We saw alligators!

Yesterday, on our visit to Magnolia Plantation we also visited the swamp garden – it’s named after Audubon who visited the house where they have some of his prints. We had already noticed an alligator in one of the ponds at the main garden, but it was swimming too far out to get a good look. In the swamp garden, we suddenly heard a lot of splashing and noticed a bird struggling then disappear beneath the water. The people in front called out that they had seen an alligator take it and that we could see one up closer where they were standing. We then saw this guy:

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He was almost camouflaged by duckweed but his eye was clearly visible as he watched us. Eventually, he decided we were of no interest, turned and swam languidly away.

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I have a video of him swimming but I can’t seem to attach it with the WordPress app, so that will have to wait till we get home.

6/8/11 If I’m lucky, and after many attempts, this should be the video. Click on it to take you to Twitpic and ignore the swearing:

Still trying to upload this damn alligator on Twitpic

Magnolia Plantation and Audubon Swamp Gardens

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There are several plantations around Charleston and we picked this one to visit on our way over from Savannah. We were so glad we did. You can make up a combination ticket from various options and we chose to visit the house and gardens and the swamp garden. It was all so beautiful – see a selection of images below, and I’m keeping the best bit for a post all of its own!

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