Drought has descended on the swamp.
Pools have receded to the point that even the lowest spots are dry.
This is what I like to call "chips and salsa" drought season. What was once (i.e. in the summer) soggy periphyton is now hardened and cracker thin -- not good for eating but crunchy in the marl prairie when you step. As you venture into the domes or strands -- the deep ones at least -- you will still find shallow pools of water in the deepest spots, but those bowls of salsa are vanishing fast. I had heard an El Niño was forming and could bring us some late wet season rain.
Even spot showers would help.
As dry as "chips and salsa" may appear, the presence of the water table close to the surface helps keep the peat in the low spots moist. That can act as a fire break to a degree and also dampen the incursion of hot flames into those areas should a fire occur.
That's not the case with the popcorn drought level one step below.