Recently, I've been taking advantage of the 7800 acre park within bike-riding distance from my house....George Bush Park! I have been to the dog park several times. Then, I got lost once in the forest (pretty bad) because I impulsively went off on my bike without checking the trails map first, and ended up following an animal trail for about 30 minutes instead of the bike trail (oops!). I recently heard about the local alligators starting to get active, and could be seen from the main, paved hike & bike trail.
Now, although I've lived in this relatively swampy alligator-y portion of the world most of my life, I've never seen an alligator in person! Well, other than the zoo, but not in the wild. I made it a goal last year to see a gator in the wild. Thus far, every trail that I had gone down that had held high hopes of "gator hunting" was a bust. So, last week, I went on a couple hikes through the park on the paved hike & bike trail WITH my camera, and no alligators. Of course.
Side note: I have a really great new camera (Canon EOS Rebel T6 Digital SLR Camera Kit with EF-S 18-55mm and EF 75-300mm Zoom Lenses (Black)) and it takes AMAZING pictures of wildlife & nature, as well as videos! I just used it to shoot some videos for my best friends beer website & I was blown away! It's super affordable for a DSLR & the quality and ease-of-use is outstanding. If you're in the market for a new camera, go with this one!
So, back to the story, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather yesterday & go ride my bike out on the paved hike & bike trail. Since I hadn't had any luck with any gator pictures previously, I left my camera at home instead of packing it in my backpack. Naturally, as I ride over the bridge through the swampy part....something catches my eye.....a log? No, it has a blunt nose, lumpy body, tapering tail....ALLIGATOR! A big, giant alligator! I slammed on my bike's brakes, backed up to where I could see it better, and cursed at myself for leaving my camera. I pulled out my iPhone, zoomed in, and took a grainy picture of this living "log". I'll post the picture in the gallery at the bottom of this post.
As long as the weather cooperates, I'm going to go back this week with my Canon Rebel & zoom lens. I just got this case on Amazon Prime ---> AmazonBasics Holster Camera Case for DSLR Cameras - Black to hold my camera when I go adventuring & don't want to take the big case. It's sturdy & secure, with a hard rubber bottom so if my water leaks or anything, I know my camera will be fine! It's less than $10 too! I'm determined to get a good gator shot in my backyard park!
This weekend - I'll be heading down to Portland, TX for the weekend to do some fishing & play a show at Mike Cotten's BBQ on Saturday night! If you're in the area, come hang out & enjoy some great food while I serenade you! Stay tuned to the Facebook Page for the event details, and I'll post them on here later this week.
See y'all down the road!