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Musee Magazine "Susan Guice's images ...were striking as the snake-link salt water, seen from above, encroach into freshwater swamps and form fractual shapes or strangely geometric patterns as they twist and bend, ultimately destroying their destination."

 

Most maps of the Louisiana coastline depict the healthy delta of the Mississippi River as it was a hundred years ago. The maps lie.


The truth? Because of the works of man, the marsh that took the Mighty Mississippi millennia to create is quickly becoming open water. Nearly 2000 square miles of these wetlands have disappeared since 1932.


What was once a vibrant nursery for seafood, an unequaled habitat for wildlife, and a protective barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and New Orleans is now merely the skeletal remains of its former self.


The Louisiana marsh once helped flood waters to safely disperse across the Mississippi delta. Recent catastrophic floods affecting residents all along the Mississippi River were worse because of wetlands loss in Louisiana alone.


Every photograph I take of the Louisiana and Mississippi coastal wetlands is truly a moment in time. These wetlands are disappearing so quickly that what you see here may not presently exist. Government data indicate that every fifteen minutes an area the size of a football field is lost to open water.


When I fly over the marsh, I’m captivated by the sinuous curves of its natural waterway, the coarse texture of the marsh grass, and the rich colors of the reflected sky on still waters and shallow silty bottoms.


But, it’s hard to ignore the ugly slashes of straight lines. These canals and pipelines cut for the oil industry signal the end of days for this unique part of the world.


Enjoy these photographs as you would a rainbow after a thunderstorm. What you see here now may not be here tomorrow.