Friday, February 8, 2013

Baby Gators Take II

Gator babelets! These are from October on the Texas Coast. I really, really like baby alligators. I don't get to see them enough. These were fairly difficult photos to get because the cute guys were hiding in the reeds and grass. It was a fairly sketchy operation that involved almost falling in the water and getting struck at by a water moccasin.  While squatting in the grass with my lens, a fatty cottonmouth came out of the grass and struck at me. I got really (REALLY) lucky that a) I didn't fall in the water and break my camera and lens and b) I didn't get bitten.  It was an exciting few moments there. Really glad the snake threw itself into the water and not the grass behind me because otherwise, I probably would have had to jump in the gross water where Mom gator was...Wheeee! Weekend Reflections Weekend in Black and White Camera Critters

32 comments:

Maboe said...

I like!

Sylvia K said...

Cute little buggers and great reflections for the day, Jill!! Have a great weekend!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Interesting how you rated breaking a camera lens over getting bit. I like snakes...when I see them before they see me. Your encounter I would not have liked.

EG CameraGirl said...

Very cool, Jill. Scary but cool. ;)

Taken For Granted said...

I see your a guy who puts his body on the line to get just the right pictures. I'd leave the snakes and mom gator alone. I can always shoot other pictures. Fine post.

Martha Z said...

Oh, the risks you take for your art but these are great images, Jill.

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the gators. I'm glad you and your camera survived the snake strike.

HansHB said...

Nydelige bilder.
Overraskende flott i B&W!
Dyktig!

Audrey said...

tres reussi et original,bravo !

Monica said...

Great shots of this little "cute one"
:)

Laura said...

excellent photos Jill... the black and white has a crystal feel to it... I hope mamma gator was not near by:-)

agnetha said...

Oj då den lille rackaren ser inte snäll ut. Där får man hålla bort fingrarna.

ClickNCamera said...

Great shots!

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! Amazing shots for BWW ~

Carol of (A Creative Harbor)

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

Only on Count Your Chicken! Great pictures - glad you survived.

AmitAag said...

Wonderfully done B&W!
http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2013/02/lampshade-and-shade.html
-your latest follower

s.c said...

Nice pictures and the reflections are for free.

'Tsuki said...

All three pictures are excellent, Jill, but my favorite is the first one : the composition is perfect and the b&w choice enhace the subject.

Martha Kasper said...

Great pictures and what an adventure to get them!

Merri said...

OK, they are KIND of cute, but they still give me the willies!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Great capture!

Jackie said...

Great shots! I like them but am glad we don't have gators here.

Happy weekend! :-)

Pat said...

Cute shots!

Lavender Cottage said...

Fabulous shots, thanks for risking life and camera!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome shots!

Dragonstar said...

I love your photos! Brave woman!!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Now those are way too cute. I have not seen baby Gators in years... Happy week Jill~

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW. Just wow - amazing shots, dedication beyond understanding, incredible story - well done.

WOW!!!!

biobabbler said...

oh, man, SO glad you were unharmed, but JEEZE do I have baby alligator issues. I. ADORE. them.

I learned to imitate their "Mama!!" call years ago. I LOVE that sound. However, it's probably not a wise sound to make in the land of alligator mamas. WONderful shots. Make me so happy it makes no sense.

THANKS!!!

Dominic Gendron said...

Cool shoot, if i ever get to see one of them...that's the kind of shot i would like to do!

Valerie said...

FANTASTIC shots Jill! Love the reflections. SO glad you didn't end up being introduced to Mama!!Thanks for sharing.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

I don't like gators!!
I was raised on the St. Johns River, below Lake George in Florida. The gators are EVERYWHERE and eating everything in their way. No more ducks can swim in the waters - keep watch of your dog!! Too scarie to paddle the back creeks of the St. Johns in the summer--- You feel like you're on the water of the Amazon! And this has been since the 80s!