…morning light is magic…

Baby Gator on Lily Pad

Went back to Brazos Bend State Park this morning and found that the momma gator and several of the babies had moved across the trail into 40 acre lake.  Since there was no log for the gators to lay on, some of them chose to spread out on the lily pads, which made for some interesting photo op’s.  I didn’t sit on the bank as momma gator was very angry after one of her babies got snatched by a Great Blue Heron.  More on that later.

Taken with Canon 7D and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II head

1/320 sec @ F11, ISO 800, evaluative metering, +2/3 exposure compensation, 500mm

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10 responses

  1. Roselyn

    Beautiful !

    May 26, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • Thanks Roselyn. They are cute little critters.

      May 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

  2. Doug Haass

    Cool shot. I like the change of scenery.

    May 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    • Thanks Doug. It was good to see them on the other side of the trail but I’ll miss the pile ‘O gators on the other log.

      May 28, 2013 at 4:52 pm

  3. That is a neat shot. I have been wondering how many would end up surviving.

    May 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    • Thanks David. The ranger mentioned that only 1 in 100 will survive for 3 years. Not good odds for the little critters.

      May 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  4. That looks like a comfy spot.

    May 27, 2013 at 2:15 am

    • I’m glad that they have sturdy lily pads as it made for a cool photo op.

      May 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

  5. Don’t you wish that you could find such a nice place to take a nap? Great shot.

    May 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

    • Thanks Larry. That would have to be one honker of a lily pad for me. I’ll stick to my bed.

      May 28, 2013 at 4:54 pm

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