These Bewitching Photos Of Rainbow Swamps Reveal The Magic Lurking In Mire


Photographer Jessica Hines built a house on a swamp in southeast Georgia, not far from Savannah. Her reasoning was simple: “It is home to a large number of animal species and seeing the natural world everyday from my windows makes me happy,” she explained to The Huffington Post. It’s not hard to see why.

There is, however, something uniquely enchanting about Hines’ habitat. Every January and February during sunny days, a film of rainbow light stretches across the swamp’s surface. The colors result from plant oils and pollen forming a monomolecular film that reflects and refracts a spectrum of light. Hines compares it to the colors seen on a soap bubble. When Hines noticed this natural phenomenon, she purchased a pair of chest-high waders to photograph the colors at ground level, at their most intense.

“Later in the spring when the color faded to silver, I continued photographing because I had become fascinated by the way light and shadows move across the water and how quickly it all changes,” Hines explained. “I love the meditative experience, the quiet, noticing small details –- tiny green water plants emerging in the spring, the green returning to the trees, mushrooms and fungi on —> Read More Here


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