Alligators-Too Close for Comfort?! Am I a TOTAL Idiot?!? (Anything for a photo!) Brazos Bend Park (photo overload)

What’s a girl to do when she sees a gator a mere 2 feet from her?? Yep, take a photo (sssh…don’t tell my children as they were mad at me last time I did this :)). That said, I was pretty much shocked as later in the day, I saw a grandfather position his 7 (ish) year old granddaughter about the same distance as I was earlier in the day with her back to the gator for a photo! Guess I felt it was one thing for me-an adult to have “risky behavior” but not a kid!!! Luckily, Grandma came trudging along and well, Grandpa should feel fortunate HE’s still alive – if looks could kill, well…Grandma was NOT happy about the “photo shoot”!

Anyway, the day at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX was slightly humid and sky’s kept looking like rain all day but I only got drizzle a time or two. Sorry, the photos reflect the yucky but fun day. Now it’s time to soak my feet!!! I’m exhausted!!

P.S. ย This park also has the George Observatory – it’s pretty incredible to see the moon from there on a clear night!!! (And I’m not even all that “into” that but it REALLY is cool!!)

P.P.S. If you have little ones and want to see other things nearby, the George Ranch Historical Park is very close by!

Trivia: ย Alligator eggs become male or female based on temperature, you’ll have a female in colder weather and male in warmer weather.

Alligators like to stay in groups call congregations.

Alligators can’t internally control their temperatures so they bathe in the sun to increase their temps.

As long as there’s an incline, they can climb! Better start looking in trees!

Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my "risky" photo) at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas
Warning Sign! Alligator Safety. (I saw this AFTER I snuck my “risky” photo).
They aren't kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
They aren’t kidding! Lots of Gators in this park!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas - NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!!
Today I am gifting you with this lovely (being sarcastic) Turkey Vulture photo from Brazos Bend State Park in Texas – NOT gonna win ANY Beauty Awards!!! Notice this hole in his nose area…weird..they don’t have septums so their nostrils are perforate! I also learned if they feel threatened they vomit their stomach acids…ok, looks gross, is gross!
After getting lost (and NO I won't admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break!
After getting lost on the trails (and NO I won’t admit this to ANY of my family members! ha!) I had to take a break! Seems Boy Scouts have donated a vast majority of the benches throughout the trails and parks – nice ๐Ÿ™‚
Why can't the water look less like Galveston, Texas' beaches! Gross!
Why can’t the water look less like Galveston, Texas’ beaches! Gross! (But just “keeping it real” ๐Ÿ™‚
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don't get lost like me!
Beautiful trails are throughout the park. Suggestion: GPS where you park your car so you don’t get lost like me!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Very tranquil and not a bunch of people!
Bad photo but thought it was funny :)
Bad photo but thought it was funny ๐Ÿ™‚ These ducks eyes are creepy red!!
See those red eyes - dude...Visine!!!
See those red eyes – dude…Visine or Clear Eyes!!! This is an American Coot.
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!!
And here we had another charming character that scared the Cr#p out of me when I looked up and saw what had just used the potty above me!!! This is a Black Vulture who thank God didn’t poo on me!
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds
Great Blue Heron. This guy was super quite and I almost missed him! They like to hide in the water weeds.
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away - they're huge!
Blurry shot of the Great Blue Heron flying away – they’re huge!
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
More of the Brazos Bend State Park
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
White Ibis at Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, TX
One big old Gator!!
One big old Gator!!

 

Any idea what this is?
This, come to find out this morning is an immature White Ibis! Found a super cool app – Merlin Bird ID and it showed me immediately – yea!!!

 

This one was a real show off
This one was a real show off (I think this is a Black Bellied Whistling Duck)
Screened shelters at Brazos Bend State Park20170219-img_1639
Screened shelters at Brazos Bend State Park
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
The playground is near the Screened Shelters
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
Beautiful picnic area at Brazos Bend State Park
You really can't be bored here!
You really can’t be bored here!
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Nature Center
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Happy Trails!!!

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Me in 2015 holding a baby gator

Thanks for visiting!

Elizabeth and Max

Max
I told Ma she can’t post ALL these photos without one of ME!!!

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Alligators-Too Close for Comfort?! Am I a TOTAL Idiot?!? (Anything for a photo!) Brazos Bend Park (photo overload)”

      1. Thanks for the encouragement ๐Ÿ˜ƒI got a Canon Rebel T3i about 3 years ago and just a few months ago decided to go off autopilot and actually start to learn. I probably in retrospect should have bought a full frame camera instead of crop. What’s yours?

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