Category Archives: Alligator

A Marsh Scene, Several Things Happening

It’s always a pleasant surprise when you discover the scene you photographed has all kinds of things going on.

A Marsh Scene, Several Things Happening
A Marsh Scene, Several Things Happening

The initial idea was to shoot the big Alligator on this small hammock. However as I began to get the shot, a few Spoonbills made their way in.

A Marsh Scene, Several Things Happening
A Marsh Scene, Several Things Happening

While they moved around the big Alligator I half expected them to suddenly fly off. They didn’t but I took a few more shots anyway.

A Marsh Scene, Several Things Happening
A Marsh Scene, Several Things Happening

But now, after I processed the image, a third scene was playing out.

Another set of eyes watching me on the edge of the marsh.

If you don’t see them click the image above and look at the large Alligators back, something peeking over the top.

 

 

How You Get Tricked, Alligator

I’m sure that you see just what I did.

And this is where you tripped up. How many Alligators are there?

How You Get Tricked, Alligator
How You Get Tricked, Alligator

Like me you are looking at the big guy swimming in the swamp.

Now… look at the far right of the photograph, on the bank.

Click the image to enlarge because you can see a big Alligator tail sticking out of the brush.

This happens all the time.

At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out

A common, but always interesting meeting. It was made better by having a new friend out with us for the first time. Until you are out here it’s hard to describe, throw in a big Alligator and it has to be experienced first hand.

At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out
At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out

We started down a small trail walked only with a strong wind. Mosquitoes will devour you here. We found the Alligator above a short way down.

At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out
At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out

He was a little close but as usual just watched us go by.

At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out
At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out

However as we came alongside he turned towards us and moved a bit closer. If you are not familiar with Alligators this is, well, a concern.

In reality he wanted a better view of what was walking by. He only went a few steps.

At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out
At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out

Above is a shot from the point of view after we walked past him. He was turning to keep an eye on us, fair play because we were doing the same.

At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out
At First He Ignored Us But Curiosity Won Out

About this time we turned and walked back past him. Our friend was not totally comfortable and besides we just had a great introduction into these marshlands and Alligators.

He was curious, that’s the whole story. So, our friend had an adventure to share when back up north, we all got some good shots, and even the Alligator got a break from boredom.

 

Note; a version of the third photograph graph here was used in another recent article Comparing Cousins