I was in Tallahassee, Florida last week and noticed a swamp as I drove down highway 90 on my way to Georgia. I had never noticed this swamp before, although I’ve driven this back road route to Georgia many times. But on this particular winter morning, sunny, with a temperature in the low 60’s, the swamp caught my peripheral eye and made me slow my speed.
I couldn’t stop to take a photograph, and if I had, it probably wouldn’t have turned out as nice as this one by Michael Hussey.
This rainbow effect happens as the sun shines down on waters filled with decaying leaves. The decomposing leaves release tannic acid, which is found in many plants. This happens every year. Some call these psychedelic swamps.