This summer I have taken photographs at two marshes. They could not be more different.
On our annual summer visits to Alaska, I always make a few visits to Potter Marsh along the Seward Highway right out of Anchorage. The elevated boardwalk there provides excellent views of the marsh and the birds nesting and visiting therein. Below is a panoramic image taken in late May. In the background are parts of the Chugach Mountains on the left and, on the other side of Turnagain Arm, the Kenai Mountains on the right.
Olympus E-M1 (35mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO200)
This week I visited a marsh near Avery Island, Louisiana. Like Jefferson Island, Weeks Island, Cote Blanche and Belle Isle, all in Southern Louisiana, Avery Island is not a true island but the result of a salt dome extending upward out of the surrounding marsh. The panoramic image below was taken near the north edge of Avery Island right before sunset. I was standing by the highway on the “shoulder” which was a steep incline into the canal.
Olympus E-M1 (20mm, f/8, 1/80 sec, ISO200)
These two marshes differ in so many ways as can be seen from the above images. One major difference is insects. I have never been bothered by insects at Potter Marsh. On the other hand, it seems that every time I make an early morning or late afternoon visit to a marsh in Southern Louisiana, I become a meal for biting flies.
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