18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Cypress Reflection

These statuesque cypress trees are absolutely beautiful. Their branches reach high into the sky and often provide nesting areas for eagles and the beautiful blue heron. Warblers often nest in the cavities of the bald cypress. The roots wrap around like a tangled mess of vines, weaving their way in and out of the water, thus providing hiding places for fish, snakes and aquatic life. These bald cypress trees can be found in and around wetlands and swampy areas. Their root system actually helps them thrive in these damp, wet areas as the knobby knees that protrude out of the ground may allow the tree to access oxygen when flooded and the roots themselves provide stabilization. This area in particular is in Southwest Arkansas along the Little River.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Horatio, Arkansas, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D610
Copyright: © Judy Lacefield