As a man walks along the Natchez Trace, he comes across this sign. It promises peace and tranquility, if only he will venture off of the main path. He is tired from his travels and thinks that just maybe he can escape the heat of the mid-summer day. The shadows of the trees look so soothing that he makes his decision almost immediately.
So off he goes into the narrow pathway that dims away into the woods. As soon as he ventures into the woods, he feels the strains of travel melt
He see these lush green plants growing from a log near the bank of the swamp. He is surprised by the sudden change in the terrain.
He is not worried as he see such beautiful natural contrasts such as these. He is dazed by the designs he see within the nature.
As he is about to enter the water, he is stunned by this blossom of orange in the middle of the browns and greens of the Forrest.
He sits by the waters edge to bask in the uniqueness of these reflection. He notes sharp contrast of the tree that appears to be growing the wrong direction among the lillie pads.
He dreams of the fish that he could catch, hiding from the strong sun under the edges of the pads. He can taste the bass and smell the odor of it frying in his pan.
Then he notices the black surface of the water, yet he can clearly see the bottom a few inches below. He is confounded by the idea that this is not possible.
He looks up and see the explosion of grow as it reflects off of the water near the far bank.
Later as he skirts the edge of a more ominous body of water, he see these wonderful sites on the trunk of a fallen tree.
He is stupefied by the bluish color and vast contrast of these plants.
He see these green leaves turn brown as the sun begins to fade behind the trees.
The he comes to the edge of the swamp. While it looks so slimy on the surface, he is fascinated by what lurks under the millions of tiny green buds that coat the surface.
He thinks that maybe he could brush away some of the leaves to see what is beneath them, but decides against this idea as an alligator slides off of a log and is enveloped below the sea of green.
As he looks closely he see another gator perched sleepily on the log.
It too is disturbed by the presence of a foreigner in its home and slides from sight.
He takes one last took as the sun pierces briefly through the trees for the last time. He then silently walks from this paradise and continues on his journey.......
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Posted by Mississippi Nature at 8:04 AM