Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Off Go The Explorers Again

     Yesterday mom and dad went exploring again, this time to a place called Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge.  They hiked for hours, took lots of pictures, sunned and read in the middle of a field overlooking a mostly-dried-up pond, and got to see, almost up close, a couple of alligators napping in the sun.

     The first one looked fake, almost.  It was shiny and black, and was sunbathing about 10 or 15 feet from a large bird that seemed not to even care about his closeness.  Dad estimated that the alligator was at least 8 feet long, and these shots are the best he could do without getting in the water for a closer look.  The second picture is another one they saw on their way out of the park, and was lounging in only a few inches of water in the middle of a different pond.


  A variety of birds bathed and splashed in the water, and some of the tree-lined trails were tunnel-like, with Spanish moss and vines enclosing them as they walked.          

     Parts of the park had a primitive feel.  Thick, ancient tree trunks, knots of vines dangling from limbs and twisting in every direction, Palm fronds waving about- it felt as if they were back in prehistoric times.

They came home pink-faced and worn out, but said they had a great time. I would like to have gone with them, but I'm not much of one for hiking.  Besides, who wants to just look at a bunch of trees, water and birds?  Okay, the birds, maybe, but, oh, nevermind...


Old Kitty said...

Alligators, Birds and trees, oh my! Alligators!! Wow!!

We can't see the second pic but the first one is enough - what a creature! Yikes!! Awww but we love these ancient reptiles!

Yay for mum and dad exploring! They go to absolutely amazing places! Thanks for sharing!

And Orbit - better to be curled up on your favourite chair! Take care

William said...

I think the Doras could have brought you back a bird or two. There's just no excuse!

Daisy said...

Those trees are beautiful! We sometimes see alligators in the lake behind our house. Cats and dogs have to be careful of getting too close to the edge of the water!!!

The Lee County Clowder said...

Orbit, you're probably a lot happier staying home. Food, water, litter boxes, and comfy chairs at home. All kinds of critters who wound eat you out amongst the trees.

No problem make that choise. (for us, anyway)