Shady Grove on Newfound Creek in Gardendale, Alabama, was a place that immediately struck me as a place that I liked, upon my first seeing it several years ago. It wasn't until two years ago that I first actually photographed it, and have since returned a couple of times. The problem with this little tract of rugged marshy beauty is that unless you have a kayak with you or are sporting waders and willing to brave what can only be snake-infested waters, you're pretty much relegated to the view offered by the road, which isn't all bad.
I hadn't thought about photographing Shady Grove on the occasion presented here; I was really only out for a bike ride (I have begun supplementing my running with biking, though as it turns out, the biking has supplanted the running a bit because I like it so well), when I road past the swamp, decorated as it was with tall grasses and yellow flowers. I was compelled to stop and photograph with the only camera I had on me at the time, my iPhone 4, which isn't all bad.