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Nature Up Close In Okefenokee Swamp

Nature Up Close in Okefenokee Swamp

A few weeks ago I wrote about our visit to Okefenokee Swamp by boat. But Okefenokee Swamp is actually a mosaic of land and water. And what you see on land is just as interesting as what you see from the seat of a boat.

Okefenokee Swamp provides one big photo opportunity for nature themed shots. Here are some images of nature up close, taken from our drive through the swamp – on ground that’s been described as the land of the trembling earth.

Usually you can do more than take a boat ride or drive Okefenokee.  There are places to hike within the swamp which is what we had planned to do, but a huge forest fire took out the boardwalk last year and it will be some time before it’s rebuilt.

"Almost prehistoric looking"

Almost prehistoric looking

"Beautiful dragonfly"

Beautiful dragonfly

"Mystery lizard type #1"

Mystery lizard type #1

"Looking up through the pine trees"

Looking up through the pine trees

"Fire is a constant hazard - and what a contrast the fresh lime green growth is to the burnt trees"

Fire is a constant hazard – and what a contrast the fresh lime green growth is to the burnt trees

"Wild orchid and a type of Arisaema"

Wild orchid and a type of Arisaema

"Another flavour of wild orchids"

Another flavour of wild orchids

"Mystery lizard type #2"

Mystery lizard type #2

"Dragonfly patiently posing for me"

Dragonfly patiently posing for me

"Have you ever seen a spider coloured like this before?"

Have you ever seen a spider coloured like this before?

"Hard to get a picture of this butterfly"

Hard to get a picture of this butterfly

"Alligator dozing by the side of the road"

Alligator dozing by the side of the road

How close would you like to get to an alligator?

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 43 Comments
  1. Reading from your description and photos, this place is only safe and fun to tour on day time. Might be a problem if you get in here at night time. But is this place open for campers?

  2. These are great, particularly the patient dragonfly. I’ve been enchanted by this area since the first time I heard the word ‘Okefenokee’.

  3. It’s hard to imagine so much beauty in a swamp. Nature is magnificent!
    I love those mystery lizards, the colorful butterfly and the alligator and the burnt trees, and, and, and…you get the picture. Thanks for sharing, Leigh.

  4. I was wary of swamps until I visited one near New Orleans. I don’t know when I have seen a landscape more gorgeous. It was not dark, murky and scary like I had imagined (and like some swamps are) but instead the clear water was like mirrors reflecting the mangroves and other dense vegetation. You’ve inspired me to dig out my very old pictures of that trip.

    1. @Vera Although there are things in the waters of a swamp I don’t want to touch overall I loved our visit – and in fact it was a highlight. Very beautiful and extremely interesting.

  5. Awesome photos, Leigh. I love how you were able to get such clear close ups. Even using a zoom lens, you must have been pretty close to that gator! I visited the Everglades and took an airboat ride — that was very cool.

  6. @Jesse You can camp in designated spots if you are actually canoeing the swamp. Otherwise I didn’t see anything. The park is open half an hour before sunrise to either 5″30pm or 7:30pm depending on the season.

  7. Such beautiful pictures at a very unexpected place. I love the shot of looking through the pines. I want to go visit because the name sounds so cool =) The Everglades have always been on my National Parks bucket list. That gator looks very impressive.

    1. @Mary It’s amazing how a name can enchant or put you off a place. Okefenokee sounds mysterious to me. And the gator was impressive – and funny to watch because its eyes kept closing as he started to doze off.

  8. I was given the opportunity to canoe and camp here. Seeing these photos makes me want to go even more especially the one of the alligator.

  9. Leigh takes super pics – most of my shots were blurry – it pays to have knowledge how to use a good camera! I hate spiders – would rather see the gator again!

  10. Leigh takes super pics – most of my shots were blurry – it pays to have knowledge how to use a good camera! I hate spiders – would rather see the gator again!

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