My Dot on the Map: Alligators in the Everglades

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We took friends from up north on a drive through Florida’s 500 mile wide shallow, slow-moving river called the Everglades. There are narrow clearings along our favorite 25 mile dirt road where we can see a little further into the cypress forest and find beautiful birds who are looking for some lunch, and other creatures who are drawn to the sun to warm themselves. Today was an alligator day.

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I thought these juveniles would like to play until one of them hissed at me. I listened and showed respect.

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21 thoughts on “My Dot on the Map: Alligators in the Everglades

  1. Wow! Great shot. They are cute but don’t know I would have been brave enough to get that close. We saw a 14 foot gator at Corkscrew Swamp last week but he was too far away to get anything more than a mediocre shot. Wanted to drive through Everglades Nat’l Park but it didn’t happen this trip. We’re back in the frozen north now.

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    • I’m sorry you had to go to the cold, Anne. But there can be another trip – when you do let me know and I’ll tell you where this drive is. I didn’t get all that close because I used a telephoto lens (230 mm) although my husband would argue about my definition of closeness. I have more of the big daddies to come. :)

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        • We love it here as a retirement place. It doesn’t frost here in the winter. :D Continual green and flowers and lots of blue sky. For a northerner we don’t feel we can get much closer to paradise than that.

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    • Thank you so much. I, too, thought the photo captured the mystery of the Everglades and appreciate having someone who knows the area confirm it. I find that it is very difficult to photograph this aspect of it but I really like this one. I appreciate your photo, Ana.

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