Morning walks on Dataw Island are quite different from those on the dirt road in Rockport or the sidewalks in my West U neighborhood. These walks meander along paths beneath trees heavily veiled with Spanish moss.
Most of the paths are close to one of the island’s two golf courses, many of which have water features where the sights can get pretty interesting. Most have alligators, yep, alligators! This day I spotted two. One was dozing in the grass and a great blue heron appeared to be tiptoeing cautiously so as not to wake it.
Another was swimming toward the bank not far from where I was walking. Just in case it was coming out of the water I made a hasty retreat. I’m not sure how aggressive gators are, but just in case…….
A turtle sunning itself is not quite as threatening.
On any given day, there are many birds. I so enjoy watching the herons, egrets and wood storks as they strut, fish, nest, wade. There’s no telling how many photos I’ve taken with necks stretched this way and that.
Though a bit awkward on the ground or in the water, these birds are a sight to behold with their wings spread wide and legs outstretched.
The melody of bird songs always fills the air. Trying to photo the sources is a challenge as the birds are small and flit from tree to tree quickly. Every now and then I do get lucky and get a quick shot of a Carolina wren or bluebird.
Though not often seen during the day, I occasionally spot a deer having an early morning snack.
Always there are butterflies sipping from flowers. Like for the birds, one has to be quick with the camera!
I love these morning walks on an island that abounds with nature. You can be sure I don’t venture out without a camera as there is always a new sight to record.