May 23, 2011

Bivalve strand

To my surprise, the path to those pools was crunchy.

That’s when I looked down and saw these freshwater clams.

Freshwater clam bed of Barnes Strand

It’s the closest thing you’ll find to a channel in the swamp,

and as dense a bed of freshwater clams I've yet to see.

Well-defined channels like this are rare in the Big Cypress Swamp

Here’s a panoramic photo that gives you a view of where it leads.

The channel led to one of the swamp's few drought-proof spots

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