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Old 04-19-2019, 07:13 PM   #16
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Bayou, i love the gnarly base of that tree. I always liked spending time outdoors with my kids.

I have a video I'll try posting. We went to Gatorland. Only to view the birds, many egrets. I was lucky to get an egret photo with its breeding plumage.A funny thing-d1c9d68b-d7d2-4c51-a630-d0bbb59cd85a.jpg
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Unable to post video here.

There are small trees growing in the water around the gators. These trees will have about 4 egret nests. They know raccoons and other predators can't get past the gators to the nests.
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We come across a lot of old cypress trees too. Really have no clue how old they are
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Running through the swamps
Big gator here

Sometimes I misjudge the water depths

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Bayou, great photos. wish I were there. I’d love that. Swamps are eery but have an unusual mysterious beauty.

Im in awe of those century old trees when I think about all thats happened in the world, the wars, the holocaust and much more and those trees lived thru it all.

Don’t think I’d want to be ‘in’ the water. You ever have any trouble with cottonmouths?

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No trouble with them. I see them all the time though. They are easy to spot, they open their mouth real wide and whichever way you go they turn their head. They have a distinct odor too. A swampy dank smell, hard to describe but you can smell them before you see them.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:18 PM   #22
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Last year I had to abandon ship. I hit a huge wasp nest. I immediately jumped out of the boat. My partner stayed in there. He didnt fare so well.
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Theres a woodshop here that sells cypress knees. They’re boiled, cleaned an polished. ones with several knees are really pretty but pricey.

Edit: oh wow, not sure what I’d do.

Is that green stuff in the water duckweed?

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Sure is
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Yes itís duckweed. Sometimes in the summer the canals become impassable.
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A favorite haunt for fishing on the Chesapeake Bay here in Virginia Beach, the parking area used to be a mix of sand and gravel, with approximately a dozen of these scattered about. The southern live oak, Quercus Virginiana. Alas, the city cut all but a couple down, paved over almost everything. Now, bathrooms, boat ramp, taxpayer money utilized for the privilege of now having to pay to park and fish there. Things used to be so much more simple. Drop by for a few minutes in passing, at lunch break to toss a line, 3 am during the cold and wind of the middle of December in the hopes of a Striper run. Sad, seems nothing is sacred. Practically no stone(or shell) left unturned, charming old structures raised to the ground, practically no tree spared from being ripped at the root in order for the city to make another buck. Yet, taxes increase. They always increase. Imagine all those trees have endured throughout a lifetime. Brought down by "progress", and greed.

Having spent many days and many nights at that place, all kinds of weather, calm winds to a nor'easter blow, times of joy, or perhaps time needed to just get away from it all, I know.....but how did a young man from Duluth Minnesota seem to know about those "haunted frightened trees", those little crests in sand along the beach, those "circus sands", how they resemble little circus tents beneath that diamond sky. One hand waving free as I cast yet again, and again. That, I do not know. I ain't gotta. Thanks, Bob.

Then take me disappearin’ through the smoke rings of my mind
Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves
The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach
Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free
Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves
Let me forget about today until tomorrow


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Great stories and pictures everyone!
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not a good picture of the tree but my daughter and I had a little time to kill while I was in Lafayette the other day so we went to Avery island where they make tobasco sauce to kill a few hours. This tree was planted for Grover Cleveland in the 1800ís. Donít remember the exact year. Thatís just amazing to me.

While we are talking about creatures we walked out to a small island and she was trying to get a closer look at these smaller alligators. when she got out to the end I asked if she saw the five footer she walked right past. She never saw it.

really scary....
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Actually they are not too scary. They avoid people at all cost in my opinion. In the spring during mating season they are really loud. You can hear the big ones from far away. Don’t see them in the winter and the larger ones seem to come out more at night during the day. I eased up on a big one, 10 foot or so one day using my trolling motor. He was sleeping at the top of the water. I tapped him on the nose with my fishing rod. He let out the largest hiss and just went down under water. I’m an avid hunter. I can tell you I’ve never felt more alive wading through chest deep water, 5am in the dark with a full moon. You know they are there but just don’t see them lol. Talk about an adrenaline rush. They are a pain if you hook one with a spinner bait. I’ve never deliberately caught one. But they destroy the bait or you can’t get the hook out. If I see one close when I’m fishing I avoid them but they will chase your bait down when you try to get It away from them.
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They can move fast on those stubby (muscular) legs.

I was told yrs ago that us humans, while standing, appear huge to gators.

We kayak in rivers where can get rentals. No one ever has trouble with them. Mostly if we see them sunning on a bank we hear a plop as they drop into the water.

Especially on weekends the river can be full of kayakers where you can look ahead or back and see another kayaker. I kind of like that.

When we're the only ones on the water and you hear big bull gators let out that loud roaring bellow and you can't see them cause they're off in a little side tributary, well, I feel just a tiny bit scared.
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