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Alligator In A Rice Field

A large number of the South Carolina coastal marshes were once rice fields. Rice, unless wild from a long time ago, is long gone.

However, the Alligator is still there. An old approximate ‘guess’ by the state was around 100,000.

Alligator In A Rice Field
Alligator In A Rice Field

The large ones are out in far marshes like this. But smaller ones can be found in any fresh water pond.

Alligator In A Rice Field
Alligator In A Rice Field

These photographs are from another recent day when things were quiet and I walked down to catch some ‘gator shots’.

Alligator In A Rice Field
Alligator In A Rice Field

This one was moving around slow by the ‘trunk’ that lets water flow out to the tidal marsh. It’s usually an easy place for them to fish.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Watching The Children, Alligator

It’s the little ‘chirping’ sounds that give them away every time.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

Usually you can’t spot the very young ones without their noise, and movement. This group was very young, probably no more than a few weeks old.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

I counted five, but there could have been twice as many in the weeds. They were only about 6 – 7 inches long.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

Alligator is the only reptile that will stay with young after they hatch.  I’m sure the female was near though I never did see her.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

For now they are the prey not predator. They need protection for at least a year, but stay near ‘mom’ for around three years.

Old Acquaintance, Alligator

After a while you get to recognize some of the locals.

Old Acquaintance, Alligator
Old Acquaintance, Alligator

The older ones have scars and markings received over the years. Here I found one that had several teeth protruding from the lower jaw. I have seen him around for a long time.

Old Acquaintance, Alligator
Old Acquaintance, Alligator

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

Dike Filled With Alligators, Multiple Images

A photo walk down a dike trail here.

This was a day that started out hot, sunny, and slow. As usual the Alligators gave me some subjects.

Below is looking down the side of a dike, on the left, that separates two large marshes. Each being hundreds of acres, and no count of how many Alligators. This is also the domain of the bigger Alligators, smaller ones stay out further since they are not safe here.

You can walk the left side dike until the trail leads into the far woods. It can be tricky since the Alligators do cross, grass has bugs, and ‘other critters’.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

Above (click to enlarge) you can see multiple gators out in the open, both in the water and on the banks. Note; while proofing I enlarged and then zoomed around. Found 4 more,

Part of the dike was clear and I could see down the trail so I walked on down, Ellen watching and shooting on the other side.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

I wanted something to photograph so I came up with a plan; walk halfway down and take a single photograph of each Alligator that I could. Some might not be in the clear, those I skipped. Shooting a single image of each gives an idea of just how many you meet along the way. Like the first one above.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

Above was still at the very beginning. Look past the big guy sleeping and you can the spot I took the Dike photograph from.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

Next this one slipped off the bank into the water towards me (and the deeper canal).

Some will completely ignore me, others like this one wonder why I’m there, and the most interesting…panic because I scared them. They ‘belly flop’ into the water for safety. An 800 pound splash is loud.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

This one above was swimming past but spotted me and came to a slow stop. I think he was originally heading for the dike I was standing on. They can wait for a person to go by and then quickly climb over the dike down to the second marsh on the other side.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

Looking down the side towards the water this one was just walking on to the bank. This is about 12 feet (3.6 meters) down the slope. It made a clear image because the grasses and reeds had been cut back recently for repair work. Dikes take a beating with this weather.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

Looking back where I had just walked I noticed another sleeping body. The tall grass had hid the bottom there. Which is why it’s best to walk when there has been at least some cutting.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

This guy was a jumper, a loud splash. He saw me long before I knew he was there. I heard him and kept walking knowing he would swim towards the deeper middle. Alligators move to the middle of the canal for safety. They dive under and swim quickly away if  uncomfortable.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

As I was getting to about the mid way point two heads floated up and around, doing nothing at all.

Dike Filled With Alligators
Dike Filled With Alligators

Just as I was ready to turn back I was getting the ‘curious look’. With the exception of this shot all my attention had been on my right hand side, as I walked down using the first photo here as my guide for this.

Ha… I paid no attention to anything on the left.

This article is a bit long so I may or may not publish the return walk. It’s really just more of the same. Fun though.

Thanks for tagging along.

Big And Curious, Alligator

As I started to move through some tall grass this guy slipped over the bank into the nearby water. A big splash let me know.

Big And Curious, Alligator
Big And Curious, Alligator

I don’t like going in the grasses but will if it’s for a short walk. I admit that I don’t like not being able to see all around, but really it’s the bugs not Alligators.

Big And Curious, Alligator
Big And Curious, Alligator

The bugs chased me off so I only caught these three shots.

Big And Curious, Alligator
Big And Curious, Alligator