A Pleasant Late Evening Walk

Late last night just as we were leaving the marsh area I happened to take a quick glance to my left where I thought I saw something, ah, I mean someone, lurking in the weeds at the pond’s edge. Sure enough, it turned out to be our good buddy Mr. A who was just about to begin a happy evening stroll over to the salt marsh side.

He was taking his time and simply enjoying a pleasant summer evening. I watched as he made his way out onto the marsh mud at low tide and the last I saw of him he was heading farther back into the reeds where he will likely pick out a nice relaxing spot for himself.

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

Alligator Takes Late Evening Walk

45 thoughts on “A Pleasant Late Evening Walk

    • They have been hit, it does happen but mostly any vehicle traffic will stop. Many a day we have gone out in the middle of the causeway and physically stopped traffic to let one cross. That’s tough to do on a highway though but they rarely will be out on a main road. Occasionally some driver will take an attitude with me about it but that’s just going to have to be too bad.
      Thanks for looking at these photos!

      • Thanks for the reply. It does seem they cross busy roads. I was watching Killdeer at the marsh and they hang out on the roads all the time, even laying eggs on the gravel by roadside. I was photographing one crossing and caught it right as a tire just missed it. Made me think of all the wildlife that is in this position everyday. I commend you on helping them cross.

        • We also routinely stop for turtles crossing the road. We have turtle rescue/relocation bags in all the vehicles and will place them in a nice pond along side some wetlands and hope they like their new home. Unfortunately you have to be very quick to scoop them up before someone (often intentionally) runs them over and crushes them.

          • One of the first things a turtle rescuer learns is to hold the turtle well away from their body with the back end facing to the side. There are few things as unpleasant as driving away from a rescue with turtle urine soaked pants. The bags are a good idea.

            • Hey thanks a million for the heads up and excellent tip! We had not thought of turtle pee. Yikes!
              We will always keep that carry position in mind when moving turtles in the future. 🙂

  1. Ahhh, Mr. A. THIS is exactly the reason why we have come to love you so. Such posture, cadence and confidence (after a very nice meal, I’m assuming) – you totally own that place, and we relent with a chuckle! …How close were you to him on the road, Phil?

    • He is pretty much in charge of the entire area, and that’s fine with me. I just hope to get along and be friendly. 🙂
      I was quite close, he was right in front of me, I wasn’t even using a long lens.

  2. Walk like a gator. It should be some sort of dance move I think. It must have been fun to watch that ramble and beautifully capture it all.

    Hopefully you were safe:) I just couldn’t resist.

    • Their stubby legs and cute little feetsies are one of the best things about seeing them out walking around. Gotta love a living dinosaur.
      I have seen them run, and I mean run, so yeah, they are a lot faster then they look.

        • The common consensus is that they are only fast runners in a straight line, so if you needed to escape from one you should run in a zig zag pattern. But I just figure I don’t have to be faster then the alligator, I only have to be faster then anyone standing near me. 🙂

  3. His smile makes me grin every time I see it.

    I hope he stays safe on the road. That is scary. I’d be out there protecting him if I saw any approaching vehicles, that is for certain. We do that for the neighborhood cats that no one cares about here!

    He almost looks purple in the first shot. And I just love this guy! 🙂

    • We also routinely stop for turtles crossing the road. We have turtle rescue/relocation bags in all the vehicles and will place them in a nice pond along side some wetlands and hope they like their new home. Unfortunately you have to be very quick to scoop them up before someone (often intentionally) runs them over and crushes them.
      I would stop for cats too. Speaking of cats, our poor kitty Ripley just had her left eye surgically removed yesterday. I feel so bad for her.
      Glad you enjoyed seeing our big reptilian friend!

      • Oh, poor Ripley! One of our cats, years ago (and now, sadly, passed away) was shot in the eye with a pellet gun. We had her eye removed and after about three weeks, she was doing fine getting around with only one. Hope Ripley’s eye issue is such that she can recover and life a long life. Best wishes for Ripley, and you guys!

        • Thanks very much for your kind words, Ripley will be happy to know she has support and encouragement out there!
          We think she will eventually adjust OK enough. One problem is that she is already 13 years old so not a young cat. We lost our kitty Jack this past Feb. he was 22 but he was a huge exception to how long we can expect kitties to be around.

  4. Mind-blowing, Phil. So prehistoric, timeless really. Exquisite detail of his hide. Is it wrong to use the words “lovely” and “gator” in the same sentence?

    • I never get tired of seeing one out walking around. I often see them floating by or even out sleeping on the grass, but lots of fun to see the dinosaurs taking a nice walk.

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