I’m going to make a new rule for myself… don’t believe anything anyone tells me while out on my photo hikes. Last week I was duped into thinking I’d get to see snakes and this week, it was a gator. Liars!
I had high hopes this time. I already had one gator sighting where I went – St. Andrew’s State Park, Panama City – so I believed! I’ve also photographed a gator while hiking at Blackwater River State Park, but I really wanted to see this one. You know, shake things up a bit. It was not to be.
I think that all the people out on Saturday, pissed off the little lizard (several people said she was only about four feet), and she swam away. Oh, bother. I did get to see a cormorant sunning himself and a juvenile heron. Not as dramatic as a gator, but it’ll have to do for this week.
Before I headed out on my hike, I sent out a call for help deciding where to go… beach or woods. It was split, so I did both. For the first time I opted to visit the beach at St. Andrews and not just the gator pond. I’m glad I did, because I discovered a fishing pier there I’d never seen before. Then, I hiked a nature trail near Deer Lake at Sandestin.
(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, Nikon CoolPix S205 and/or iPhone4)
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That last picture is ridiculously beautiful. You need to be out in the wilds of Africa or something because you are just achin’ to photograph fearful creatures.