Alligators!

by Spaceman One-Seven January. 30, 2021 215 views

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)...

  1. A group of alligators is called a "congregation"
  2. American alligators can grow to be about 10 or 11 feet long, and can weigh around 1,000 pounds
  3. 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,

Spaceman17

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.

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Chuck Staruch 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Great shots! Have a friend in Florida who was walking on a bike path when this monster alligator 🐊 came onto the path about thirty yards in front of them.
They snapped a cellphone pic and took off!
Needless to say they don't walk on that path anymore.

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Spaceman One-Seven Replied to Chuck Staruch 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds reasonable to me! Thanks for your note, Chuck. Last year, we came upon a part of the path where there were 2 alligators were laying across the path. Everyone who was on the path stopped, looked and then turned around. They can be pretty unapproachable, even when they're sitting still. smile Thanks again for your note.

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Helen Anders 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Omg, did you ever capture some great photos of the alligators! I really enjoyed scrolling through and was amazed by each and every one.  I have never seen an alligator in the wild!

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Spaceman One-Seven Replied to Helen Anders 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Helen, for some reason, they were out that day, and to think - these guys are about an hour southwest of Houston! Maybe someday you'll be able to visit Brazos Bend or a similar spot and see them in their house. Thanks again for your note.

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Helen Anders Replied to Spaceman One-Seven 7 months, 3 weeks ago

That would be so awesome.  I will definitely put that on my list! 😊

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