I probably oversold this gator photo yesterday with my "favorite gator shot" tease.
I have posted more dramatic gator shots, closer gator shots, and more gatorattitude shots in the past, but this one just speaks to me.
Maybe it's the fact that it was a gift ... I was driving out of the swamp at a fair clip, with a few hours of photography behind me ... my brain was already going over a grocery list ... I was done.
And then, there he was perched like a parrot.
I slid to a stop and backed up, knowing he would slip into the water just as I got opposite of him, but he didn't!
I shot from the JEEP window as clouds blew by changing the light conditions about every 8 seconds ... sunny, shady, sunny, shady, ad infinitum.
I think it's my favorite for it's essence, not it's technical quality.
In fact, it's just a little soft when enlarged.
I don't care... much.
The reflective dark water, the cypress knees, the buttressed cypress trunk ... and of course the perching gator combine in a way that is just right ... to me.
Florida has too many diverse habitats for any one picture to accurately capture her essence, but for me, this gator on his logfty (heehee) perch does a sweet job of representing the freshwater side of Pure Florida.
I know, I know ... it would have been more representative if he was munching a roseatte spoonbill as a 5 foot long sturgeon jumped next to a surfacing manatee ... I know ... but we take what we can get.
And here is what happens when you push your luck and try for some video, but forget that you left the keys in the JEEP ignition as you try to quietly slip out for a close up ...