I heard this young Alligator chirping at the edge of a duckweed covered pond. I’ve seen juveniles in this area off and on over the summer and suspect they are now around six months old and about 2 feet (60 cm) long.
From there he headed out into the pond, using his full body and tail to propel forward. I didn’t hear any more chirping and didn’t see any siblings. Or mama.
Then he made a 90 degree turn.
Finally he straightened out and headed for the other side of the pond, leaving a squiggly trail in the thick duckweed behind him.
First decent photograph, that is. It seems like all of the dragonflies I’ve encountered this spring have been frantic, with none of that rhythmic pause, fly off and return to the same spot routine I got used to last year.
I liked the first image as much for the seed heads as the insect. The second image is the same dragonfly, on another nice piece of foliage.
Partly man-made and partly from nature, this green rock-scape caught my eye on a beach on Route A1A in northeastern Florida. Damage from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 was evident with many of the homes overlooking this beach still in ruins. I suspect some may have fallen in.
I’m sure there is a story behind the placement of these pieces, maybe they were part of a wall or dock. The green algae or seaweed that now covers them was a gorgeous shade of green and the whole thing looked like a back drop in an old Star Trek TV episode.
A storm was brewing with dark skies over the ocean adding to the eeriness of this scene. I would have liked to stay and watch how the incoming tide would work its way over this but that didn’t fit the day’s schedule.