Tuesday, March 5, 2013
While many disregard the alligator, I seek them out to photograph them. Imagine my surprise to finally see an alligator on the Hells Bay trail that I have paddled through more times than I can count and had never encountered one reptile until that moment when a 10-ft alligator swam in front of us for several hundred feet. Frontlit, it offered interesting lighting in the darkness of the mangrove tunnel it swam through. Or the Rodgers River chickee neighbor that hung out with us around dinner time. And then there were the dozens of alligators in Fisheating Creek, all quickly disappearing upon my presence, but soon reappearing as I sat quietly waiting for them. There have been many encounters with alligators and when I am lucky enough, I get to photograph them. I look for a couple things; clean surroundings (lots of empty space) and angled lighting to accentuate the textures of the animal. Here are a few of my favorites.