I talked to a young man from out of state who had never been there & he was a little freaked out by the experience of walking within feet of an alligator - he was worried about the children who visit. My reply.... everyone must be careful... this isn't a zoo. They do keep baby alligators in the nature center for touching/petting and up close examination - but visitors need to remember this park belonged to the alligators first. One of the signs (don't know if it is new) said - don't enter the water - leave the water for the alligators. With that message in mind, there is no swimming or boating at this park (for good reason). Hope you enjoy a few pictures from my latest walk.
|40 acre lake - nice to see all the water|
|bull alligator - missing front right foot|
|40 acre lake trail|
|a nice little patch of false garlic wildflowers already in bloom|
|Yikes!! Don't pick those flowers!!|
|This guy wouldn't move - Creekfield Lake|
|another fallen tree|
|white tailed deer|
With warmer & sunnier weather approaching, hope everyone gets a chance to go outside - it does wonders for calming your nerves. For those who are interested - these were all SOOC, used my longest reaching lens (70-200) - of course - who would get those close to those gators? Also curious - when you go out on a nature walk, do you carry 1 zoom lens or multiple lenses? What about a tripod? Since I'm able to visit this park fairly often, I've decided to dedicate each walk to a certain type of photography - zoom, macro, landscape, etc. then carry only that lens (although most of the time I do carry a another short lens in a small bag - just in case). I don't carry a tripod either - another thing on my list to master (right now it just frustrates me).