Last Tuesday, I headed out to Brazos Bend State Park here in southeast Texas. It's a low, swampy area, about 4,900 acres, which is home to different types of wildlife. Here are a few pictures of the park:
For me, though, the stars of the show are the alligators. They can be seen just about anywhere in the park where there is water. Some interesting facts about alligators (from Live Science)...
- A group of alligators is called a "congregation"
- American alligators can grow to be about 10 or 11 feet long, and can weigh around 1,000 pounds
- The temperature of the nesting site determines the sex of the hatchlings. If the nest site is below about 81, the hatchlings are female. If the nest is routinely about 91 or greater, the babies are male. If the temperature stays in-between, there is a mix of males and females.
Tuesday turned out to be a good day to see these creatures because the previous 3 or 4 days had been cool and rainy, and Tuesday was partly cloudy and warm. So, lots of alligators were out enjoying the warmth...
All the best,
PS - one last photo. I have been experimenting with the neural filters inside Photoshop and liked how this one from BB turned out. The original was almost monochromatic, but the filter produced a surprising result.