Category Archives: Alligator

Best Stay On The Trail, Alligator

Some days it’s not a good idea to wander too far off the dikes. This was one of them.

I have written before that some days I just like to photograph Alligators. No choice here, they were everywhere. Point and shoot.

Best Stay On The Trail, Alligator
Best Stay On The Trail, Alligator

The weather kept changing, but the one constant was the gators. Above is a random sample of the day.

Note; look in the brush, they were there too.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

I had pulled back my lens, as I often do, to catch the full flight of this Great Egret.

The images turned out to be a nice example of keeping perspective in the photographs. There can always be something to show off what it is like in their swamps.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

Above we have the Spanish Moss in the frame and below the Egret is an Alligator floating by.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

Cypress trees usually are draped in the Moss and their distinct shape adds interest.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

The Alligator remained in background. By itself, not in a series, the surrounding area still makes each individual image stand up well.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

This same birds flight gave a whole new look when climbing up to the nest. Trees, woods, and resting Cormorants now provide background.

Why I Shoot Wide, Egret
Why I Shoot Wide, Egret

Anyway, this is why I like to shoot a little wider than other photographers.

A Sense Of Humor, Alligator

This is the ‘Official’ danger sign from the state of South Carolina.

Alligators ‘May Live Here’. With emphasis on ‘May’.

A Sense Of Humor, Alligator
A Sense Of Humor, Alligator

If you have a puddle, pool, or rain barrel in the Lowcountry you have an Alligator. It’s no big deal.

A Sense Of Humor, Alligator
A Sense Of Humor, Alligator

I admit this sign makes me laugh. Any time I can catch an Alligator with this sign I grab a photograph.

I don’t think I would poke the little guy, but he’s a great conversation piece.

I Can’t Help Myself, Alligator

When I’m walking by and I see one doing something, even just a big open mouth, I take the shot.

I Can't Help myself, Alligator
I Can’t Help myself, Alligator

I’m not new at this, I should have plenty of other things to work with. But still, it’s an Alligator. Being goofy.

I Can't Help myself, Alligator
I Can’t Help myself, Alligator

I can’t help myself.

Great Blue Heron Making An Exit

This Heron was a nice distance for me. I try to catch shots in the mid range of a long lens whenever possible. They can have good depth and be wide enough to include the surroundings.

Great Blue Heron Making An Exit
Great Blue Heron Making An Exit

It’s great to see the subjects details however I personally to some perspective too.

Great Blue Heron Making An Exit
Great Blue Heron Making An Exit

In these you can see some shoreline, cypress trees, and even a couple Alligators in the background.

Great Blue Heron Making An Exit
Great Blue Heron Making An Exit

Over the years everyone gets a style and preferences. I guess these are mine.

 

Close, But No Disagreements, Alligator

Alligators rarely attack another that is of the same size. Unless a female is involved there’s no point.

This time was looking to be an exception. Another Alligator, not seen here, had caught an Anhinga. All the bigger Alligators went to investigate if there was anything in it for them.

Close, But No Disagreements, Alligator
Close, But No Disagreements, Alligator

These two started swimming in circles around each other. You can see the ripples in the image above.

Nothing further happened and the group moved back to the island in this swamp. Where they all seem to hide together.