Not My First Rodeo

Some experiences need a child for full effect. The adult reality isn’t the same, but I remember being an oh-so-impressed  6-year-old, sitting down to high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria.

Some experiences are best appreciated by a first-timer of whatever age. Flying has staled with repetition, but I remember dressing up for my first flights as a teenager.

Some experiences are impressive precisely because *they* are the first-timer, redefining a genre. They look a little clunky now, but I remember being blown away as an adult by Star Wars and Batman for their special-effects wizardry and magical film editing, respectively.

And some experiences are endlessly satisfying, every re-visit offering a rediscovery and a reassurance of wonders that continue even when I’m not there. In that vein, here are a few shots from this year’s visit to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

A prehistoric gaggle

An impressive quintet

A watchable and watchful duo

A cooperative individual

A sweet couple

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14 Responses to Not My First Rodeo

  1. Looks like the park is still offering great photo ops.

    Very nice catches

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim R – Many thanks. I was hoping to see babies, but the closest I got was some baby-making activity. 🙂

      • We had one nest of very young baby great egrets, 3 baby black-crowned herons, 3 mallards ducklings and 2 less than week old sandhill cranes.
        We were hoping for more too.
        Great blues, roseates, wood storks all on nests

        • Isabel Gibson says:

          Jim R – Interesting. I think of a breeding season as fixed-by-date, but apparently that is not so. I’ve seen babies at the St. Augustine rookery just once, and I’m usually there at the same time.

  2. Judith Umbach says:

    You are a very accomplished photographer of wildlife, especially birds. Each of these photos is a “first time” for me. Thank you for the experiences I will never have.

  3. Mary Gibson says:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos. But WHY would anyone create an alligator farm??

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Mary – Well, that’s a good question. It was established in 1893, presumably as an attraction for tourists visiting the USA’s oldest city. There’s a similar spot in Florida, near Orlando, so it’s not a one-off concept. (Where’s that shrugging emoji when you need it?)

  4. Tom Watson says:

    I love the pictures. It’s obvious this isn’t your first rodeo with the camera!

  5. The sweet couple armed “to the teeth” gives me great pause to imagine navigating any aspect of life with such a protuberance in the lower face. Why would I think it much easier to sprout wings like a pink angel to fly a-hunting? Your wonderful close-ups draw near these mysteries only to make them more intense.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Laurna – I bet that YouTube has videos of flocks of them in flight. I’ve seen it once, in Florida – a cloud of hot pink. Quite wonderful.

  6. barbara carlson says:

    The watchful Dodo — !!! 😀

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Sometimes they just seem quizzical; sometimes, rather jaundiced in a “What? Are *you* still here?” sort of way.

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