Gator's Out

Gator catching a few rays. Posted by Hello

There was a brisk wind blowing on the pond today as we led a group of college students out to learn a little bit about the plants that grow here. Since we had some novice canoeists with us, we didn't want to venture too close to this alligator as it was sunning on a log in the water. I just sort of aimed the camera in the general direction of the log and hoped for the best. My technique yielded a picture that, while not great, is at least recognizable as a gator :)

This particular gator is about six to six and a half feet long. It uses this log frequently but we weren't sure it would be out today. Our temperatures were in the upper 50s to low 60s and there was a fair amount of cloud cover, not ideal conditions for basking. The students seemed to enjoy seeing the alligator and the alligator didn't seem to mind being seen, so all in all it was a good thing.


Michuli said...

Wow, great photo especially when you click to enlarge, such a picturesque swamp you have. I was also very pleased to see the frogs, I have been worried about them, over the last decade or so I've seen less and less of the little guys.

swamp4me said...

We have had a real resurgence in our frog populations here in the last two or three years. It's encouraging.

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

And Mother Earth shrugs her shoulders and the dandruff of mankind is brushed into deep space.

Keith, RN said...

Great photo. Your love of nature is very inspiring.

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Anvilcloud said...

You asked on my blog whether below zero meant C or F. I tried to reply there, but you know how blogger kicks up a fuss on occasion.

Sorry, I usually remember to say freezing rather than zero or to give both the C and F, but if I forget, as I am prone to do, and only supply one figure, it will invariably be in C.

Yes, if you would like to take this poor northern refugee in for a few days, that would be great. You can even leave me out there with that aligator for all I care right now. (just kidding -- I think)