There is a small but scientifically significant marsh on the top of Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, Georgia. While my many visits to Pigeon Mountain are for wildflower photography, there’s not a lot of that going on in January, so my wife and two of our grandsons visited the Pigeon Marsh on Wednesday, Jan 23. This marsh was shown to me a year or so ago by Jay Clark, a gentleman with more knowledge of the natural history of Pigeon Mountain than any other I know.
The marsh has standing water in it during the winter, but this dries out during spring or summer. It has been cored by some scientists, who found pollen dating back nearly 20,000 years in the core sample. It was apparently originally a pond, complete with water lilies, but over the millenium filled in to its current marsh status. Here are a couple of more photos:
Note: I has seen this marsh referenced as “Pigeon Mountain Marsh” as well as “Pigeon Marsh.” Since “bog” and “swamp” are synonyms of “marsh” it may also be referenced by one of those terms.