Battle Creek Cypress Swamp - Prince Frederick, Maryland
Welcome to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in Calvert County Maryland! This is the northernmost stand of cypress trees in North America. There is a nice little county park with a Nature Center that is a fun place to visit. The boardwalk trail is very easy and only about 0.4 miles round trip. There are some stairs descending to the main boardwalk trail that people with knee or walking issues may have difficulty with. The cypress here are Bald Cypress. There are quite a few in the swamp and their knees are very cool to look at.
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Quick look at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in Maryland.
A drive through the Great Cypress Swamp, on the Delaware/MAryland border.
Cypress Swamp Maryland Delaware line showcasing the witch tree.
The Daily Scales on location from the Cypress Swamp
Rain At Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
The sound of rain is always refreshing.
The overcast sky shed a muted gleam through the trees of the Shad Landing State Park, causing the atmosphere along Corker's Creek to be all the more eerie. Lining the banks were many cypress trees, their gnarled black roots -- the cypress knees -- jutting up from among the shallows of the water. It felt as though we were engulfed in the bony fingers of wooden giants hiding in the swamp. Fresh pine-like scent filled the damp air as birdsong echoed throughout the forest canopy.
Shad Landing State Park provides a great opportunity for individuals or families to be outside and enjoy nature, while at the same time being near major attractions like Ocean City, Crisfield and Assateague. They are a full service park, which means their grounds include hiking trails, creek-side marina where boats can be docked or rented, campgrounds (or cabins, if you prefer), and a pool. As far as boating sites go, Shad Landing has very low boat traffic, giving visitors a chance to enjoy the pristine sights of Corker's Creek without disturbance. The Trail of Change provides access to the cypress swamp, the only swamp of its kind in Maryland.
Coffee and Deer: Deer Management in the Great Cypress Swamp with Ron Haas
This is the first episode of the relaunch of Coffee and Deer, which was previously a Facebook Live based show. Our guest was Ron Haas of Delaware Wild Lands, and we talked deer and property management, biodiversity, and of course, hunting. Ron loves his job managing forest and wildlife resources in the Great Cypress Swamp, especially when he gets to use his skills toward improving deer habitat and hunting opportunities. Join us in the garage as we sit out an evening hunt because of thunderstorms and have a genuine Coffee and Deer discussion.
Jurki's Minute: Cypress Swamp
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in search of The Cypress Army
Come with me on a trip up the St. Johns river in hopes of photographing what I call the Cypress Army, a stand of 10,000 cypress knees. When viewed from ground level they resemble bacon and eggs...no not bacon and eggs, I mean they look like an army.
This also was the test flight of my homemade camera mount. Had a few problems but mostly it worked great.
The rains from 6 weeks ago flooded this area. Lake Harney's flood peaked a month ago but since the St. Johns is one of the laziest rivers in the world it's still flooded today. Look for the high water lines on some of the trees. Unfortunately, the Cypress Army is underwater.
This is a good look at unspoiled Florida.
Snapping Turtle in the Great Cypress Swamp
Snapping Turtle sunning itself in the Great Cypress Swamp and then taking a dip in the ditch.
Calvert Cliffs State Park. Colorful photos
Colorful Calvert Cliffs State Park in the Fall. Photos by John Douglas Parran, 2010.
Restoring Atlantic white cedars in Worcester County, MD
The National Aquarium in Baltimore's Aquarium Conservation Team, along with partners from The Nature Conservancy, Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Maryland Conservation Corps & the Chesapeake Conservation Corps worked with Worcester County students for 2 days to plant 800 trees on a 20-acre site in TNC's Nassawango Creek Preserve. Day #1 included 50 6th grade students from Berlin Intermediate School, a MD Green School. Great job!!!
A Survivalist Goes Missing in the Jungle | Naked and Afraid
All-Star survivalists Jake Nodar and Melissa Miller take on a punishing Florida swamp teeming with poisonous snakes and aggressive alligators. When Melissa becomes disoriented local authorities are called in to conduct an all-out search.
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A short ride through a blackwater cypress swamp in the coastal plains of North Carolina
Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr.
Yolanda Vazquez talks with Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. They discuss the highlights from the 2016 legislative session. Follow Maryland Senate President Thomas V. mike Miller Jr. on Facebook. Taped 05/09/16
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Fredrick, MD Mayor Speaks on Walk A Mile in Her Shoes
Mayor Randy McClement at the 3rd annual Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event put on by Heartly House.
What is BOG IRON? What does BOG IRON mean? BOG IRON meaning, definition & explanation
What is BOG IRON? What does BOG IRON mean? BOG IRON meaning - BOG IRON definition - BOG IRON explanation.
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Bog iron is a form of impure iron deposit that develops in bogs or swamps by the chemical or biochemical oxidation of iron carried in solution. In general, bog ores consist primarily of iron oxyhydroxides, commonly goethite (FeO(OH)).
