Gator Lake Wildlife Walk

by Bethany Plonski June. 13, 2019 240 views

Some four (and six) legged friends from St. Andrews State Park in Florida.

American lady

American lady

Brown anole

Brown anole

Green anole

Green anole

First time I've ever seen a gray squirrel with white spots

First time I've ever seen a gray squirrel with white spots

I think this might be a cotton rat...or an escaped guinea pig? :)

I think this might be a cotton rat...or an escaped guinea pig? :)

One of the best surprises of the day came right as I was leaving the park and noticed three deer peeking out of the woods along the side of the road. I stopped to watch them but stayed inside the car because I didn't want to spook them. Before long I had company - at least three other cars with people who stopped to get out and look (starting a traffic jam in the meantime).

This little buck looks sweet and innocent here, but when he saw the people get out of their cars and step toward him, he lowered his head and started walking right up to them like he was warning them to leave. Scared them right off!

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Riyaz 7 months, 1 week ago

What   a beautiful set!  Lovely work!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Riyaz 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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Heike 7 months, 1 week ago

Beautiful set! What a great place for animal lovers!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! I've been looking forward to going back ever since the first time I visited last summer. Always fun to see different kinds of wildlife in a new place. smile

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Rob Marson 7 months, 1 week ago

Fabulous detail on these. Superb+1

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Rob Marson 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much!

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Jay Boggess 7 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful nature series! Love the color,  fine detail & compositions!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Jay! It was such a joy to be out there. smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 7 months, 1 week ago

My pleasure, Sis!
I can imagine!!!

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Andi Saw 7 months, 1 week ago

blue heart

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Andi! Hope you are doing well. smile

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Russell Smith 7 months, 1 week ago

#13 I looked at this one and the thought that ran through my head was . She is Giving Raspberries to the other ones because in her mind you liked her better than the others. This is a great series. #6 I do believe you are correct .

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! I had one other shot of the same deer with her tongue sticking out (facing the camera directly though) but it was pretty out of focus. I guess she was just a sassy lady! smile

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Lynn F Medley 7 months, 1 week ago

Wow! Great captures and scenic walk!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Lynn F Medley 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you, Lynn! It was really beautiful, just slightly nerve-wracking because of all of the "Beware of alligators" signs along the trail. But totally worth it. smile

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Sherry Hill 7 months, 1 week ago

such great moments captured.. i had never heard of a cotton rat, had to look that up.. cute little fella tho..
and the deer shots, incredible..

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much! I was thrilled about the deer, they were so close! This was my first time seeing a rat outside in the woods too. He was busy sniffing after something and didn't even seem to notice I was there.

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Björn Roose 7 months, 1 week ago

Great series again, Bethany smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 7 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! Being out there with all these animals was the highlight of the trip. smile

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Bob Rosenberg 7 months, 1 week ago

Great photos, Bethany, especially the close-ups.  Although it looks like some of those deer might have been snorting coke.  smile . 
And thanks for "favoriting" some of my Africa photos.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bob Rosenberg 7 months, 1 week ago

Thanks, Bob. laughing I probably should have alerted a park ranger...
It was hard to even choose favorites from such a nice collection!

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