In Praise of Brooker Creek, Florida

 

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The area where Brooker Creek meets Tarpon Lake is a very special place. Wildlife tends to congregate there. And yea gators too but I’ve never been bothered by them. Of course I don’t go at night when they are most active. Funny thing. The day after I took this picture, the local news paper reported that two people were bitten by gators in two separate incidents. That is a very rare thing indeed. I believe you’d have a better chance of being hit by a meteorite. These are American Alligators- not African Crocodiles.

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Cypress Swamp. Not a single mosquito bit those beautiful white legs of mine. No mosquitos in the wet season? Never thought about it before.

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Upper Brooker Creek

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These cypress trees can grow to be several feet in diameter and were once logged heavily. I’ve seen cypress stumps in Chassahowitzka the size of redwoods.

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Apple snail

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Apple snail eggs

 

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Oak tree limbs tend to grow horizontally- I loved playing on them when I was a kid.

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Baby Gator. I’ve seen lots of baby gators in Brooker Creek, the bigger ones stay out near the lake. Perhaps its a sanctuary for them.

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All this beauty running underneath McMullen Booth Rd. Smack That!