Category Archives: Reptiles

Basking In His Reflection: Alligator

An Alligator frequently occupies this spot in one of Magnolia Plantation’s garden ponds. I had stayed out on the dike longer than I had intended on this afternoon and it was nearly sundown when I headed for my car.

Alligator and Reflection
Alligator and Reflection

I did have to stop for this nearly perfect reflection opportunity even though there wasn’t much light.

Alligator and Reflection
Alligator and Reflection

Alligator Climb

I watched this Alligator swimming deliberately towards the ramp. He circled underneath and then headed for the low end.

Alligator Swimming to Ramp
Alligator Swimming to Ramp

I’ve seen, and documented, Alligators climbing onto¬† a ramp before so I was pretty sure what was coming next.

Alligator Swimming to Ramp
Alligator Swimming to Ramp

With a heave his head and neck were out of the water.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

And in one motion he smoothly propelled onto the ramp.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

He started to flail a bit and I thought he might not make it.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

He persisted and one of his back legs caught the edge.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

Success!

Alligator on Ramp
Alligator on Ramp

Swimming In The Green

The tide was high and the pond was full which means the water near the trunk that connects the pond to the Ashley River was nearly still. This Alligator left the coveted spot near that movement for an exploratory swim.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed, Shadow of the trunk on the duckweed

He was moving pretty fast at first, with the Duckweed piling up in front of him, like he had a destination in mind.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

I’ve wondered what Alligators see as they swim, their line of sight easily obstructed by objects that don’t look like much when seen from above.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Musgrove Mill Battle Site

This pretty spot on the Enoree River in Clinton, SC, was the impetus of the August 19, 1780 Revolutionary War Battle of Musgrove’s Mill. Possession of this easy to ford section of the river in the rural, agricultural area was the impetus behind the skirmish.

Enoree River at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Enoree River at Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

A modern bridge less than 1000 feet (300 Meters) downstream made this site obsolete for river passage a long time ago.

Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove
Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove

The day I visited a few turtles playing “king of the hill” was the extent of the activity.

Turtle in Enoree River at Musgrove
Turtles in Enoree River at Musgrove