Category Archives: Alligator

Fresh Water Marsh, Alligator

It’s summer and the big guys lay low. As long as the water levels are deep enough they will stay cool in the water.

Around now this is the only type of photograph you can get. If lucky you might catch one walking by on a trail.

Fresh Water Marsh, Alligator
Fresh Water Marsh, Alligator

Earlier in the year they were active in the mornings. Now the temperatures don’t change much during the night. No cooler mornings here.

Slow Swim To The Dike, Alligator

Not a particularly exciting photograph I know. The hot weather is keeping even these guys hidden away.  Alligators may suffer heat worse than humans. Our body regulates the heat, an Alligator is ‘cold blooded’ and at the mercy of the outside temperature.

Slow Swim To The Dike, Alligator
Slow Swim To The Dike, Alligator

I have been in a slump with Alligator images and this one presented itself.

A Quiet Afternoon, Alligator

Always an interesting subject to photograph. Most times they make it easy for me too.

A Quiet Afternoon, Alligator
A Quiet Afternoon, Alligator

A long lens is useful.

A Quiet Afternoon, Alligator
A Quiet Afternoon, Alligator

But not a requirement either.

A Quiet Afternoon, Alligator
A Quiet Afternoon, Alligator

Just don’t make too much noise.

Bad Angle, But Interesting

I caught the very end of some motion in the corner of my eye. I knew some Herons were there but there was no way for me to get a good look. At least not without falling into the marsh trunk.

Finally I had to see so took a chance and leaned down.

Bad Angle, But Interesting
Bad Angle, But Interesting

Water was slowing flowing into the marsh from the nearby river. That means fish would be coming through too. And they were ready.

Above on the left a young Green Heron was watching the water. Good reason since an Alligator had the best spot already. On the top a Tricolored Heron was ready if something got past the Alligator.

I did not stay to see the action. This was mid day, sun beating down, and it could take all day.

He Saw Us And Stopped, Alligator

Returning from a dike I noticed this Alligator heading from the marsh towards the reeds on the side of a dirt road. The road here has marsh on either side and in spots it’s like an Alligator highway.

There is probably more Alligator traffic than people, the road really goes nowhere except here and a ranger house.

He Saw Us And Stopped, Alligator
He Saw Us And Stopped, Alligator

I was out in the open so I knew he would see me. Didn’t think it matter to either of us one way or the other.

He Saw Us And Stopped, Alligator
He Saw Us And Stopped, Alligator

Obviously he cared. The Alligator put the brakes on and turned.

That’s all. He just wanted to watch.

In fairness it was probably the highlight of his day. Most of the time there’s not much going on.