National Geographic : 1974 Oct
Deep in the Devils Pocket, a swamp near Bessmay reflects its own stately images (left). Called a baygall from the association of gallberry holly and red bay and sweet bay trees, such remnants of the Thicket primeval shield alligators and orchids. Armadillos that invaded the Thicket from Mexico (above) were served up in Depression days as "Hoover hogs." Now the armor-plated mammal falls prey to few enemies other than automobiles roaring down country roads. An outing of ducklings (below) paddle behind a mama wood duck. Once a threatened species, the wood duck has increased its numbers in recent years under the protection of game laws.