This hungry guy is from Gatorland in Orlando, FL. I am a big fan of Gatorland. A small park near Disney…if you are in town on holiday…its a great place to visit. Lots of critters to see and these big gators! This dude was waiting for lunch…good thing I had a big lens, so it wasn’t me!
We lived about 30 minutes north of Orlando for a few years. Florida is a wonderful state…but we learned quickly if there is a lake with water..chances of a gator in it are good. When we first moved there about 2004 we had a small lake in the backyard. Probably 25 houses surrounded it (decent size). We asked the agent, “There are no gators in here”..he kindly noted “No, this is a gated community”. Then about 2 months after we were in…I was eating my breakfast and the lake was nice and calm. I saw something floating. Looked twice…and yep a gator in our backyard!! He wasn’t too big luckily…about 4 feet. But hey..any size is too big for me! I grabbed a tennis ball and did my best Nolan Ryan and missed him (just a bit outside). He turned and watched me for the next 10 minutes. I got bored that he was not showing any aggression. Probably afraid of me. LOL In FLA if I can recall, an alligator below 6 ft must be left alone if not causing any problems. So I called anyway as our daughter was just a baby…and a gator in the backyard is not welcome! Never saw him again after that day! Whew!
I have quite a few gator stories. I am sure anyone that lives in FLA does! If you ever see one and he chases you…just remember to run diagonally!! Their small legs cannot make quick turns! C Ya Later Gator!!
Talke Photography Settings:
- Camera: Nikon D300
- Lens: Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR + Nikon TC-14EII (1.4x Teleconverter)
- Setting: Aperture Mode
- Focal Length: 280.0mm
- ISO: 200
- Exposure: 1/160 – Single RAW HDR (+2 to -2)
- Aperture: f/10
- Gear: Hand Held
- Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza