After hurricane Matthew we took a hike at a large marsh. A dike runs around the marsh, through another, and separates the river from an old canal. Photographer heaven.
The storm caused damaged, but it could have been much worse. The path we took was never completely blocked. Trees were down, but we could find ways around them. The dike is probably 15 feet wide so there is room and only small trees would grow along the banks. There were also plenty of alligators taking advantage of peace and quiet. There’s no one here.
This section is not where anyone hikes so some of them were dug into a comfortable spot…and really didn’t want to leave.
What got our attention was not the ones sleeping or floating around, it was the splashes coming from just ahead of us as we walked. Any alligators lying on the dike banks jumped into the water when we got too close, before we ever saw them.
In the real world alligators want nothing to do with people. It’s not a good idea to be stupid around them, like wading out in the water, walking up to one, etc. Keep a distance and be watchful. Be careful where you walk, because they can blend in as to be almost invisible at times.
The animal above looks like any log you might see. You could very easily stumble right over this one. However, unless you were wearing sandals, and why would out here, you’d be fine. This is a closeup of a baby I spotted.
This one is not.