This is a close up of the slough or wetlands in the Cookeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuge located in western Wyoming. This slough formed when a meander was cut off from the main Bear River channel, thus creating this pond that accumulated fine over-bank sediment and organic material such as peat. This wetland or swamp environment is on one end of the oxbow configuration and continues to receive a flow of sediment from the main channel, creating this wetland marsh.
On the bottom right side of the image, there are tracks made by a variety of birds and animals such as elk, mule deer, and pronghorn that winter in and migrate through the area. This photo contains a vast variety of plant and microbial life, flourishing in this nutrient-rich wetland. For the full story on this image visit the corresponding page on Where Eagles Fly