Wanna Go Swimming?

Probably not in this pool!

While hiking around Myakka River State Park (Florida) in 2014, I came upon an amazing sight … a small pool of water with what seemed to be hundreds of alligators! Gators appeared everywhere. And interestingly, the wading birds were not too afraid of being in the water with the gators (although I bet they were a bit more wary of their surroundings!). Here are a few of my favorite images from the pool:

Alligator Pool

Alligator Pool

Alligator Pool

Alligator Pool

Alligator Pool

Alligator Pool

One large gator surfaced and swam to the bank and when he reached shallow water, he lifted his head and began chewing on a fish:

Alligator eating a fish in the pool

I captured multiple images, overlapping them, so that I could put together a panorama of this wonderful alligator pool. I hope to have it ready and publish it soon.

And on my next trip to Myakka River State Park, I’m planning on taking my kayak with me … although I’ll probably avoid this pool!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, and Canon Powershot SX50 HS (point/shoot)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 and ISO 400
  • Aperture various
  • Shutter various

 

 

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Posted in 2014, Blog, Nature Photography, Reptiles and Amphibians, Travel Photography
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