"Great Blue Heron"
There is a park within walking distance from my home, in a quaint little town. "The Coopers Bayou Park" is so beautiful and very well maintained by the town.
The wildlife is very aware of humans all around the park and are weary, but not afraid to let you get close
I crept very slowly to get closer and closer to a gator, but just as I took the shot his eyes went under. I stayed for a few moments hoping he would come back up but no luck. He was however under there watching me.
This bird makes me laugh. He is what most of us call a "snake bird". He swims under water and can stay down for several minutes while he fishes on the bottom. If you think your following him, he will reappear quite a distance from where your eyes last saw him.
The snake bird name comes from the very long neck that appears while he gets a new gulp of air and go's back under.
Here he is in the photo drying his wet wings in the sun.
I have been coming to this park several times a week to walk. It's so beautiful. I feel safe here as there are literally dozens of people at any given time running, walking, riding their bikes or using the exercise equipment put around every corner. There are even misting machines. You just have to push the button and cool water is sprayed on you.
This past week our weather was just beautiful.
The temp was in the 90's, humid, with big puffy clouds in the sky.
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