I’m not sure if this gator was out to get some sun, or away from the stifling vegetation.
It has never been this thick in my 5 years walking here.
I guess the Gallinule (Moor Hens) like it though. They can walk on top of the leaves and never get their feet wet.
BTW, people have asked about these old wooden ramps. The story is worth repeating.
The owner of the property (and others around) built them specifically for the Alligators. The idea was simple, give them a place to get out of the water… and off any trails used by people.
Well, now the gators have more options.
You can’t fool mother nature.
This is a typical morning at one of the big marshes. It’s actually a very calm place to walk.
As the day gets warmer the locals come out to catch the sun.
It can be very quiet.
When one of the locals is in light like this I never really know what to expect in the image itself. There’s always a chance the end result is all glare.
Thankfully not here.
While an adult he was not all that old, or large. Maybe 5 – 6 feet.
I was out at the local rookery, which is also a favorite spot for Alligators, and he swam by.
There’s something about finding a big floating head (in the right light) that makes me photograph them… over and over LOL
Alligator in a marsh.
Wide shots of a marsh in the ACE Basin.
Egrets, Great Blues, and of course an Alligator or two.
Above you can see the Heron posturing. No others close by, but just in case he wants them to know these marshes are his.
I caught this guy moving by as I was trying to catch the Great Blues territory disputes. They are never really all that far away here making it easy to catch ‘gator bonus shots’.
This time of year contrasts and reflections are there too. Tall grasses are everywhere.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.
I think it was driving him crazy that I was in his spot, LOL.
This ‘local’ was floating around nearby, circling, and in general ‘twitching’ because I was on the dike shooting.
I finally walked away and stopped under a shade tree to watch him.
Yep, swam right to the dike and disappeared into an overhang or hole.
They are so predictable.