Category Archives: Nature

Alligators at Mill House Pond

After visiting the sheep one day last week I continued across Middleton Place to the Mill Pond where two Alligators were taking advantage of the afternoon sun.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligators at Mill House

The smaller one plopped down after a short walk across the berm.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligators at Mill House

I had intended to go past the Mill building, but diverted to the left on an Alligator-free route, stopping for a different view of the big fellow.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligator at Mill House Pond

Jumping Fish

Every time I’ve been to the pond where I’ve been photographing the damselflies and purple Iris this month the fish have been jumping. Of course every time I try to capture the action. Finally on April 17th I got one.

Jumping Fish
Jumping Fish

I have no idea what kind of fish, but they are large, at least a foot (30cm) long.

Splash of Jumping Fish
Splash of Jumping Fish

And they make a pretty good splash.

Splash of Jumping Fish
Splash of Jumping Fish

The Alligators don’t appear to follow them, but you can be sure they know where to look when they are hungry.

Alligator
Alligator

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