Before we left Georgia we just had to visit Okefenokee Swamp.
There's something that appeals to me about these...must be the sense of darkness and danger.
We took a short walk before our boat tour began.
|We met him on our walk along the boardwalk. There are signs everywhere explaining that they are real and potentially dangerous. Apparently many people think they are remote controlled somehow and part of a show.|
|I like Old Roy's sense of humor taking those fish away.|
Our first thing was to do the boat ride, and to me this was definitely the high point of the visit.
|Because this is a black water swamp, everything reflects nicely|
|Don't take these stairs...they go straight into the swamp|
|We climbed the observation tower to get these views|
|This is a tortoise - a land turtle and she was lovely.|
|One of the baby snakes. We learned that if the head is narrow like your thumb it's not poisonous. If it appears more like the fist at the end of your arm it's because it has venom sacs.|
|This was my favorite, her markings were absolutely gorgeous. We were able to touch and hold all the snakes.|
|She has the mother snake around her neck and is holding two of the babies in her hands.|
|His name is Killer and he's just a baby but with enough biting pressure to remove a small finger.|
|She showed us how the inside of the mouth closes up to protect it when they are hunting or fighting underwater.|
Then it was time to board the train for another trip through the swamp with a different guide.
At this point it was kind of the same old same old...same jokes, same info but we did get to see some pretty flowers...it's not just all about the gators.
Long Live the Creature...I mean The Queen of the Swamp