By Brian Shreve – Jan 6-17, 2014 Issue

A canopy of hardwoods stare down upon heaped, mystifying swamp forests alive with whitetail deer, alligators and even the occasional bald eagle. Warblers, cuckoos and other songbirds lullaby it all, providing the perfect soundtrack to the sumptuous scene. A mighty, muddy river snakes through the thick of it like a monster artery, sustaining life as it has done for millenniums, just as it did for some of the continent’s first inhabitants.

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