The vast Henderson Swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin in the Mississippi River delta is a feast for the eyes. Along the river's course many old bald cypress can be seen, the branches richly draped with Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides). When I paddled through the swamps with my canoe, turtles and alligators could be seen everywhere.
Unfortunately, most of the swamp trees are "second growth" trees: trees that grew after the original forest trees were cut down. Bald cypress wood was and is very popular in Louisiana and Mississippi as construction wood: to build houses and so on. The few "old growth" swamp cypress trees that can still be found to this day are trees with hollow trunks or other properties that made them less interesting for the loggers.
|Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) "3594"||?||?|
|Bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) "3196"||?||?|