Sunday, September 25, 2011

Swamp tour - last of Florida vacation pics

Last pics from vacation that I'll share, at least for now. These were taken at Black Hammock Adventures Air Boat Rides on Lake Jesup which boasts to have the most alligators in any lake in central Florida. This was such a fun day, I've always wanted to take an airboat ride and we finally found one that was a good fit for us. Actually in all it only took four hours from the time we left the condo to the time we got back. I would love to take a longer ride sometime.

I love the swamp. I have always loved spooky things and the swamp seems spooky and peaceful. One of my favorite movies is Passion Fish, it's based down south and has great cinematography of the swamps there plus I love the story. Now that I think about it there are quite a few movies I love that have swamps in them, like The Gift and The Skeleton Key. I know there are more.  I am also addicted to the show Swamp People and The Glades. Of course who didn't like Swamp Thing!

I was concerned about skeeters, since they think I'm a buffet, but honestly, I think we have more mosquitoes in Indiana than I encountered in the swamp or Florida for that matter.

We were posing next to these beautiful parrots and all of a sudden they screeched and I thought they were gonna eat us up! It was so loud and scared us all... lol.

So right away I could tell photographing the scenery was going to be difficult because of the railing but I managed to get a few good ones. The birds were beautiful and so diverse.

We got to see baby alligators in the wild. These were just born in July (it's now September). Captain Joel told us this was her 2nd batch of hatchlings this year.

This is a bird coming out of the water. I thought Daryl was gonna jump out of his skin when it surfaced! haha  He thought it was a snake but first it startled him splashing out like that.

Unfortunately, Asher was not a happy camper. He hated having to wear the life jacket and the ear things he had to wear to cancel the noise, they're not on him at the moment. I thought he was sea sick for a moment, but he's just pouting.

So here is "Firecracker" the baby alligator we got to pet and hold. I was thrilled but Asher refused to hold him. He did pet him though.

I wanted to leave you with a photo that I liked and altered a bit. Spooky, the way I see a swamp :) These trees were amazing. We have a cypress growing next to our lake but you gotta admit it's the moss that adds that special touch. I wish we had that moss up here, I love it.

Ok, no more boring vacation pics (for a while!) haha... thanks for playing along and reliving my vacation with me. Enjoy the day!
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  1. Looks like you had a great time. Those swamp boats make so much noise but they are so much fun.

  2. Thanks for sharing your family memories! Looks like you all enjoyed the time away.

  3. What a great vacation! My favorite place in the whole world is Disney World. My husband, son (he was 33 at the time :) and I went there a couple of years ago for a week. The 3 of us had SO much Fun!!

  4. What a fun day trip- I loved the pic of you holding the gator!

  5. That sounds like a really fun tour.
    The altered photo of the trees is fabulous, just how I picture the swamps too.

  6. Gorgeous photos, Jaime. I have some catching up to do! Yes - I am reading posts backwards. Looks like you had a fabulous time!

  7. I don't know if I would be brave enough to pet them :oP Thanks for sharing your FL adventure! The best part of traveling is to see how the land can be so different in each location, at least for me :o)
    Hey, I posted about the chicken, sorry I left you hangin' hehehe

  8. The Air Boat ride sounds like so much fun.


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