From below sea level, the sky looks infinite. Gulf Coast sunsets are some of the sweetest, longest. Set against a backdrop of clouds, the flatland is a vast, natural theater. For a long time, I was unaware of these magical places right in my backyard: The holy blue springs of North Florida, the brackish wetlands surrounding New Orleans. Here, fresh water mingles with salt water, and the smell of the Gulf is never far. We measure our seasons by seafood: Crawfish, crab, shrimp and oyster. Cypress trees raise their fluted roots in the wet season. Turtles peer up from the swamp like floating rocks.
These photos are from the coastal plains of the South East United States, a quickly vanishing ecosystem. Despite conservation efforts, Louisiana loses a football field of wetlands every hour. I think many outdoor photographers, myself included, feel a need to document and share these places in the hope that others will recognize their importance and make efforts to preserve the coast–so that future generations can keep chasing the sunset.