Category Archives: Alligator

After Golden Hour, Alligator

This is another shot taken while I was watching the light quickly change for the day. At this time the sun was down below the tree line.

After Golden Hour, Alligator
After Golden Hour, Alligator

Not more than 15 minutes before this everything was sunny and gold, even the gator had a glow.

Now, well he is the typical Alligator with that dull, somewhat dangerous, look.

Visiting With The Locals, Alligators

A few photographs from a visit to a wildlife management area.

Visiting With The Locals, Alligators
Visiting With The Locals, Alligators

These guys come in all shapes and sizes out there since they have no natural enemies.

Visiting With The Locals, Alligators
Visiting With The Locals, Alligators

Once grown past around 3 feet (1 meter) they are fairly safe to grow as old as possible.

Visiting With The Locals, Alligators
Visiting With The Locals, Alligators

Based on size 60 years is not uncommon out here.

 

It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator

A first glance can be deceiving. While I love taking photographs of the locals in the water, you never can really tell their size.

It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator

While walking on a dike I noticed a typical Alligator moving between me and the grasses, a canal of sorts (another dike) runs along here.

I almost titles this ‘Gravity Is A Problem’, but the ‘big’ fit too. There are a large number of images here in this step by step (literally) series.

Below was the first I noticed the Alligator, he was thinking about climbing up to the other dry dike.

It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator
It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator

I got the idea he was bigger than first thought when he swam along looking for an Alligator trail rather than just jumping up.

It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator
It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator

Wow, this was a struggle getting his fat butt out of the water.

It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator

In the previous 3 photographs you can see how he needed to work those big legs.

It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator
It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator

When he finally got up there he needed a break, to catch his breath.

It's Not East Being Big, Alligator
It’s Not East Being Big, Alligator

How big, hard to tell. But at a minimum 11 feet, maybe 3 1/2 meters. He was carrying some weight around too.

At the end he lumbered off into the reeds for a nap. At this size he has no worries about safety, who will bother him?

Golden Hour, Alligator

The first of a few shots taken playing with the ‘golden hour’ of light. This is the short time right after sunrise, or right before sunset, when the light is much softer.

Golden Hour, Alligator
Golden Hour, Alligator

Here this was right before sunset and the softer sun was causing a glow on the water.

Yes, odd to even think of using an Alligator picture. However, this came about because the gator was slowly moving around me, from sun to shade, and all through sunset. He must have wanted to be in my spot for the evening. He wanted to wait me out.

The images each have a different light, and there were plenty that showed how the sun changed how he looked.  I’ll post some when complete.

Besides, I think he looks good.

What Was He Thinking, Alligator

I know they want to get dry, out of the water. There were plenty of other options though.

What Was He Thinking, Alligator
What Was He Thinking, Alligator

It doesn’t even look comfortable.

What Was He Thinking, Alligator
What Was He Thinking, Alligator  

He thought it was OK since I never did see him leave this spot. There for hours.

What Was He Thinking, Alligator
What Was He Thinking, Alligator

Pushy Bugger, Alligator

OK, this is an article with a large number of photographs. Don’t let that put you off, it’s a funny and interesting story. He really was a ‘pushy bugger’.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

The following images are in order of our ‘encounter’. And really it started like any other, nothing special.

Below is PB (pushy bugger) and he was floating close to the bank in the corner of this swamp. He was pushing around in the weeds catching whatever his nose bumped into. Typically young gator feeding and he looked to be a couple of years old.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

I took a few shots and stepped to the edge.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

So, PB turned and look, a surprise. His tail had been hidden and based on that curve my age guess was a little off, by at least 2 years. Still at around 4 feet (1.3 meters) I knew by standing above him on the bank I looked huge to him.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

Above he turned some more, looked at me, and moved his head around fishing. You can see the water he has pushed around.

Oh my…

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

He put on a little speed and slipped right in front of me, the shot above looking straight down. I did notice he really wasn’t swimming either. His legs were long enough to touch bottom. Perhaps another miscalculation?

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

About now PB was facing me, almost on the swamp bank, doing what Alligators will do. Stare up at you and float around. However, his foot was not supposed to be reaching out… toward me and the bank.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

The moment of truth. I’m not new at this. Apparently neither is he.

At this point my camera can only get the top of his head in focus, and I’m staring down through the view finder…not really looking. No good perspective.

He is staring (as you can see) up into the viewfinder. I want the shot, he wants my space. For the shot… he’s coming and I’m staying.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

We both shifted at about the same time. He brushed past, I turned to keep him in focus.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

As you can clearly see, he was completely intimidated by me.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

So concerned he turned his back on me as he almost stepped on my toes. LOL

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

My new friend PB took perhaps 3 or 4 steps and found the sunny spot he wanted in the first place. He dropped right down to warm up. Alligators do love their sun.

We were both winners. He found a great sun spot, no one to bother him. I got a a nice series, and kept my toes.

All in all a good afternoon.

We Have A Problem, Alligator

This little bugger tried to pushed me around. And he surprised me, bigger than I thought he was. And a little too fearless.

We Have A Problem, Alligator
We Have A Problem, Alligator

In this image everything points to him being maybe 2 years old, maximum. Well, he has a baby face…

I need to work on his photographs, but he was funny, yet not.

Not dangerous, but just doesn’t care one single bit about me and made me get out of his way, almost stepped on my toe.