This is the gator connected to the tail in yesterday's post. This photo was taken in the same spot the day tropical storm Barry came over dropping 4 or 5 inches of rain. He's appeared on Pure Florida before as he's wonderfully easy to photograph since he's always in the same area.
Yesterday's photo was just a reminder that you really need to be alert around freshwater bodies in Florida. These truly wild gators are actually less of a threat than the ones near human habitation. Those suburban gators lose their fear of humans through familiarity.
Speaking of tails ...
Around here, when I go for a photo op walk around the Pure Florida woods, I first have to dodge these knuckleheads. Flounder (standing) and Feather are sibling puppies that have brightened our lives for the past 11 and a half years.
Even though they spend a lot of time snoozing on the porch these days, for some reason (love and complete adoration of me) they really enjoy coming along if I head off the porch with camera in hand.
This creates all kinds of challenges for my wildlife photography efforts. It's frustrating to pick each footfall, avoiding twigs and crunchy leaves as you close on a deer or bird, and then have two dogs walk on ahead of you crunching and smashing through the brush.
Should you stop to hunker down and wait for the wildlife to come to you, Feather will take this as a sign that you are eager to rub her belly. To make this easier for you, she will assume the belly rubbing position and roll back and forth to get your attention ... AND the attention of whatever wildlife you were stalking.
I've tried reasoning with her, but she does that "You hung the moon" adoration thing and I melt.
As if wildlife photography wasn't challenging enough ...
... now I have to be stealthy just to get out of the house.