I meant to identify the trees on the island when I posted this picture beforehand – I don’t think it is too poetic to think that the branches appear to be flowing away from the trunk, like seaweed or reeds in a stream – or flames in a strong wind. I’ve never noticed this before, but it really is quite striking. The trees are Swamp Cypress, Taxodium distichum, a deciduous tree whose autumn garb is a rich tawny gold.