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Saturday Photo Hunt: QUAGGY

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The Saturday Photo Hunt theme for this week is QUAGGY. The word means marshy. And as soon as I saw it I knew I'd have to pull out the files for all the photos I took on two different tours of the Manchac Swamp in Louisiana.

Yes, these are real alligators, in the wild. The photo was taken from the boat as we drifted through the quagmire. In some places there was so much vegetation growing in the water that it was difficult to tell where the land ended and the creek began.

I guess that would tend to make it easier for the alligators to catch their unsuspecting prey. But the only things I saw them eat were the chicken bits the tour guide brandished to entice them closer. And marshmallows. Oddly enough, alligators love marshmallows.

(In honor of this week's photo, I've switched my userpic at the top of the page to the one taken on one of these swamp tours, in which I'm holding a live baby alligator.)

Next week's theme: GRIN. (That's what an alligator does when it catches its unsuspecting prey. Or a marshmallow.)