January 20, 2012

Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river. — Cordell Hull

This photo was taken at the Okefenokee Swamp in Florida. During a Best of America by Horseback trip, the staff all went out and “experienced” the swamp. I, of course, took my camera — and oh what fun was had. There were hundreds of gators in the water — everywhere you looked there were gators. I shot over 900 photos in the short time we were on the river. I was so busy clicking away that I never considered how close I was to these huge, very toothy creatures. Looking back, that boat was awful shallow!

In addition to having more fun ought to be legal with a camera, I to to learn about gators and the Florida swamps.

For example, did you know Okefenokee stands for “The Land of the Trembling Earth“?

And did you know Florida swamp park rangers frown on cowboys who want to rope a gator just to see if they can? I’m not going to name, names — let’s just say there was a lariat that had to stay in the car because a park ranger person caught wind of the plan (I think we actually asked him if it would be okay — it wasn’t). He explained in some detail how roping could hurt the alligator — but there was no mention of how the alligator might win this little tete a tete and enjoy a snack of raw cowboy as the spoils of his victory. I got a kick out that.

Here’s a link where you can explore more of the Okefenokee Swamp on your own: http://www.fws.gov/okefenokee/

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