Greetings to all. Our exploration of Florida continues, and today we want to share some images of a creature we find fascinating. We had lived here a few months but on all our hiking and biking escapades we had not encountered the one prominent creature that is synonymous with this State… alligators. We joked that they must have all been in the far south of Florida getting their teeth polished. Then, on one of our trail walks, we met a fellow photographer and shared our frustration of not seeing any and he assured us they were a very real presence in just about EVERY body of water. As he was saying this, he casually looked to a spot along the shore a couple yards out and said, “see there is a baby one and look over there, its mother.” The creatures had just surfaced and were draped with a coating of algae making for the perfect camouflage. Well we must say from that point on it was like everywhere we went near water there was a gator. Folks they are very real and please take them seriously.
We often see them lying quietly hidden not far from a pathway patiently waiting for an unsuspecting creature to wonder by so they can satisfy their primal instinct to eat. Regularly the news has a sad report of someone lamenting their loss for not heeding the signage. We recall one experience when camping along Fish Eating Creek in south Florida. It was early morn and a beautiful mist blanketed the river. I stood crouched, camera and recorder in hand scanning the shoreline. Suddenly, I heard this loud crunching sound that sounded like someone chewing on a large salad crouton. As I looked toward the noise there it was… an exceptionally large gator crunching on a good size turtle. The gator’s head was positioned upright, rocking from side to side as it arranged the meal between its jaws. Then before I knew it, the show was over without capturing the image or recording the sound. My mind sure captured it however and will not quickly forget it.
We hope you enjoy the images. Don’t forget to check out our USA Through Our Eyes Vimeo site to see some of our recent video productions. So, until next time be safe and keep looking up.