If you're driving down Mill Road in Wildwood, don't be alarmed if you see a large, white alligator resting in the snow at Twin Lakes Park.
Thanks to all of that wet, heavy snow we received on Tuesday, Wildwood resident Brett James was able to get over to the park to build his latest snow sculpture.
"I do it for the people in the community," said James, whose snow sculptures can regularly be seen in the park after a good snowfall.
He often invites the community to come out and help sculpt his latest creation. Wednesday's sculpting event was last-minute, however, and due to the lack of assistants, James created an alligator instead of the life-size elephant he'd initially planned.
James' neighbor, Erik Nunez, stopped by with his daughters, Alicia and Emma, to lend a hand.
Nunez said he'd seen James' sculptures in the park and decided to stop by one day to check them out. Now he enjoys contributing to the effort.
"I was totally on-board with the life-size elephant," said Nunez.
James has created many snow sculptures at Twin Lakes Park. He used to sculpt them toward the back of the park, but nobody could see them. Now they sit along Mill Road for passersby to enjoy.
His favorite sculpture was a rail car he named "Johnny Fastpants." Another popular sculpture was of a fisherman reeling in a shark.
"I like to do them at night so people see them when they wake up in the morning," said James.
It can take five to six hours to create the sculptures—and they don't always last long.
"If it's sunny the next day, it'll start melting," said James.
Check out James' latest creation at Twin Lakes Park, located at Mill Road and Twin Lakes Boulevard.