The geographical term I chose for this week’s prompt is wetlands. That is to say, areas of land that link water and land together. Some of them are always wet, while others can go through periods of being as dry as regular land depending on the season. Wetlands include swamps, marshes, and bogs.
I chose this term because one of the places I grew up in used to be a wetland before the land was drained and turned into farmland. It’s a beautiful place, but the mosquitoes there are overwhelming in the summer. I’ve often wished that my ancestors had left it the way it originally was and built their homes somewhere else instead.
1. Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination by Barbara Hurd
2. Swampwalker’s Journal: A Wetlands Year by David M. Carroll
3. Danger in Blackwater Swamp by Saundra Kelley
4. Birds of Lake Pond & Marsh: Water and Wetland Birds of Eastern North America by John Eastman
5. The Ghost Orchid Ghost: And Other Tales from the Swamp by Doug Alderson
6. The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise by Michael Grunwald
7. The Geese of Beaver Bog by Bernd Heinrich
8. In the Salt Marsh by Nancy Willard
9. Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Thomas F. Yezerski
10. The Bog by Michael Talbot