An Old Friend Okefenokee Alligator

Unless they are tagged or have some unique scars, American Alligators are quite hard to tell apart. I’m sure there are subtle differences in size and features that could be identified if one spent some time comparing photographs. But for the most part, I can only suspect some of the alligators I’ve encountered multiple OkefenokeeContinue reading “An Old Friend Okefenokee Alligator”

Okefenokee – Dark, Dangerous and Foreboding

“The artist can find in this Swamp scenes for masterpieces – from the beautiful to the somber – for a while there are scenes of unsurpassed beauty, there are others dark, dangerous and foreboding.” Excerpt from the 1926 History Of Okefenokee Swamp by A S McQueen And Hamp Mizell iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/29933513

Okefenokee Alligator Apex Predator

Their status as an apex predator is probably what makes the American Alligator so fascinating and formidable. Apex predators are those at the top of the food chain. They have few, if any, other natural predators. While a big alligator is capable of killing almost any other animal in the Okefenokee Swamp,  the truth isContinue reading “Okefenokee Alligator Apex Predator”

Okefenokee Minnies Lake Worth the Paddle

“Dad, can we go back to Minnie’s Lake today,” my daughter asked. She always loves paddling through the scenic, narrow channel of the Red Trail looking for baby alligators along the way. And then when nearing Minnie’s Lake, the scene opens up as the trees retreat the shrubs back off. There are typically gators galore…Continue reading “Okefenokee Minnies Lake Worth the Paddle”

Making of an Okefenokee Alligator Close Up Photo

My daughter has always been the captain of our canoe. She sits in the stern and controls the trolling motor while I photograph all the critters. But last Christmas she got a GoPro camera, and it came with us to the swamp. Over the course of this four day trip, she collected some great footageContinue reading “Making of an Okefenokee Alligator Close Up Photo”

Okefenokee Alligator Ate My GoPro!

There she lay; just ten feet from the edge of the dock. How could I resist? A big alligator right there within reach of my action camera. I hit record and lay upon my belly, stretching my arm to full length, the camera is only inches from her snout. No doubt this would be someContinue reading “Okefenokee Alligator Ate My GoPro!”

Okefenokee Alligator Pike Pole

Excerpt from the 1926 History of the Okefenokee: “When the Swamp was first penetrated by the pioneer white settlers of this section, and that was not so very long ago, so many alligators were encountered, and they were so large and vicious, that a boatman hardly ever entered the interior without a ‘pike-pole’ for protection.Continue reading “Okefenokee Alligator Pike Pole”

Okefenokee Friends

March 2020 Okefenokee Journal – Last minute packing, under-inflated trailer tires, construction on the interstate, slow drivers… just all the typical things that take place in this hectic world. We arrived in the Okefenokee later than I had desired. But once upon the waters of the swamp, all that was left behind. No cellular signal,Continue reading “Okefenokee Friends”

Focus Stacking an Okefenokee Gator Stack

While paddling through the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, I came upon an awesome scene. Multiple juvenile alligators were stacked upon logs and lily pads in a small cove on Minnie’s Lake. My eyes took in the whole scene and I was overwhelmed with delight and wonder. But my joy was replaced with a bit ofContinue reading “Focus Stacking an Okefenokee Gator Stack”

Okefenokee Alligators – Tolerant, Not Tame

The Okefenokee Swamp presents the adventurer an impressive number of alligator encounters. Large gators often line the edges of Okefenokee’s lakes, like Billy’s Lake, Minnie’s Lake and Big Water. These gators rarely pose a threat to humans, and more often than not they dive into the water before you even approach too closely. But atContinue reading “Okefenokee Alligators – Tolerant, Not Tame”