With their expansive reach and ceaseless tidal rhythm, the great Atlantic salt marshes of the Southeast offer a seemingly timeless view of nature. That, and their austere beauty, make them a tremendously compelling environment to experience. The wide open expanses of these marshes have a striking visual continuity as they are usually composed of only one plant species, Smooth Cordgrass, though more species do appear as the marsh transitions to higher ground. In spite of its paucity of plant species, the salt marsh harbors one of the most productive biological systems on earth.
In this image from the backside of Hunting Island, the marsh transitions into the maritime vegetation growing on a remnant dune ridge.