Walking A Dike, Alligators

Walking A Dike, Alligators

The big wildlife areas here are criss-crossed with large dikes. Walking them is the best way to move around, as long as the grass is not tall.

Tall grass means lots of bugs, and it hides the Alligators. While walking you will get ‘surprised’ by a huge splash going into the water off to your side. Sometimes closer than you would think.

Unfortunately the ticks and fire ants don’t give any warnings.

Walking A Dike, Alligators
Walking A Dike, Alligators

The sides of the dike have a ‘cut’ down below. Erosion from the moving water between a dike mud wall and the reeds/grass.

The photo above was taken by looking down the side, 2 meters or so high. When I shoot like this I avoid the obvious ruts going over the sides. This are gator trails. We walk the dikes, they climb over them.

Walking A Dike, Alligators
Walking A Dike, Alligators

On a slow day, when I have few photographs, I walk a dike. The big locals rarely fail me.

5 thoughts on “Walking A Dike, Alligators”

  1. Whoa! Stay safe out there, you and Ellen. That swampland is sure some challenging murky territory with the gators lurking around 👀 Don’t even get me started asking about fire ants—yikes!!

    1. 😂😂, thanks. Actually the Alligators are not much of an issue. They are there and a little respect on both sides means almost never is there a problem.

      Fire Ants… nasty work. The good news is they have visible ant mounds and you avoid them. Only takes once and you never forget (I have never been attacked). They swarm, and somehow coordinate when to bite… in mass. A South American transplant that likes our hot weather.

  2. Dead on – it’s the little creatures you need to watch out for, the gators we’ve encountered have pretty much ignored us (especially the ones in Texas) – the fire ants… completely different story. One of my dogs stepped on one of their hills last year and poor thing was hobbling for the rest of the day.

    1. We have them all around yet I have missed the pleasure. Only a matter of time though. But the ‘red bugs’, there are times you would think we had been hit with buck shot. They are bad and take days to go down.

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