The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge in north Florida is my first love of places near where I live. I have been wandering through this magical forest on both sides of the Suwannee river for the last 10 years. I try to visit the Refuge once a month to watch the creatures who live here, and to experience the way this wild place has changed over time. The seasons, droughts, floods and storms have transformed the Refuge, and my love for it. When I come into the Presence of this wilderness, I recognize that I am entering a holy place, precious and sacred. I leave my other self behind on the highway, and bring nothing unwanted with me to spoil my experience – so brief as it always is. I want to smell it, sweat in it and feel the sun and the rain and even the mosquitoes, because I am here, and am once again a part of this place.