Gum Swamp Wetland
This one of approximately 20 special sites that have been identified for fencing against the wild hog, a non-native animal that has been present in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park only since the 1950s. It represents an assemblage of native plants and animals that would be seriously impaired by the invasion of wild hogs. The fence was installed in 1984 in a effort to retain the natural character of this site. Just off the beaten path, this enclosure contains a wetland community that is unique to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Early morning is one of my favorite times to photograph around this wetland. The low light and the still water create a mirror like reflection that is wonderful for nature images.
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