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This swamp or marshland is one of several trails that is maintained by the Aududon Society in our state.
It was quite a harrowing experience walking this trail which was set literally in the center of a swamp.
There were planks, made by two 2x4 beams that were setting upon posts on either end. The posts were submerged, so all you saw were the planks, surrounded by oozing, bubbling, gurgling swamp water. The planks needed to be readjusted in some spots, as they had slipped completely off the posts.
When you stepped on a plank, it would dip in the center between the posts, and the rising water would surround your shoe. All this while keeping your balance, trying not to slip on the wet plank, praying the plank would hold, and just imagining how deep the water was if it did break.
I feared most for my camera, clutching it with one hand while my other one had a death grip on my husband's hand, arm, or shirt - stretching all the way out - not wanting too much weight on the center of those planks.
This image was taken while squatting down on one of those precarious planks, and holding my breath. I just couldn't pass that light up.
You can see all the floating algae around the plants. It has a unique, eerie beauty.
We had applied bug spray before we went in, but there really weren't that many around considering swamps are usually notorious for them.
I enjoyed this little adventure, but I think next time there is a swamp involved I will keep to the edges unless we have the canoe.