Iron-bearing groundwater typically emerges as a spring. The iron is oxidized to ferric hydroxide upon encountering the oxidizing environment of the surface. Bog ore often combines goethite, magnetite and vugs or stained quartz. Oxidation may occur through enzyme catalysis by iron bacteria. It is not clear whether the magnetite precipitates upon first contact with oxygen, then oxidizes to ferric compounds, or whether the ferric compounds are reduced when exposed to anoxic conditions upon burial beneath the sediment surface and reoxidized upon exhumation at the surface.
Iron made from bog ore will often contain residual silicates, which can form a glassy coating that imparts some resistance to rusting.
Iron smelting from bog iron was invented during the Pre-Roman Iron Age, and most Viking era iron was smelted from bog iron. The bog iron deposits of Northern and Northeastern Europe were created after the Ice Age ended, on postglacial plains. The dominant source of iron ore in Scandinavia and Russia into the Middle Ages was bog-ore. Even after improved smelting technology made mined ores viable during the Middle Ages, bog ore remained important, particularly to peasant iron production, into modern times. In Russia, bog ore was the principal source of iron until the 16th century, when the superior ores of Ural Mountains became available.
Streams carry dissolved iron from nearby mountains. In the bog, the iron is concentrated by two processes. The bog environment is acidic, with a low concentration of dissolved oxygen. In the acidic environment of the bog, a chemical reaction forms insoluble iron compounds which precipitate out. But more importantly, anaerobic bacteria (Gallionella and Leptothrix) growing under the surface of the bog concentrate the iron as part of their life processes...Their presence can be detected on the surface by the iridescent oily film they leave on the water ... another sure sign of bog iron. In Iceland, the film is called jarnbrák (iron slick). When a layer of peat in the bog is cut and pulled back using turf knives, pea sized nodules of bog iron can be found and harvested. Although the iron nodules are reasonably pure, there aren't many of them. They are, however, a renewable resource. About once each generation, the same bog can be re-harvested.
Bog iron was widely sought in colonial North America. The earliest known iron mine in North America are the mines from St. John's, Newfoundland reported to be in operation by Anthony Parkhurst in 1578. The first mining efforts in Virginia occurred as early as 1608. In 1619 Falling Creek Ironworks was established in Chesterfield County, Virginia. It was the location of the first blast furnace facility in North America.
Lake Massapoag in Massachusetts was drawn down by deepening the outlet channel in a search for bog iron. The Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, on the Saugus River in Saugus, Massachusetts operated between 1646 and 1668. The site contains a museum and several reconstructed buildings. The success of the Saugus Iron Works, and the rapid depletion of the region's natural bog iron, led them to send prospectors into the surrounding countryside. In 1658 they bought 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of land which covered areas that are now Concord, Acton, and Sudbury. They set up a large production facility in Concord, Massachusetts, along the Assabet River with dams, ponds, watercourses and hearths, but by 1694 the natural bog iron there had also been exhausted, and the land was sold for farming.
In New Jersey, bog ore was mined and refined in Central and Southern New Jersey for the production of tools and wrought iron rails (many of which still grace stairs in Trenton and Camden), which take advantage of its natural rust resistance. During the American Revolution, the iron was used for cannon balls for the American colonial forces.
Bog iron was also found on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The remains of a commercial smelting operation near Snow Hill, Maryland are now a state and national historic site. Known as Furnace Town, it was called the Nassawango Iron Furnace after the nearby creek. The commercial furnace ran from about 1825 to 1850.
Suspense: Knight Comes Riding / A Thing of Beauty / Make Mad the Guilty
The program's heyday was in the early 1950s, when radio actor, producer and director Elliott Lewis took over (still during the Wilcox/Autolite run). Here the material reached new levels of sophistication. The writing was taut, and the casting, which had always been a strong point of the series (featuring such film stars as Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, Eve McVeagh, Lena Horne, and Cary Grant), took an unexpected turn when Lewis expanded the repertory to include many of radio's famous drama and comedy stars — often playing against type — such as Jack Benny. Jim and Marian Jordan of Fibber McGee and Molly were heard in the episode, Backseat Driver, which originally aired February 3, 1949.
The highest production values enhanced Suspense, and many of the shows retain their power to grip and entertain. At the time he took over Suspense, Lewis was familiar to radio fans for playing Frankie Remley, the wastrel guitar-playing sidekick to Phil Harris in The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show. On the May 10, 1951 Suspense, Lewis reversed the roles with Death on My Hands: A bandleader (Harris) is horrified when an autograph-seeking fan accidentally shoots herself and dies in his hotel room, and a vocalist (Faye) tries to help him as the townfolk call for vigilante justice against him.
With the rise of television and the departures of Lewis and Autolite, subsequent producers (Antony Ellis, William N. Robson and others) struggled to maintain the series despite shrinking budgets, the availability of fewer name actors, and listenership decline. To save money, the program frequently used scripts first broadcast by another noteworthy CBS anthology, Escape. In addition to these tales of exotic adventure, Suspense expanded its repertoire to include more science fiction and supernatural content. By the end of its run, the series was remaking scripts from the long-canceled program The Mysterious Traveler. A time travel tale like Robert Arthur's The Man Who Went Back to Save Lincoln or a thriller about a death ray-wielding mad scientist would alternate with more run-of-the-mill crime dramas.