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Do Not Feed the Alligators

Stacey Lynn Payne

Enumclaw, United States

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Sign admonishing visitors not to feed the alligators, at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in St. Marks, Florida. Right behind me is the St. Marks Lighthouse.

Alligators are a common sight here so I see the point of the sign. The sun was setting and that’s feeding time. The mosquitos were feeding on me so I didn’t stick around for the beautiful sunset. The best vantage point to get sunset shots of the St. Marks Lighthouse is from a more southern location which takes a boat, so I figure I’ll come back to it later when I can afford the time to get out there in a boat. St. Marks is a couple hours from my house so I don’t get up there much.

St. Marks used to be a bustling port and a lighthouse was needed to keep the boats on course through the shallows there. The light was first lit in 1831. During the Civil War, the Confederate army attempted to destroy the lighthouse to keep Union boats from being able to navigate the bay, but were unsuccessful. They did a lot of damage, though, which had to be rebuilt. The Union army never took the lighthouse. The lighthouse was automated in 1960 and is still lit today.

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