A hodge-podge

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I’ve got a code, and my head feels like it’s full of wet, soggy sawdust.

I’m just starting the pack for the return trip. The nice little lady at the hotel  is doing my laundry tonight, so when I get it back it will go right into luggage. I leave St. Augustine April 16th, and Jacksonville Airport April 17th. That should put me home around 8:30 – 9:00 P.M.

There isn’t a lot of news, so I’ll content myself with posting a hodge-podge of pictures from around Augustine.

Reading from the top down, the following are left overs from the Alligator Farm. I don’t know how old these two turtles are, but judging from their size I’d say they are quite old.

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This handsome fellow (below) is a long-tailed Lemur.

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I also came across some vintage photos of days gone by. This is a street scape taken in 1936.

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And this is the famous Lion’s Gate Bridge that Henry Flagler had built.

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Just down the road is “Fountain of Youth Park.” It is the precise spot where Ponce de Leon came ashore in search of the mythical fountain. The Natives they encountered were the  Timucuan Indians, and many were buried at  the park. Some years ago they were uncovered, but out of respect they have since been reburied.

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Hope you enjoyed it.

A tour around the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, St. Augustine, FL.

The name “Alligator Farm” has been around since 1893, but it is much more than about alligators these days. It is in fact a zoological park, conservation facility and breeding facility, hosting hundreds, perhaps thousands of tourists a day.

Since I had never seen a living alligator it was one of the places  I put on my ‘must see’ list, and I wasn’t disappointed.

parkmap_smallThe Alligator Farm is a marvellous facility. A boardwalk tour (click on map to enlarge) takes you through an international collection of birds, animals and reptiles collected or bred right there.

I had a chance to visit it this week, and I took my camera along to capture some memories. So this post is primarily photos of that tour.

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Reading from the top down, these first shots are of the alligator enclose.

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This following  alligator (on right) is 15-feet long, and 1,500 pounds…

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But he’s only a pup compared to “Gomek,” who measured nearly twenty-feet long, and weighed in at 2,000 pounds.

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Here is “Gomek” again, permanently on display

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One of the most the most attractive displays was in the rookery–especial the egrets who are in full mating plumage. Enjoy…

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Not to be outdone for beauty is this “rosy spoonbill,” who is doing a balancing act while preening…

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The setting itself is beautiful as well, and so in-between looking at the birds and reptiles you can admire the flowers

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There are other birds on display as well, and the first is of the stork variety

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And what jungle display would be complete without parrots

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There are more to come, but I’ll leave those to another post.

Until next time,

Gerry