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Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Florida; 03 March 2014

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Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, photographed in Volusia county, Florida (03 March 2014). Monday 03 March 2014 was a busy day. My father –the enigmatic and curiously awesome Les Jones– underwent foot surgery the week prior. The medical folks played … Continue reading

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South Florida EcoRomp Part V: The River is Wide and Time is Long

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South Florida EcoRomp Part V Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI Once upon an ago, but not too long ago, the Florida Everglades formally reached north from Florida Bay to the southern edge of the vast … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator) at Trimble Park, Florida; 07 June 2013

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Alligator mississippiensis, the American alligator, photographed in Orange county, Florida (07 June 2013). This is the 21st post on Dust Tracks featuring an American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). I’m not sure if I have much more to say about them, short … Continue reading

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Gators, Snakes, and Turtles at O’Leno State Park, Florida; 24 March 2013

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On Friday, we checked out the Santa Fe River as it runs through O’Leno State Park, eventually disappearing in a sinkhole and then traveling underground for three miles until it resurfaces at River Rise Preserve State Park. Today’s post features … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator) at Grand Bay WMA, Georgia; 10 March 2013

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This is, of course, a young American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, basking on a mat of vegetation in Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area. Given their rather large size, alligators are one of the reptiles you’re most likely to see during the … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 23 February 2013

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Heaven does indeed love a young alligator. I’m not sure what that means, actually. Does Heaven love young alligators? Or even old ones? And does Heaven, if it exists, welcome all forms of crocodilians? If so, are they separated from … Continue reading

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Field Report: Grand Bay WMA, Georgia; 09 February 2013

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Last Saturday, I ducked out for a few hours to romp through Grand Bay’s cypress wetland and Longleaf pine forest. It wasn’t a remarkably memorable outting –no epic snake sightings– but it was still a nice break from work and … Continue reading

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Field Report: Grand Bay WMA, Georgia; 16 January 2013

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This past Wednesday, I didn’t have to be on campus until about 3:30 pm. Our freakish warm weather was still persisting, so I decided to hop on over to Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area (just east/northeast of Valdosta) to see … Continue reading

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Field Report: Grand Bay WMA, Georgia; 12 January 2013

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With the temperature in the lower seventies and a mostly-sunny sky overhead, I took off for Grand Bay earlier today, 12 January 2013. It was my first real outing of 2013 and, though it’s still a bit early for strong … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator). 12 May 2006. Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida.

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A gaggle of gators! Rah rah! You know, American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) certainly aren’t limited to Florida; they range throughout much of the southeastern United States. Still, they seem so Floridian to me. No doubt, if I grew up in … Continue reading

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Procyon lotor (Raccoon). 12 May 2006. Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida.

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Heh. Just thinking about this raccoon (Procyon lotor) makes me giggle a little bit. A giggle coupled with a sigh of relief. And here’s why… I was trekking through the Loop Road run in Big Cypress National Preserve (south Florida) … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 29 September 2012

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Yeah, yeah, yeah… So I just posted about Okefenokee alligators a few clicks back on Dust Tracks. Yes, I did. See? I can take responsibility. I can admit it. And that’s the first step to recovery, right? Still, there are … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 29 September 2012

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On 29 September 2012, I skipped over to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge for a day of kayaking and photography. Amazingly enough, it was my first trip to the Okefenokee, despite having moved to Valdosta over a year prior. Launching from the … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 22 September 2012

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There’s a lot to love about the American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis. I love that they lazily bask in the sun pretty much wherever they want. I love that they will erupt in a frenzied explosion of motion when retreating into … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 22 November 2010

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This is a bold, young American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) photographed at Big Cypress National Preserve in south Florida, along the edge of a swampy rural road. As summer prepares to give way to fall, I’m starting to think more and … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator, with Leech), 22 June 2012

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At first glance, given the title of this post and the firs image, you might think it’s all about this American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, photographed at Grand Bay WMA near Valdosta, Georgia. Well, look closer. Let’s zoom in on that … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator, young), 22 June 2012

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This is a young American alligator, Alligator mississippienis, basking in a narrow off-road trough at Grand Bay WMA near Valdosta, Georgia. I’ve seen a decent number of young gators in this immediate vicinity, taking advantage of the narrow, focused waters … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 26 April 2012

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I do believe I have been an ass. HARK! An ass, I say! Yes, a mammalian ass I have been. And why do I say so? What have I done to deserve such a label as “ass”? Listen and I … Continue reading

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Calliphora vomitoria (Blue Bottle Fly), 12 March 2012

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This is a fun post. Not only is it about a species of fly called “vomitoria,” it’s also about a dead alligator (Alligator mississippiensis), and the irrationality of human beings. Here’s the deal: These are photographs of blue bottle flies, … Continue reading

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Bradford Torrey and Floridian Reptiles in 1894

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I got to thinking this past week about romanticism and nature. I have a healthy appreciation for objective, analytic studies of nature and also the more-subjective (often emotional) interpretations/responses of and to nature. In my life, nowhere is this more … Continue reading

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Egretta tricolor (Tricolor Heron) and Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 11 February 2007

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This is neither my best photograph of a tricolor heron, Egretta tricolor, nor my best photograph of an American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis — but it is my best photograph of the two caught together in the same frame on a … Continue reading

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Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 03 September 2011

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Ah, yes. The American alligator: Alligator mississippiensis. Let’s not ignore or forget the ThunderCat of Floridian reptiles! The American alligator demands representation! After leaving the Miami/Coral Gables area, I headed west toward the northern Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve. … Continue reading

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American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis (2009)

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Alligator mississipiensis, May 2009, somewhere on a dirt road in Big Cypress National Preserve in south Florida. Oh, the love! And I’m not kidding. I love alligators. Just love ‘em. I have to admit, I’m pretty excited to be moving … Continue reading

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