Baby Gators and More in Okefenokee

May 17, 2013 at 4:58 am (Birds - Georgia, Dragonflies and Bugs, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , )

Baby gator

Baby gator

The nice thing about working in Okefenokee’s back yard is that I can take a trip along Swamp Island Drive after work.  I had heard about the baby gators in a pond from one of the refuge volunteers, but I had not been able to see them.  Until yesterday.  I counted six babies – all under a foot long.  Although they look like this year’s hatch, I’ve been assured by gator experts that these are about nine months old, and they don’t grow much the first winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Okefenokee Swamp at Sunset – Magical…

February 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm (Birds - Georgia, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , )

I took a sunset boat ride into the Okefenokee Swamp two days ago.

It was magical.

 

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Kayak vs Gators – Thoughts on My First Kayak Trip in the Okefenokee Swamp

January 17, 2013 at 5:21 am (Birds - Georgia, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Alligator, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

Alligator, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia

If I can do it, anyone can.  Seriously. Gators notwithstanding.

The hardest part of kayaking is getting in and out of the peapod-shaped craft, especially at one of the backcountry shelters in the Okefenokee Swamp.   But once you’re tucked inside, water bottle between your legs and pack stowed at your feet, you are now part of the current.  It takes a little practice to slice the oars so they don’t slap-slap the water.  Even more importantly, how to raise them so water doesn’t slide down the paddle onto your legs.  But if I can do it, so can you. Read the rest of this entry »

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