The rain last Friday night made it worth getting out early Saturday morning for a quick jaunt into Devils Hammock. I had a feeling that a combination of abundant rain and warmer temps might get things moving in the 6000 acre wildlife management area.
Besides, the rain had washed the mud off the JEEP and the rough dirt roads through the park would offer plenty of puddles to redecorate it.
I was thinking about birds on the move when I left the house, but they were scarce on this first humid warm morning of 2008.
Turns out, it was their cousins who were out and about ...
A regular perch judging from the flattened grasses behind this basker.
Are we seeing ribs?
Winter is a time of scarcity for gators, but things will get better soon.
The classic "gator on the prowl" view.
If you love the real gator nation like me, you might enjoy this site.
This gator was huge to be lying in a shallow mud puddle fully exposed. He was so intent on soaking up the first true warmth of the season that he never moved, even when I walked to the puddle's edge for the photo session.
When I look at him in a full close up view, I have no trouble picturing dinosaurs.
No trouble at all.
The rest of this little 5 footer's body was up on the bank, as if he couldn't decide on going in or getting out.
I cropped down to show just his pretty face ... and the sweet way his eyes and nostrils are raised just enough to allow him to work while remaining hidden beneath the surface.
Thus ends my tale.
Well, almost ...
...did I mention I'm being duct taped to the cafeteria wall today?
Another post I guess.