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In Search of Forest Giants

Our first view of the new Blackwater Sandhills Natural Area Preserve.

Michael Lipford and Andy Thompson examine a lightning scar running like a zipper down this tree's trunk.

Old-growth bald cypress swamps are incredibly diverse. Life sprouts everywhere you look.

Old hollow trees provide excellent roosting sites for bats, including the rare Southeastern myotis.

Pods and seeds of hearts-bustin', also known as strawberry bush (Euonymus americanus).

Isle of Wight's vision for the property includes public access, and this area could host a future canoe and kayak landing.

Darren Loomis takes the high road, while Brian van Eerden wades into the primordial ooze.

Late afternoon light filters down through the forest canopy.

“It's just good for the soul to see a big tree.” —Brian van Eerden

We hope you enjoyed keeping your feet high and dry while exploring the Blackwater River! Return to story

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