Thursday, January 27, 2011

Alligator mississippiensis

This guy is much better in black and white because the water was all brown and murky and meh. Monochrome is a little more fitting. (Taken at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, East Texas last month) Weekend Reflections Black and White Weekend

34 comments:

Woody said...

The eyes are positively evil. Awesome.

KT said...

Geez...look at that snout!

I'll never forget our bike ride in Shark Valley in the Everglades...gators just on the side of the road.

They are such odd creatures...

Gaelyn said...

It's kind of cute, in its own way.

Janie said...

Great photo. Seems to show his not too friendly personality.

John S. Mead said...

Positively prehistoric! Nice job!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The only gators I've ever seen in real life were in captivity. Someday I hope to see one wild, free and up close. Real close.

biobabbler said...

Nice. They look so impassive to me. Does look great in b&w.

LauraX said...

he looks so comfortable and in command of his space!

Sylvia K said...

Definitely evil eyed!! And it is indeed an awesome capture! I definitely get the message that it wouldn't be a good idea to get into the water to say hello! Hope you have a great weekend, Jill!

Sylvia

Gine said...

Belle bĂȘte !

Pat Tillett said...

very nice! nothing like looking into the eye of something that would like to eat you!

Malyss said...

Even in B&W, this guy is scarying!..great shot anyway!

Dianne said...

I love his eye
and I love the striped effect the water has

James said...

Very cool shot! He seems to be sizing you up. :)

tapirgal said...

I think I might have liked the murky brown, but in any event, it's nice to see the alligator. Nice way to start my day :)

Kim, USA said...

Oh my looks like he is creeping for food!! ^_^
Weekend Reflection

RuneE said...

That was a potential biting post - vety nice in b & w.

Carver said...

That's fantastic. I love how some shots aren't as effective until I change them to black and white. I can see how that might have been the case with this based on your description.

Marie said...

Gosh what a beast. A very nice model for mono :-)

anemonen said...

What a beast. Hope I never will meet some.

Jidhu Jose said...

superb shot

KaHolly said...

What a handsome devil. Great shot.

Snow Leopard said...

Black death for the unwary prey

Dagrun said...

Well the textures of the animal (and the reflections in the water) actually makes it a good b/wh subject I think.

Out on the prairie said...

I like the tones, I never saw any last Xmas, I guess I wasn't looking well enough.

Mama Zen said...

He's a beauty!

Karen said...

What an amazing creature, a modern dinosaur. I love the reflection of his eye in the water. A great shot.

Genie said...

Alligators really do scare me. I agree with you that the black and white works well in this instance. I saw a lot of these guys growing up in south Florida, but they still scare me. Never-the-less, I do like your photo.

Inger-M said...

He looks mean, but the reflecting ripples are beautiful. Or is it a she? She could be mean too :-)
Have a great weekend :-)

Martha Z said...

I never thought of that, making a monochrome out of a picture with mucky water. Good idea.

Debby said...

This works so well in black and white. What a great shot.

Nature Rambles said...

Scary to look at.. but what a shot!

Dragonstar said...

What a fine shot. The water looks good in B&W, not murky at all, and all the textures and reflections are great.

'Tsuki said...

Brrrr... Frightening reflection indeed... I just love it !