Hunting season is rapidly approaching, and I'm an avid outdoorsman when the weather isn't so dang hot. Anyway, yesterday I decided I'd like to go check my hunting stands, and the surrounding area (I don't think I could have picked a hotter day though.....), and just before I was leaving my house I though some of you guys might like to see what the swamps of Southern Georgia look like . Most of the time I walk through the woods, but since it was so hot, and since I was taking my camera, I decided to take my boat. Did I mention how hot and humid it is here? Man, it's really hot in South Georgia this time of year. It's consistently 97, 98 degrees F here, but the humidity makes even worse. I can stand outside, not doing anything and start to immediately seat within a couple of minutes. Anyway, enough talking; here are some pictures:
This river has low lying limbs, and it just so happens that these low lying limbs are home to lots of HUGE Red Wasp. The last thing you want to do is run your boat into one these nests so you constantly have to be on lookout. These Wasp are almost twice the size of a common household Red Wasp. I've never been stung by any of them, but I imagine it wouldn't feel very good.
Once I got past the Wasp, who were aggressively staring me down as I was taking their picture, (I think I heard one of them say "go ahead punk, make my day" ), I turned to see this beautiful view:
So I'm making my way down river and I decide to take a picture of this Cypress tree. These are pretty common here:
So I'm paddling along again, and then I remembered that my uncle built some steps, and a stand in a cypress tree years ago so he could sit in the tree and spear Gar. He had some type of contraption similar to a crossbow that shot arrows. The reason he wanted to be up high in the tree is because you can see the Gar much better when you're elevated. Since the water is so dark, you only see a long, dark spot. This is the Gar swimming near the surface of the watter. For anyone who's interested in what a Gar is, click here. Here's a couple of pictures of the steps, and the stand. As you can see, the stand is rotten so it's no good any more, and if you look above the two boards, you can see what's either a bee hive/nest or it could possibly be Yellow Jackets; I'm not sure which, and I have no intentions of getting close enough to find out .
When traveling to my stand by boat I have to navigate my way through this. It can get tricky sometimes because the boat's too wide to fit though certain trees LOL...:
Once I hit land I took a random picture:
Then a picture of a couple of trees:
This one is a White Oak Tree:
The next one is a Magnolia Tree. The canopy is really thick here so the trees grow really tall competing with each other for light:
And I saved the best picture for last LOL.... When you go out to these types of places, especially by yourself, you better be packing :
Maybe you guys enjoyed seeing the swamps of South Georgia. If I take some more pictures, I'll update this thread.