My brother and I traveled to the Aransas Pass National Wildlife Refuge today. It was perfect — cool, crisp and full of animals. First there were the ‘gators. Two small ones and one (shown above) that could be used to tow heavy cargo.
These are wild, untamed reptiles, folks. Not a zoo. We were just a few feet away, across a small body of water, when we spotted them. Thank god for telephoto lenses.
We also saw two snakes, thousands of birds, deer, hogs, javelinas and two bobcats. The bobcats were, of course, too shy to allow photography. And the javelinas had their faces shoved in the dirt, eating.
But here’s some pretty good shots, from both me and mi hermano, Erik.
Buzzards, aka turkey vultures, are a common sight on Texas highways, where they clean up the roadkill. Now I know where they go at night.
Ducks, playing in some weird aquatic plant roots. (Yes, those are real plants. I know they look like rubber tubing, but they are plants. What you learn when you venture outdoors — it’s amazing!)