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Vacation: Day 4-Wootens Airboat Tours

Day 5 of vacation was a super cloudy and crappy day so Stacy and I decided to drive down to Wootens in the Everglades. Wootens has been around since 1953 giving all kinds of airboat and swamp buggy rides.

During the drive down I saw a Osprey nest atop of a power line.

Canon 1DX, 400mm, 1/1000th, F4, ISO 200

I also saw another Bald Eagle.

Canon 1DX, 400mm, 1/3200th, F4, ISO 200

Welcome to Wootens!

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/2500th, F4, ISO 160

As soon as we walked in we saw a huge alligator in a little canal next to the ticket window.

Canon 1DX, 400mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 200

We got on the airboat and were ready to roll! Our driver up top driving the boat.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/1250th, F4, ISO 125

As soon as we got out in the Everglades we saw an alligator hiding in the water.

Canon 1DX, 400mm, 1/1600th, F4, ISO 200

Once we got out in the open water the boat was hitting speeds around 55 mph

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/1250th, F4, ISO 125

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/1600th, F4, ISO 125

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/1600th, F4, ISO 125

Check out this video of what it looks like to ride in an airboat ride.

 

Once we were done with the air boat ride, Wootens has a large animal sanctuary that we checked out that has all kinds of animals.

We first saw a panther just chillin’ in his cage!

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/250th, F2.8, ISO 250

Then we were looking at some alligators and this guy came up and started talking to us named Gator John. He was the resident alligator whisper! He told us kinds of interesting things about himself and how he has been around alligators his whole life.

Then he offered Stacy the chance to hold a 40 lb. alligator.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 250

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 250

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 250

After Stacy was done holding the aligator he took me over to the Tiger cage.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Then he showed us a baby lion cub!

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/640th, F2.8, ISO 800

Then Gator John invited me into the alligator pond where there were 100 alligators. I of coursed jumped at the opportunity to get up and close with an alligator. John would be hand feeding them.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/1000th, F3.5, ISO 160

Gator John left to get a bucket of whole chickens to feed to the alligators.

Canon 1DX, 400mm, 1/1600th, F4, ISO 400

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

I went into the cage and I was approached by 12 alligators.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/1000th, F4, ISO 160

John then tossed a piece of chicken in the water and all of the alligators fought for it.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Then Gator John was getting up close and personal with the gator.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

John walks away saying “All in a days work!”

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F4, ISO 160

Here is a video of me with Gator John.

Then on the way home we stopped and saw the worlds smallest post office in Ochopee, FL

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/800th, F5.6, ISO 125

Then we saw a bunch of smoke as we were driving home, and it was a controlled burn.

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/1250th, F5.6, ISO 125

Canon 1DX, 24-70mm, 1/640th, F5.6, ISO 125

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