Cypress Tree, Study 2, Rice Creek, Florida. 2020
Mature cypress were once found in swamps and along rivers all throughout what is now the southeastern United States. This one, tucked into Rice Creek floodplains along the Florida Trail, is one of the largest and oldest known cypress trees in Florida. By the 1950s, the majority of old growth cypress on stolen Timucuan territory had been logged.
It seems with the loss of so many of these great trees, we have also lost the shade of a certain wisdom.
Without the stop-in-your-tracks, mouth agape, awe at seeing a living goliath, it feels we have also lost some magic, some divine.
This great tree can be found on St Johns River Water Management District conservation lands with the Florida Trail threading north and south nearby.
Captured on Ilford FP4 125 4×5 sheet film with a Ilex-Calumet 215mm lens. Scanned with an Epson Perfection v850 Pro. This scene was composed near Rice Creek Conservation Area in Putnam County, Florida on May 10, 2020.
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