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Move But No Motion, Alligator

Is the title here a contradiction ? Not really. And that’s one of the things so fascinating about an Alligator.

Look at the image below.

Move But No Motion, Alligator
Move But No Motion, Alligator

You can see the slight ripple in front of his nose, a flow of water rolling of his snout. Just a hint of movement. And yet he was swimming towards me to get a better look.

I always use the description curious, it fits best. He was cruising around below, me standing on the trunk above photographing over a marsh.

Move But No Motion, Alligator
Move But No Motion, Alligator

An Alligators tail is about 50% of his total body length.  A slight flick of the tail pushes him forward very easily. They don’t waste energy doing much of anything. Don’t be fooled though. For a short distance these guys are fast, very fast.

Fall Marsh

I should have had a different lens for this. A wide prime would have been better, but changing lens on the fly out here can be tricky.

Almost a basic snap shot of a marsh as I walked by.

Fall Marsh
Fall Marsh

While no red oak trees the browns and golds are pretty.

Throw in a few floating predators and you have an interesting shot.

 

Big Head, Alligator

He was comfortable and had no plans of moving,

Big Head, Alligator
Big Head, Alligator

This guy had the classic ‘thick neck’ and length marking him as a big male. A guess is about 11 feet (3.5m) long.

Big Head, Alligator
Big Head, Alligator

I walked around him a bit to get a few different angles.

Big Head, Alligator
Big Head, Alligator

There were only a few options I grabbed shots at most spots since it had been a while since I really taken any time with a big local.