Eyeball to Eyeball Well, not really; I was using 300mm lens on a Nikon V1 giving an effective 810mm focal length. With a 35mm lens, this image would likely be a once in a lifetime event. So, whose eye are you looking at? Yep, an American Alligator in the Everglades.
Afternoon Gator While warming up in the afternoon sun, this gator had to put at least his nose in the water. The soft late afternoon sun and shadow played over his head. Remember, on the Nikon 1 V1, 80mm is really 216mm; I wasn’t really too close.
Gator Party Everglades NP obviously has plenty of American Alligators. Looking down from the observation tower, they sometimes form geometric patterns.
American Alligator Hunting On a late afternoon visit to Paurotis Pond in Everglades National Park, this alligator crossed the pond in an even glide point in a singular direction. He finally glided into the bush, perhaps, in search of his next good meal. Next week, I’ll post a few images of what that next good meal might be.
Juvenile Alligator This image was captured on the fly. I happened upon a couple of juveniles and could not see their mother. So, after a couple of quick clicks, I made a hasty retreat. You just don’t want to be between a mom and her kids.
Eye of the Gator Well, Florida Outback week has turned into American Alligator week. This eye just seemed to have such character coming from a 60+ year old alligator. Some folks appear to think that the Nikon 70-300mm lens at 300mm can be a bit soft. On the Nikon 1 V1, the 300mm turns into 810mm; helping me keep a safe distance and still capture the image. It’s sharp enough for me.
Gator: Eye to Eye Meet the American Alligator up close and personal. Oh, sure, I was close, but not too close. The 70-300mm set at 70mm is still 189mm after the Nikon 1 V1 crop factor. This guy is much younger than yesterday’s post. As a FYI, American Alligators are black; some folks apparently think some are green. Not so, they’re all black. Anyway, I was very close to the ground to capture the image. And, there were several gators in the area. Remember, although they generally move about rather slowly, these guys can really move fast. Keep a safe distance.
American Alligator Welcome to the Florida Outback weekly theme. The American Alligator remains the iconic animal of the Florida Everglades. It’s the top of the food chain in the glades. This guy, a 60+ year old gator, barely moved as we passed by his favorite spot to sun bath. Gators must keep their internal body temperature at 82º F so it’s a water and sun life. Again, the Nikon 1 V1 and the 70-300mm gave me plenty of reach in a light hiking package.