I love this place! Ever since my first visit back in 2007, right through to the present day I have found Lake Alice, Gainesville, Florida to be a great place to visit. It is amazing that such a beauty spot with its diverse wildlife could be incorporated within the grounds of the university in Gainesville. Of course, the University of Florida is one of the reasons that Lake Alice is so wonderful, they manage to keep that difficult balance between keeping the place tidy and maintained and taking care of the animal life, but at the same time allowing the wildness to do its own thing.
Over the years I have managed to capture some great shots of Lake Alice and its animal life.
|Lake Alice, Gainesville FL, in the daytime|
|Lake alice, Gainesville FL, in the evening|
At the southwest end of Lake Alice is the Baughman Center, it’s kind of a secular all purpose functions building. At one point, Abby and I toyed with the idea of having some sort of wedding event there.
|The Baughman Center on the southwest bank|
I love the wildlife that you find at Lake Alice. There are some big old turtles there.
|Big turtle at Lake Alice, Gainesville. They have such funny little faces with long snouts!|
Plenty of bird life.
|Heron from a distance at Lake Alice|
|This bird was behaving peculiarly, I don't know what was up with him!|
Bats who occupy the bat houses, which are built and maintained by the University of Florida. The bats emerge at sundown each evening and it’s a great sight to see.
But my favourite, of course, is the alligators (see more of my alligator pictures). Abby (my wife) and I count how many that we see, each time that we visit.
|The first alligator I ever saw at Lake Alice, Gainesville, FL. You may recognize it as I used the image on the banner at the top of this blog (with a little help from Mr Photoshop!)|