Stay out of the water

Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
Trip End Jul 23, 2009

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Flag of United States  , South Carolina
Sunday, April 26, 2009

Time for a bit of nature today, a couple of miles from our campsite is Caw Caw    we saw the sign and had to investigate. Now as some of you may remember insects that bite are very partial to me, so when the park warden asked if we had 'sprayed' as the mosquitoes were out in force, it did ring a few alarm bells. However, I have already been a meal for many of them this week; yes I had sprayed - liberally! I have also stopped eating bananas (after being told that they emit from your skin and attract the darn little things) I have started using coconut flavoured shower gel and lemon flavoured body lotion - it's amazing what advice you can pick up from a simple question on google! Anyway suitably protected we set off to walk through the swamp - on the boardwalk you understand, not IN the swamp itself, Malc of course, sweet as he is, does not attract the same interest from our biting friends. Caw Caw was once part of several rice plantations and home to enslaved Africans who applied their technology and skills in agriculture to carve the series of rice fields out of cypress swamps. 
We have visited several 'nature reserves' on our travels and at first I think we were a little disappointed here, although there was a lively bird chorus high above us, we didn't see many birds at all. Thanks to the interpretive boards, we were able to identify some of other the sounds, the bull frogs and the bellow of the alligators. The swamp area was different to others we have seen, it wasn't the mangrove swamp pf the everglades but equally as fascinating. The Cypress 'elbows' are still a little creepy! 

Beyond the existing swamp area we wandered along banks built between the rice fields that are now home to a myriad of wildlife. 

We still hadn't sighted much wild life and had decided against canoeing this area; then we saw this fellow

 Next, we stopped to talk with a ranger who told us how the area was once a number of plantations that have since been combined. As we chatted, there was a snake under a rock - though hidden in the shadows and an ariola boldly scuttled down a nearby tree.

 We wandered on, back towards where we had left the car; on the way we paused to watch a 'pool' beside the path. There it was, that log was moving oh so slowly...take a look...

Thrilled that we had at last seen some wildlife, we moved on only to be rewarded with this chap too... 

So, all in all, our Sunday morning walk was indeed interesting! It gave us the opportunity to take some nice photos!!...

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