Congaree National Park

June 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Our families first trip the Congaree was such a great trip we just knew when we left that we would be returning again, and soon.  From the water birds, to the snakes we just loved every moment of our visit.  

Our second trip to Congaree was even better, minus the mosquito bites.  We decided to take a different trail to see even more of the park and found ourselves watching what we thought was drift wood.  Years of looking through a view finder has obscured my eyesight a bit, and I find myself using my telephoto lens as binoculars to see things from afar.  Even with my Tamron 150-600 mm, the thing floating in stagnant water still looked like a log.  We sat patiently waiting to see what we had only hoped was an alligator, and after a few moments we were stunned to see what came into focus.  An American Alligator came closer to see what the hustle was on the bank as my children were excited to see the wildlife.  My girls love mother nature, and are obsessed with Animal Planet.  So much so, that they grab a long stick and stir the water, attempting to mimic an animal in distress and gain the attention of the alligator.  It worked, slightly.  

My hopes for our second visit to Congaree had been to see more snakes.  I had never imaged we would an alligator! Among the wildlife we had seen included spiders, woodpeckers, but during this trip we did not find any snakes.  

Pileated WoodpeckerPileated WoodpeckerPileated Woodpecker found at Congaree National Park Golden Orb WeaverGolden Orb WeaverFound in the trees of the main entrance into Congaree National Park If you are planning a trip of your own to Congaree National Park, my best advise is to bring the bug spray, and be patient in searching for wildlife of your own to spot.  Listen and enjoy mother nature and what she has to offer.  And, take your time.  There is so much to see, and so many trails to choose from but the best one is the one you take.  Congaree will not disappoint! Thank you all for visiting!  If you would like to purchase prints, you may add them to cart via my portfolio. 


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