Photographer's Note

Away from the theme parks and off the beaten paths, there are still some unspoiled places in Central Florida. My eldest son wanted to take a nature walk a few weeks back, so I took him to a spot just a few miles north of, Kenansville, near the place where I took yesterday's picture. This nature reserve is about a ten minute drive off the main road. One of the first things we saw after we parked the car was a mama alligator. She had to have been nearly 10 feet long. She was sunning on the opposite shore of the river. She soon moved into the water after when she became aware of us. A number of her young, though, were right by us on our side us, on our side of the river, so, we made a retreat, in case she was heading our way. Mother alligators protect for their young.

I took this picture as we walked through the woods, following the river. Live oaks, and palm trees were predominant, with saw-palmetto making up a lot of the undergrowth. Many of the trees housed air plants, and spanish moss. In the case of this pictue, ferns were covering this old oak's body. It was peaceful and quiet, and my son and I had it, at least for this day, all to ourselves.

If you ever have a chance to visit Florida, do yourself a favour and spend a few days, or maybe all of them, away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, and see wild Florida.

I copped this shot, and brightened and sharpened it slightly.

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