Tree Reflections, Conway SC

Emerging from miles of swamp, the Waccamaw River flows almost black, except at the riverbank where shallower water allows the tannins to show their colour.  There’s no breeze, but currents ripple the water’s reflective surface just enough to be interesting.

Leafless tree branches reflected in tannin-stained river water.

Coming from Alberta, I’m used to clear, headlong mountain streams and to broad, brown rivers meandering across the Prairies.

I’m not accustomed to the swampy rivers that are so common here in South Carolina.  They’re a bit unsettling — what’s hiding underneath all that dark water, anyway? — but they’re also beautiful in their own way.


Reflection of trees in river.



    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – For the top one, yes, I see what you mean but hadn’t thought of it like that. For the second, I really like reflections that are hard to distinguish from the thing reflected.

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