A Florida Oddity……

A Florida Oddity……

This is more of a quick note with a bizarre photo, rather than an actual post.

We’ve been working out hearts out trying to get the new FloridaNaturePhotography.com upgrade out, and it has more or less taken up all of my writing time. Every photo and page is in the process of being re-edited for a much more streamlined and beautified look, and some photos are being removed, while others are being added.
Lots of new features coming up – including much more information about Florida nature, a customizable frame builder, faster gallery uploads, cool links, and lots of other goodies I’m keeping secret for now – so far it’s got more cool stuff for both nature photographers and nature lovers than I’ve ever seen on any other website. We are also starting a new gallery – CARNIVOROUS PLANTS! As many of you may have noticed – this new blog design is part of the upgrade.
We are looking at going online with this new upgrade in the first week of September.
 
That said, here is one of the strangest photos I’ve ever taken….rediscovered on one of my hard drives while re-editing for the website upgrade….
A couple years ago, I was driving through Hendry County in the Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, which is in a very remote inland area of South Florida, just south of Lake Okeechobee and between the coasts. I was hurtling along at an unspecified velocity when I passed something in the road that caused me to think I was hallucinating!
 
An alligator head in the middle of the highway, with a vulture eating its brains!
 
I had to turn around for this one, and after shooing off the vulture, I confirmed my own mental stability and had a good, close look at an adult alligator’s head. Searching around, I didn’t find the body, so I’m guessing it was thrown out by a poacher. Unfortunately it still happens a lot in rural Florida.
Not much of story to go with this one, but I thought it intriguing enough to share it with all of you!
Rich Leighton
August 27, 2009

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