I’ve dreamed about alligators all my life, weird I know for somebody New England born and bred (but weird is not surprising for me). Mostly they are scary, big, toothy things creeping up on me (that log? nope, alligator), but sometimes they provide powerful personal growth. I’ve managed to ask the dream alligators for a gift, twice, with really interesting results. If you’re interested in dream work, try it. First work on knowing you are dreaming, then work on remembering to ask the thing that scares you for a gift.
I guess I knew they made this noise (some nature show?), but I never heard it before. Wonder what this will do for my nightime entertainment. They also make a fair amount of noise when they’re moving, except when they are just in the water… when they move so silently,
Here’s the first one we heard, right at the sign by the boardwalk saying to “Listen!” I thought at first that they had some recording set up, until I heard it coming from a couple of different spots.
There were several red shouldered hawks that sat pretty close (the Florida form is not as red), a blue-gray gnatcatcher nest (through a scope that the volunteers set up), some great egrets. There’s been a lot of rain, so the wood storks didn’t nest this year and we didn’t see any, nor any limpkins or spoonbills.
And, the elusive ghost orchid. OK, actually we just saw the tree where it grows. The photo of the boardwalk sign came out better than my photo of the tree (and as you can see it’s pretty fuzzy)
The Orchid Thief is about this orchid. Just so you know, the orchid here has trip cameras set around it, and it’s really high up in a tree, in a swamp, with a lot of alligators that have been strategically placed near the base of the tree.
If you ever find yourself in Naples, Florida, be sure to check out Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. It’s a fabulous place! Volunteers walk around on the boardwalk and are happy to talk with you. It’s like having your personal guide! They even sometimes give night time walks. Maybe I’ll plan a trip around one of those. Talk about fodder for the dreams, eh?
Well… there has been minimal knitting.