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ken duncan

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Another trip to the swamp
« on: July 15, 2009, 05:25 PM »
Johng and I made another trip to the swamp today, here are a few pics.
Ken
 

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2009, 05:27 PM »
Wow.
Lovely spot.
Jerry
 

ken duncan

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2009, 05:28 PM »
A few more.
 

ken duncan

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2009, 05:38 PM »
This last pic is a gator that we followed at least 4 times, up and down this body of water. Every time we would get close he or she would go under and then come up  far away from the canoe.
They can be hunted here now with a tag you buy from the wildlife dept. I guess the gator did not want to take any chances with us.
What a great day at a place that is less than a hour from home.
Ken  
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2009, 05:45 PM »
We also have gators less than an hour's drive. It's called the Zoo...  ;D
 

ken duncan

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2009, 05:51 PM »
Yes Jerry it is "lovely spot", indeed and a very large place to explore. I think you could spend a life time in this swamp and never see all of lakes and creeks that connect and disconnect, its always changing. At times this whole place is flooded, if you look close on some of the tree trunks you can see the high water marks. You can also walk through the woods on dry land for miles when the water is down. It is so shaded in the trees that there is no ground cover and it is very open.
Ken
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ken duncan

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2009, 05:54 PM »
Good one Jerry. :D :D :D
Ken  
 

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2009, 06:22 PM »
Did you find any trees (needing to be rescued)?
 

ken duncan

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2009, 08:44 PM »
Funny You asked Jerry, the only trees that we collected were  a few small elms and some deciduous hollies on an eroding clay bank that was being washed away by the flowing high water and the would  probably would be washed away in a few years, so rescued is a good description.
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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2009, 10:18 PM »
I wish I had a swamp....

You wish you had California junipers.....

Maybe if we flooded Texas we could have the best of both worlds  hehe

sorry Irene I couldn't resist.
 

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2009, 01:52 PM »
Ken, what a great place. I wish I could drift into a swamp like this. I love that kind of wilderness. We have the Great Dismal Swamp up here in Va., but it's mostly military owned...

"Maybe if we flooded Texas we could have the best of both worlds  hehe"

Hate to tell you, but the Eastern half of Texas is already alot like this where it starts sinking into Lousiana ;). A world of native species there waiting to be discovered for bonsai.
 

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2009, 04:14 PM »
If we flood Texas then we have to deal with all the off-shore drilling regulations.  Might not be worth it, but then again.....
 

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2009, 04:33 PM »
This last pic is a gator that we followed at least 4 times, up and down this body of water. Every time we would get close he or she would go under and then come up  far away from the canoe.
They can be hunted here now with a tag you buy from the wildlife dept. I guess the gator did not want to take any chances with us.
What a great day at a place that is less than a hour from home.
Ken  

I would not want to be around this one with a canoe...from what I can tell this ones aobut 8 to 10 feet long  or bigger, the leagth between the eyes and nose is good indication of whats under the water.  Inches between eyes and noses is nomally close to how long in feet it is.    Could tip a canoe in no time flat, especially if there were some DA  been feeding it. 

But the better collection sites in south you have to deal with them and snakes. 

Great pics.

Francis Wilber
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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2009, 09:14 AM »
You and John didn't try and rescue one of those big boys ya were standin next to? I most definately need to try and get down that way. John sent me some aerial maps from Google on some areas. But ya know a map doesn't show much on detail and exactly where ya can go without getting some lead in the rear  :o A very nice place it is. If I wasn't looking for trees I'd be tryin to catch that gator  ;D Along with some Cottonmouths and whatever else crawls and slithers. Anyway, glad ya guys had a good time.
 

ken duncan

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Re: Another trip to the swamp
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2009, 07:12 AM »
Hi Bubba,
This is the first time that we have see an alligator on one of our collecting trips. Most of the time we are in the trees and they stay in open areas. Snakes are seen mostly in the early Spring, this time of the year we never see them. Good thing too because there are only two kinds of snakes that scare me and I don't like, that live ones and dead ones.
Ken