Still Waters At Sunset

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12/25/16 – Still Waters – Lake Drummond / Great Dismal Swamp, Virginia: A lone Bald Cypress stands 75 feet offshore catching the very last rays of the days sun. The cobalt blue sky fades to deep orange, pinks and reds near the earth as the sun is nearly below the far opposite horizon at sunset. The few clouds that remain over the lake turn iridescent pinks and oranges. Below, the almost glasslike surface of the water belies the stiff 15-20MPH winds coming off the lake, while creating near mirror like reflections. It is about as quite here as anywhere on earth. The only sounds are occasional sounds of various birds that call this lake and this enormous great swamp home. #lakedrummond #greatdismalswamp #loveva #virginiacities #virginiaisbeautiful #nature #virginiastate_photos #vawildlife #visitvabeach

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Swampy River Reflections

Near perfect reflections in the slow moving “black” waters of the Black Water River. 12/27/2013

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12/27/2013 Swamp River Reflections: Loblolly, Longleaf pines, Bald Cypress reflect nearly perfectly in the slow moving ‘black’ water of the Blackwater River. The river is surrounded by many cypress swamps, marshes, lowlands and pine lands and sand hills. This area is surrounded by the Blackwater Ecological Preserve, the Zuni Pine Barrens, and the Antioch Pines Natural Area Preserve in far southern Isle of Wight county, near the village of Zuni. Virginia. This type of environment / ecosystem is common on the coastal plain of extreme southeastern Virginia.