gators! OMGOMGOMG! gators!

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.

Needless to say, I was pretty excited.
corkscrew alligator
my foot, alligator head

corkscrew alligator (3) corkscrew alligator (5)
that’s at least 12 feet of big, and the other is just close

Also heard pig frogs and saw some birds, a black racer, and lots of odonates.

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.
corkscrew redshoulder hawk

Some tree snail,
corkscrew tree snail

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)
corkscrew ghost orchid (2)

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?

knitting?

Well… there has been minimal knitting.

7 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Chris said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    Sounds like a really amazing vacation. :)

  2. 2

    Molly Bee said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 8:49 am

    I am so jealous!!! I forbid you to go to Florida without me next time. Disney-Schmisney. Animals and plants-that’s my kinda trip~!

  3. 3

    Papa said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 9:24 am

    Nothing more enjoyable then walking thru the Corkscrew swamp,with your Daughter and Grand Son. We had a great time and sorry to see them leave.

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    kmkat said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    omg, that sound! Frightening, awesome, majestic, all of the above. Thanks for such great video!

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    Mouse said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    My husband loooooves taking photos of the gators in Florida. I think the general idea is to see how close he can get before he either gets bitten or gives me a heart attack. lol.

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    Yarndude said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    These posts are so fun! It sounds like you’re having a blast.

  7. 7

    Emily said,

    April 23, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

    Who can knit when there are Alligators around? Was there a guide taking you around the santuary?

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