Rainbow Swamp

Picture of First Landing State Park's

Picture of First Landing State Park's "Rainbow Swamp". Taken by Browntideguy on Flickr

Alexis Dayett, Staff

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In First Landing State Park in Virginia, a swamp filled with all the colors of the rainbow was discovered by a couple while they were out taking a walk. Once the photo they took was posted, everyone wanted to know why the swamp appeared as a rainbow.  Jeff Ripple, a former Florida swamp walk leader said, “The rainbow sheen is a thin film on top of pooled water in swamps and marshes that are the result of natural oils released by decaying vegetation or the biological processes of anaerobic bacteria reducing iron in soil.” Many people have went to this swamp to take photos which has caused it to go viral all over Instagram.