Ha, almost published with the wrong identification! Just caught myself in time.
Because the juvenile Little Blue Heron is pure white when young they easily get confused with the Snowy Egret. To add more confusion a young Snowy has leg coloring like a Little Blue.
Probably too much info for non wildlife/bird people so I’ll stop.
The original direction here was reflections and marsh mud. With a good angle and camera settings this pluff mud actually makes a nice back ground. Pluff mud smell can knock you over but luckily technology has not come far enough to include it here.
There isn’t much water in this marsh now, and the critters love the easy fishing. I have caught an enormous number of nice detailed images here. Most just have too much mud to publish.
First topic here, this really old and ugly Alligator. In the wild Alligators can live up to 60 years. That’s a long time in an inhospitable world. The old guys have seen their share of fighting and wounds. This one looks to be missing most of his snout. I have seen some huge ones with very few teeth.
I couldn’t get a decent angle. It didn’t seem prudent to ask him to move either.
Above, like the first big guy, the Alligator is digging into the mud. It’s now winter and 12 foot (3.6M) gators need to hunker down.
A big hole would be perfect. Covering up in a mud works too. It’s hard to find holes the size of a small car.
Alligators don’t hibernate, but when the temperature gets low their body slows down and they deep sleep.
When a sunny day comes along, everybody is out catching some rays.