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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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Water Trees

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.

Virginia Pine Barrens Winter Sunset

A lone sentinel Loblolly Pine silhouetted against a beautiful winter sunset in the Zuni Pine Barrens. 12/26/2013

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Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) restoration project in the Zuni Pine Barrens, Isle of Wight county in extreme southeastern Virginia. This area is comprised of by the Zuni Pine Barrens, the Antioch Pines Natural Area Preserve, and, the Blackwater Ecological Preserve. This is an endangered native pine to this area of VA and much of the southeastern USA. This area was once covered in extensive Longleaf Pine Forest Savanna covering about 90 million acres with vast expanses of it in southeastern Virginia. About 97% of this original forest was destroyed, largely by logging / naval stores practices back in the 1800s. In this area the forest is managed. Some areas allowed to grow while others are harvested. These harvested areas of loblolly pine are being restored with Longleaf pine in an attempt to restore some of this native pine savannah in Virginia. This area will not be logged again, and is subjected to low intensity prescribed burns as it is a highly fire dependent ecosystem. This particular pine is virtually fire proof under these conditions, especially when young. The soil is mainly sand in this area of the state as it is on much of the coastal plain. These trees will take 100-160 years to reach maturity and will live 500 or more years and will attain heights of 150 or more feet eventually.

Young Longleaf Pine Silhouette

A  young Longleaf Pine is silhouetted against a beautiful  winter sunset.  12/26/2013

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Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) restoration project in the Zuni Pine Barrens, Isle of Wight county in extreme southeastern Virginia. This area is comprised of by the Zuni Pine Barrens, the Antioch Pines Natural Area Preserve, and, the Blackwater Ecological Preserve. This is an endangered native pine to this area of VA and much of the southeastern USA. This area was once covered in extensive Longleaf Pine Forest Savanna covering about 90 million acres with vast expanses of it in southeastern Virginia. About 97% of this original forest was destroyed, largely by logging / naval stores practices back in the 1800s. In this area the forest is managed. Some areas allowed to grow while others are harvested. These harvested areas of loblolly pine are being restored with Longleaf pine in an attempt to restore some of this native pine savannah in Virginia. This area will not be logged again, and is subjected to low intensity prescribed burns as it is a highly fire dependent ecosystem. This particular pine is virtually fire proof under these conditions, especially when young. The soil is mainly sand in this area of the state as it is on much of the coastal plain. These trees will take 100-160 years to reach maturity and will live 500 or more years and will attain heights of 150 or more feet eventually.

Virginia Pine Barrens: Longleaf Pine Restoration

Young Longleaf Pines making a comeback with the help of man in the Virginia Pine Barrens, Pine Savannas, & Pinelands. 12/26/2013

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Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) restoration project in the Zuni Pine Barrens, Isle of Wight county in extreme southeastern Virginia. This area is comprised of by the Zuni Pine Barrens, the Antioch Pines Natural Area Preserve, and, the Blackwater Ecological Preserve. This is an endangered native pine to this area of VA and much of the southeastern USA. This area was once covered in extensive Longleaf Pine Forest Savanna covering about 90 million acres with vast expanses of it in southeastern Virginia. About 97% of this original forest was destroyed, largely by logging / naval stores practices back in the 1800s. In this area the forest is managed. Some areas allowed to grow while others are harvested. These harvested areas of loblolly pine are being restored with Longleaf pine in an attempt to restore some of this native pine savannah in Virginia. This area will not be logged again, and is subjected to low intensity prescribed burns as it is a highly fire dependent ecosystem. This particular pine is virtually fire proof under these conditions, especially when young. The soil is mainly sand in this area of the state as it is on much of the coastal plain. These trees will take 100-160 years to reach maturity and will live 500 or more years and will attain heights of 150 or more feet eventually.