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Atlantic White Cedar Swamp

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Wellfleet in February

"A little over a mile long, the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail is my personal favorite and one of the most interesting on the Cape. Located in a depression created by a glacial chunk of ice, the swamp is just west of a windy bluff in Wellfleet at the Cape Cod National Seashore’s Marconi station site. The trail begins in a wind-stunted thicket of gnarled oak and scrubby pine that gradually descends into a shaded forest. At the bottom of the trail where the swamp begins, a boardwalk guides you into a natural cathedral of weathered cedar trees. A lush green carpet of moss absorbs even the sound of the wind. The silence is remarkable and seems appropriate for a sylvan sanctuary. The dead tree snags take on anthropomorphic features that resemble intricately carved totems in an ancient sacred place. I had tried for several years to capture this image, but was always thwarted by the tracks of previous visitors or harsh light. On this day, the sun was filtered by clouds which brought out the texture of the new fallen snow and I was the first one to witness it." -Jon Vaughan, Photographer

Fine Art Photograph by Jon Vaughan, dry mounted on acid-free foam board, custom cut and hinged on an acid-free matte. Framed In Metal. Additional sizes of this image may be available. Please call (508) 945-1288 for more info.

Processes and Materials

This photograph is dry-mounted and personally hand signed by Jon Vaughan on the back, including the title, location and time of year. It is an open edition print on archival pulp paper with archival pigment inks. Please treat it with the same care you would give to watercolor art - framed behind glass and protected from direct sunlight and excessive humidity. The print is permanently dry mounted on acid-free foam board. Then an acid and lignin free mat (Crescent Select - White Sands) is custom cut and museum hinged to the mounting board. The finished piece is protected in a custom sleeve of high clarity archival Mylar film. All of the mounting, matting and framing is done at Yankee Ingenuity. Bob Korn, of Bob Korn Imaging, printed this image, as well as all of Jon Vaughan's images since 1981.

About Jon Vaughan

Jon Vaughan is an award-winning photographer and the author of Coastal Effects, a photographic tribute to Cape Cod. A self-taught photographer, Vaughan has been photographing the Cape for more than 30 years. In pursuing the challenge of being in the “right place at the right time, Vaughan has captured many of the extraordinary moments common to this spectacular coastal paradise. His work is widely collected and can be found in thousands of private homes and collections, and at his gallery, Yankee Ingenuity, in Chatham, MA.

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