When I wrote the post Life... I had plans on going to the park well the weather and my back had other plans. For a week or two either it was raining or my back was at a point that I knew to listen to it and stop take a break. So that is what I did. The first or second week of April I had plans on going to the park and spending the better part of the day there for a week. I was in some serious need for a session of nature therapy. Well I dont know if I have said it before but along the park runs I think it is the Cooper River. The day before I plan on going to the park I watch our Governors briefing. Due to people acting like idiots and rafting their boats together and gathering on sandbars he is shutting down river access. This meant the park was closed. Nuts.... I did not really even pick up the camera. I think I was in a funk. Even the food well it did not inspire me and a few times I went to hop on this site for some inspiration either a cat decided I did not need to see or the site was slower than mud.
Fast forward to May. I think it was around Memorial Day when the park opened partially. At least the trails were open nothing else so I decided to get out. The trails were busy busy and did I mention busy with both people and wildlife.
The Osprey were back at the nest they have in the park.
This guy was still hanging around for the spring. In SC or the Low Country of SC they are a snow bird of sorts.
Cool looking mushroom that I saw on the side of the trail.
Plain Bellied or Red Bellied (same scientific name just regional differences in common name) were doing the deed. It was nice to get out and see reptiles in addition to birds.
Juvenile American Alligators were appearing. These were last years hatchlings so about 18"-24" .On the trail early in the morning I would hear the call of much smaller alligators so I knew there was a nest that was successful from earlier in the spring.
The warblers were back and nesting. So that made me happy. Such brilliant yellow a color I had for clothing and paint but love in nature. Go figure.
Leopard Frog and Mosquito . It was still cool enough that these guys were not super skittish.
The Mama Gator to where the nest was (I suspect) . Her behavior was right for this assumption.
Craptastic shot or an ID shot of a Solitary Sandpiper (common name of the species). The way it was harassing the gator I think it had a nest. However a few days later it became a snack for the gator.
I will leave off here with the shot of the mama gator munching on a fish or small turtle. It is cropped in a bit much for my liking (starting to loose a lot of quality to the file) but the cool factor is there . Skip tomorrows post if you do not like snakes just a warning.