Category Archives: Nature

Alligator Crossing

A fellow photographer motioned to me that there was something down over the bank. That motioning wasn’t at all specific, nor alarmed. I was hoping for a Barred Owl, which we had heard earlier.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

No, it was a pretty big Alligator on the move.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

I backed up, and more and more Gator came through the underbrush.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

With my 100-400MM lens at 100MM I could not get the entire beast in my frame.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

As expected the Alligator went straight across the road and dropped into the pond.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

I found out later was that this is a mama Alligator and she had been seen moving young hatchlings into the pond.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

Mushrooms Beneath the Pines

The large cap of this dark mushroom caught my eye as I crossed a large lawn under a stand of pine trees.

Large Dark Brown Mushroom with Small Cluster Behind
Large Dark Brown Mushroom with Small Cluster Behind

The cluster of smaller, overlapping mushrooms behind it was pretty interesting, too.

Cluster of Mushrooms
Cluster of Mushrooms

Taken from above, the cluster looked like buttons, although these don’t look like the button mushrooms sold at the grocery store.

Cluster of Mushrooms From Above
Cluster of Mushrooms From Above

Flowing Fungus

From a distance it looked like something man-made, maybe a piece of trash stuck in the tree trunk by a human.

White Fungus on Tree
White Fungus on Tree

Fortunately it turned out to be nature-made.

White Fungus on Tree
White Fungus on Tree

And quite bizarre looking, sort of like a lava flow.

White Fungus on Tree
White Fungus on Tree

A close up view of the strands:

White Fungus on Tree
White Fungus on Tree