Before moving to the Lowcountry I had photographed Alligators here. However I don’t think I appreciated just how common they were. No matter what you may think of them they make for great photographs when out in the boonies.
All the photos above were taken in old rice fields within the Donnelley Wildlife Management Area. These particular rice fields are part of 8,500 acres of connected marshes. A single female Alligator lays about 50 eggs pre year. Survival rates are low. Even so, that many eggs per female, every year for centuries means there are a lot of these critters in those marshes.