Category Archives: A Watering Hole

Black And White Film Filters, Alligator

I learned photography in the 1960’s (yeah, a long time ago). B&W was really the only option because every shot cost money. I did develop my own, but not often. I really didn’t like it, at all.

Black And White Film Filters, Alligator
Black And White Film Filters, Alligator

That said, it was a great way to learn. No room for error and you had to think. Snap shots were a waste.

Now I can get what I want, and not care about how many are trash. The purist will always say it’s not the same. I agree. It’s better.

Adobe and NIK have filters to very closely duplicate any old B&W 35 mm film. Just as good is the ability to create your own.

I used Agfa film a lot, and still have some originals. This is an Agfa APX Pro 100 filter in NIK. After Lightroom and NIK processing it’s the same thing, no smell, sat with a cup of coffee and worked.

 

Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs

Things, all kinds, live in these marsh waters. Most I see are the usual small fish, insect critters and such.

Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs
Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs

There are also surprises in the pluff mud.

Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs
Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs

Crabs are here, in many places but not all. Depending on the dikes brackish water is common.

Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs
Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs

There are 3 foot (1 meter) long Sirens also. They are eel looking salamanders. Only the big predators mess with them. They fight back, and sometimes win.

Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs
Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs

And then you have this ‘whatever’. It could be a shrimp.

Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs
Catching Who Knows What, Yellowlegs

Maybe even part of a crawfish.

I don’t think it was eaten, just banged around a little. That means whatever it was proved to be very, very, nasty.

Spoonbill, Stilt, And The Alligators

This photograph is a good example of what happens when marsh water is low. The short version is, everybody is crowded together.

Some other nearby marsh ponds and rice fields have water but food is easier here. A trade off considering the other occupants.

Spoonbill, Stilt, And The Alligators
Spoonbill, Stilt, And The Alligators

Above has a Roseate Spoonbill, Black-necked Stilt, and of course the local Alligators.

Roseate Spoonbill Coming To Feed

As the water continued to lower here the Spoonbills came in closer than normal. We were along the dikes and as long as we kept to our typical spots they came and went with no problems.

Roseate Spoonbill Coming To Feed
Roseate Spoonbill Coming To Feed

This bird flew by along the dike right in front of me allowing a decent full size in flight shot.

 

A Watering Hole, Alligator

As I work through these photographs I am amazed at how many large Alligators managed to congregate in one marsh. I am starting to see the hierarchy here though.

No small Alligators were on this side of the dike. Plenty were in the other marshes, which also had more water. They stayed on the other side.

A Watering Hole, Alligator
A Watering Hole, Alligator

The area above, where the animals are, is under water most months of the year. It is a small island and rookery for Night Herons.

Right now there isn’t a Night Heron anywhere near this spot. Wonder why.

A Watering Hole, Alligator
A Watering Hole, Alligator

 

A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator

So, what happens when the water in a wild marsh slowly shrinks.

This;

A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator
A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator

Evertbody gets a little closer, sometimes very close. Here we have, gators, Spoonbill, and photographer.

A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator
A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator

It’s not always a good thing, but it is so very fascinating !

A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator
A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator

There is always one eye on the prize, one on what else is going on around you. Again here, we all paid attention.

A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator
A Walk On The Wild Side, Spoonbill, Alligator

A watering hole.