You have to drive a little ways farther to get to the actual rice fields/refuge. And it was another sweltering day, but I'd have to say it was worth it! It was a pretty enough spot, but the few gators we saw were absolutely priceless!
See the dark blob floating there in the middle of that reddish water? Well, of course it's an alligator! This is Carrie behind the camera, remember! (I know, I know. That might not help - I DO take pictures of EVERYTHING!!) But it's amazing how such a big creature can kind of just blend into the larger scene... If he were just hanging out on the side for instance, or were more underwater, like they often are, with just eyes and nostrils/nose bumps sticking out...? Do you think you'd know he/she was there?
More dots on sand. Hmm, where did we just see that? Yup, Skidaway. And what were they? Yup, crabolas! And here are another ton of them, and they haven't spotted the looming photographer yet!
One of the pretty, long pools.
Across the way (not in the NWR), were fields of water hyacinth.
So there you have it. Hope you've enjoyed all the alligators (and aren't just happy that part's over with!). I sure did. Was always a definite highlight of this trip for me!!!
And so glad to have had the long lens...