Fun Friday: Don’t Step on That Gator!




Today’s Fun Friday post is two more photos taken at an alligator pool in Myakka River State Park, Florida. Among the seemingly endless number of alligators at this small water pool, birds were busy foraging among the gators as if they weren’t even there! Although today’s images seem to show a Great Egret stepping on/very […]

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The Lumbering Dinosaur




In my last photo trip to Florida (winter 2014), I captured some of my favorite Florida residents, the American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis). Resembling dinosaurs, you mostly see these large amphibians either sunning along the banks of water pools, or with just a head sticking out of the water. However, I was able to capture a […]

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Whoa, Watch Your Step!




While in Florida, we had a unique opportunity to attend a “Raptorfest” at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a local nature preserve in St. Petersburg. It was a wonderful experience to see some awesome raptors, up close and personal, as well as some flight demonstrations. I was especially awed in watching a Peregrine Falcon speed demonstration […]

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“Daddy Sing Bass …”




… Mama sing tenor”. I think that’s how an old Johnny Cash/June Carter-Cash song started out. What does that have to do with this post? Really nothing, except for the deep, bass-like sound of the bull alligator! While photographing in the Myakka River State Park area one evening, I was photographing from the north side […]

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Watch Your Step, Please!




I’ll be sharing a few more bird images from my winter Florida trip, but first I wanted to change the pace and feature some non-bird images today. While photographing along the Anhinga Trail, I was always conscious of watching for American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). During the first portion of the Anhinga Trail, it is paved […]

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Fun Friday: Up to Your Armpits in Alligators?




Not really … Not unless you’ve been in this predicament: Birds at Myakka River State Park seemed to not be much afraid of the alligators, often sitting very close to them. I’m sure they were aware and “on guard”, but sure wasn’t obvious!  :o) Photo Equipment Used: Canon 7D body Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, […]

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Beware, Mother’s Nearby!




This is always an interesting sight … baby alligators! But beware … where the babies are, momma is! Here is a closeup of a couple of her babies: And right behind them, is mom, mostly submerged: Finding baby alligators is always a potentially dangerous situation, as momma gator is always nearby. In this instance, danger […]

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Fun Friday: Two Heads Are Better Than One




From a watering hole near St. Petersburg, Florida: Always fun to capture nice reflections in water! Photo Equipment Used: Canon 1D Mark 3 body Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC Handheld ISO 400 Aperture f/13 Shutter 1/400 sec.    

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Ol’ Leatherneck




Some American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) that I photographed in 2009 in Myakka River State Park: Myakka River State Park is one of my favorite places to visit, when in Florida. Located on the Gulf side of Florida, and not far from Sarasota, it is a beautiful park. I especially love staying in one of the […]

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