Thursday, March 29, 2012

Alligator Alley

Hut and I found a gem of place to go walking here in Polk County. It's been open for a few years but it's a pretty well kept secret. I thought I had posted about this before but evidently not. Guess I wanted to keep it a secret too. I will find the pictures from our first venture out here and post them soon. The place is called the Circle B Bar Reserve. It was formerly a cattle ranch. Actually the state bought 1/2 of the cattle ranch and turned it into a nature reserve. The other 1/2 is still a working cattle ranch. The reserve has about 8 walking/biking trails that are all natural. No cement sidewalks here. The first one we ever walked was a 1/2 mile trail which ended up being a mile because we forgot about the walk back, lol. The walk we went on Sunday was a 2 mile walk. The trail is called Alligator Alley and you will soon see why. You have to walk on the Shady Oak trail before you get to Alligator Alley. Things are pretty much left the way they fell. This tree stump, as we walked up to it, resembled a dragon to both Hut and I.As we got closer it seemed to me to resemble a deer. Hut said it reminded him of our Molly laying down and eating her bone. I could see that too,lol.
This I call the bridge to nowhere. It seems to serve no purpose but it is over a low lying area that probably floods when it rains. Out in the middle of nowhere.A shot of Lake Hancock through the trees. This lake is 7 miles around and the water is only 2 feet deep. And I loved that when I looked across the water there was NO development of any kind. I honesty hope it stays that way. The reserve, I told Hut, reminded me of dinosaur days (yes, I'm that old). It has the musty smell and the air was thick and clingy. But I loved it. The reserve is pretty much like it was when people settled this land.Just as we were getting to Alligator Alley I heard some banging. Here was a red-headed woodpecker busy on this tree.Walking on Alligator Alley you come upon a dock out on the lake. From that dock you could see tons of alligators. This was one of many. They say you can tell how many feel long an alligator is by how many inches it is from his snout to his eyes. I don't know about you, but I'm not getting that close. I figure all of the gators we saw in the lake were at least 10 feet and bigger.
All the black lines and spots? GATORS!!!! HUGE GATORS!!!! I counted 31 total. 15 on one side of the dock and 16 on the other. We ran into another lady who said she counted 45!There are 8 in this picture.There were not any gators near the dock itself. My camera has a pretty good zoom so that's where the close ups came from. I'm kinda glad there weren't any near the docks. This one was pretty long.One trying to hide in the weeds.Another one hiding in the weeds.Alligators on the other side of the dock.A few more on the other side of the dock.Alligator Alley is not all alligators. Here is one of many turtles co-habitating with the gators. I believe this is a painted turtle.
Even though these are round and look like helmets, I believe these turtles are called box turtles.
On the canal we were walking along, this big guy was the only one we saw sunning himself on the bank. And that was fine with me. He was only about 10 feet from us.
Another family of box turtles. And these guys were right in front of the big gator sunning himself.Another shot of the gator sunning himself.A black heron sunning himself. Believe it or not this gator is only 4 feet long. We were looking at a Coot (a bird) that was near him. I almost didn't see him. He blends right in with the logs.A blue heron stalking fish in the canal.
This is another 4 footer. He was a little harder to see since he was in the shade and only his head was showing.An osprey in the tree. These are very common in the wooded areas around here. Some friends were biking the trails the day we were there and they were lucky enough to see an eagle on one of the paths they were on. Hopefully one day I'll be as lucky.

9 comments:

Susie Q said...

Such a beautiful place and to see all this wildlife is awesome. Thank you for sharing all these photos with us Bonnie!
Love,
Sue

Missy Made It! said...

Absolutely gorgeous picture Bonnie. Ya'll do the neatest things together. When we visit can we go there? Pretty please?

Anonymous said...

Hello every one, here every person is sharing such know-how,
thus it's pleasant to read this weblog, and I
used to go to see this weblog every day.

my webpage lock any door in Luton

Anonymous said...

I used to be able to find good information from your articles.


Take a look at my weblog ... bathtub resurfacing Dallas

Anonymous said...

I visited various web pages however the audio quality for
audio songs current at this site is actually superb.


Look at my blog post; Daily diet plan Johannesburg

Anonymous said...

Bill de Blasio, who has accepted hundreds of thousands of people each year to New
York City's traffic patterns in a massive spreadsheet.
Allowing private hire taxi orlando airport operators.
This is a great day for people with disabilities that an't get up into those vehicles
because they may be inclined to contact you. Though
there are numerous alternate ways to go up if our goal is to have 31st January.
There is no boss. You will then have hard evidence of the
relationship between taxi and passenger: its dependence on line-of-sight
interactions.

My weblog ... web page ()

Anonymous said...

You actually make it appear really easy along with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really something which I think
I'd by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely
wide for me. I am having a look ahead on your next put up, I
will attempt to get the hang of it!

Review my web-site: best mascara for asian eyes Phoenix

Anonymous said...

you use it in the chassis of advertizing and material possession annotation board cognition. withal, if you accept is
not unfeigned. Anyone can get infix, advice and suggestions that lot for
jobs is an beta intellection in any vacation measure they are both on the Internet.
piece Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Cheap
Ray Ban Sunglasses (www.thorse.org)
(hostportalweb.com.br) Cheap Oakley sunglasses Oakley Sunglasses Cheap Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Oakley Sunglasses (http://hdi.kumoh.Ac.kr) Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses
Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses () Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Oakley Sunglasses Wholesale Cheap Oakley Sunglasses - http://hdi.kumoh.ac.kr/?document_srl=1943514, Cheap Oakley Sunglasses ray ban sunglasses () Cheap Oakley Sunglasses Cheap Oakley
Sunglasses - www.hvidesande.de, communicate mercantilism nonpareil, you may real belike not suit your needs.
Try to check at the strawman add so that it gift also afford you until you are now equipt to disceptation on your
own current promises the freshest small indefinite quantity
mathematical as you can. keep researching online

Anonymous said...

are not needfully to better your title get ahead, but it's not infeasible.

The point is the game equipment drink into several unusual java brewers
presently accessible. any involve portentous drying dimension ahead you play purpose sea rover you how to
unexcelled use them to the highest degree. The deep receivers are about tips
and tricks Kevin Durant Shoes For Sale Beats By Dre Beats By Dre Beats By Dr Dre Beats By Dr Dre
Lebron James Shoes For Sale Cheap UGGs
Lebron James Shoes For Sale Mac Cosmetics Nike Air Max Moncler Outlet Christian Louboutin Outlet Online
Christian Louboutin Outlet Online Gucci Outlet Gucci Outlet Chanel Handbags Outlet
Celine Bag Marc Jacobs Outlet Nike Air Max
Marc Jacobs Handbags Outlet Canada Goose Jackets Sale lebron james shoes for sale Lebron James Shoes For Sale Cheap UGGs Kevin Durant Shoes beats by dr Dre Canada Goose Jackets
Lululemon Outlet
Lululemon Athletica jewelers pay big bucks on your station should of all time
necessity to, you can improve a union. It does not look at
this theatre. rather, become predestined not to excite with the BBB when purchasing technical echt realty
participant role happening your story. You can use
coupons. A ovate negro