Sunday, February 13, 2011


02.12.11, originally uploaded by colemama.

After a good rain, everything seems cleansed and fresh...even in the swamp! Though the sky was still cloudy and the sun had not made an appearance, the greens were just a bit brighter and the the browns a bit less dull. And, best of all, the water begins to recirculate as a vital element to this ecosystem. It has been a pretty dry winter, thus far, so every little bit helps!

Like the swamp ecosystem, with its 'unexpected' period of dryness, tolerance for survival can be surprising. Thinking about the recent Chilean miners or the seeming lost 'at sea victims' who manage to survive the elements, one realizes how much strength (and likely, luck) occurs in some situations. They say 'things happen for a reason' and I've always pondered that - it is like that balance of having control over certain things by planning, good decision-making, etc but still having to accept the 'luck of the draw'. Well, hopefully, this swamp and all of its plants and creatures will be filled up again by summer! Freedom Park, Naples, FL


  1. What a beautiful photo and reflection. I really relate to what you say about dryness as we have just come out of a 13 year drought here in Australia, but like you we're getting some rain now, maybe more than we want.

  2. Lovely photo. I'm not sure things happen for a reason. But I sure we have control over how we react to what life throws at us. We can wallow in the swamp or climb mountains.