Friday, May 6, 2011

Sea Pines Forest Preserve: Alligators


These are a few of the alligator photographs I took while hiking Sea Pines Forest Preserve.  The diversity of beauty I found here fascinated me.  From lakes and swamps, trees, turtles, birds, flowers, water reflections (even horseback riders)... well, it was a camera happy morning!  The above I am entering in "Weekend Reflections".  It is not a b&w photo, but it certainly looks like it.


For every photo you see of Sea Pines, I suffered the mosquitoes!  I hadn't brought along any bug spray - the noise of their buzzing filled my ear and they swarmed my sweating skin the second I paused.  I clicked QUICKLY!  The next morning I visited an Audubon park and remembered the spray - photos of that place will be up next week - I have AMAZING photos of a baby alligator I can't wait to share. This weekend the last of my photos of this place will be shown.  I still have all of Savannah, GA, to share next week.


A local resident interrupted his jog to point out mommy alligator hiding behind the tall grass.  Her babies were on a log, sunning themselves.  There used to be more, but predators have killed and eaten a few of her babies.  I believe there were five sitting upon this log.


10 comments:

texwisgirl said...

those little alligators are so cute! i wouldn't want to meet up with a grown up, tho. :)

Sadami said...

Dear Margaret,
Your photos are always lovely. You even make alligators pretty and cute.
Cheers, Sadami

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Your pics are great -- though alligators creep me out :)

Rosie said...

These are gorgeous, Margaret! And those little ones are just too cute! I also enjoyed joining you on your walk around Charleston!

snowwhite said...

The mother is scary, but babies are cute and look like lizards. It must have been a rare chance to take photos of babies of wild alligator from such a close distance. Great shots.
Have a nice weekend.

'Tsuki said...

Excellent subject of reflection ! The first one is my favourite : it is so threatening and so quiet at the same time : I just love the sensation.

James said...

Wow! These are amazing! I especially like the top and bottom shots!

Ginnie said...

UGH! They look so prehistoric! Why does that make me shudder?

Margaret said...

I agree, prehistoric indeed! Absolutely no soul in there. I will be posting photos next week of a baby alligator that thought we were going to feed the turtles. Really creepy, when my daughter and I realized it was watching US!

Ginnie said...

UGH. Alligators look so prehistoric to me, Margaret. But at least I can look at them, which is something I can't say of most snakes!