Tag Archives: Reptile

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

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

Carolina Anole Waiting

I was hoping to see this Carolina Anole catch a bug, but nothing came his way while I was watching.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

I was able to get images from a couple of angles and he just hung there, even his tail stayed still.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

Lastly, a broader view of where the anole was perched, about 5 feet ( 1 1/2 Meters) off the ground. He was still there when I moved on down the trail.

Carolina Anole
Carolina Anole

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