Usually articles here tend to cover a single subject. As often as we shoot it seems easier to keep track of the work.
Here I wanted to grab a few individual photographs, all taken at the same time and location. Maybe give a general idea of just what can be found on any given day.
So; this is what I saw.
And of course what can be more interesting than huge ‘gator butts’. These two were getting what shade was available by climbing into an uprooted tree. They were fairly large. This particular marsh doesn’t have many smaller Alligators. They tend to stay in the denser places for safety. Big Alligators eat small Alligators.
No trip is complete without the Great Blue. Most times there are a few around. Down low they will shy away from us, perched up high they are secure enough to ignore us.
Above is the far side of an old, and large, rice field that is inaccessible. The dense swamp grass is like a huge wall that people cannot get through. I know what lives in there, and even the birds stay on the edge.
A series of dikes separate rice fields, salt marsh, and creeks. One side may be low, like above, while the other is in high water. The dikes are walls between the marsh sections, and highways. Everything walks on top of, or over, these dikes.
Lower water brings in the wading birds, like these young Wood Storks.
These are a few photographs from a marsh walk. The heat drove us out after maybe 2 1/2 hours. A lot can happen in that time though.