some fantastic photos of an obviously spectacular day. Nature is so good for the soul!

  16. wonderful adventures and amazing sky shot!

  17. Wow, such gorgeous photos. Looks like a wonderful place!
    And yet all I can think about is that story HEAP! from the old MAD Magazine, and their riff on the Ofeeeefenokeeekeeekeeke Swamp :-)

    1. I used to read MAD, but don't remember that one :(

    2. I blogged about it once!

  18. Thanks for sharing these fascinating photos of a place that is unknown to me except by name, Sage. I have visited Loxahatchee and the Everglades, so I can imagine the Okefenokee. I'd be scared to sleep on one of those platforms! I hope you had mosquito nets. It always fascinated me to see alligators partially submerged ~ They look like bits of old tires.