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Last week, I posted part 1 of a walk I and my holiday-weekend guests took in the Morris County (NJ) Park Service's Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, which sits at the edge of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

Last time we had wildflowers and a damselfly. This week, we have pictures of trees. Some of them are undertaking interesting gymnastics, and others are just growing there unmolested. I was raised to think of trees as my friends, so it makes me happy to live among them and to visit them.

Quoting from the Outdoor Education Center website:

The Great Swamp was created approximately 15,000 years ago, when the melting waters of the Wisconsin Glacier poured into the natural basin known as the Passaic Valley. However, the Great Swamp is not entirely swampland but rather a mixture of marshes, meadows, dry woods and brush-covered swamps. It is the intermingling of these four habitats that gives the Great Swamp its unique character, allowing the swamp to support a wide variety of plant and animal life.

The boardwalks through grassier/swampier areas are interesting in other ways. This one is new, and trails off before it gets to the field of blackeyed susans.

unfinished boardwalk
crooked tree
curly branch
dappled shade
odd roots
running water patterns
short boardwalk
tree saved from drowning
uprooted tree
boardwalk through reeds
woods and pond
woods
canopy

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