Eye of an Alligator


High on an embankment, I followed this American Alligator slowly floating along a canal.  I thought the water and reflections were pretty and added a nice touch.


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American Alligator


The alligator slowed down to a stop.  So I stopped too, and remained still in my safe spot.  Good, I thought, now I can try some close-ups of its eye.

When I processed my photos, I was not expecting to find this….


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Alligator’s Eye Reflecting Me #1


See me?

S/he started moving again, so again I slowly followed.  I had no idea that I had captured my reflection in the alligator’s eye.

In this next photo, you can see a wooden road barrier I am behind.


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Alligator’s Eye Reflecting Me #2


The alligator floated eventually into the sunlit water, overexposing the scene so I turned around and left, hoping I got some good close-ups.  😊

(photos take January 2020, Big Cypress National Preserve Park, Florida)


58 thoughts on “Eye of an Alligator

  1. There aren’t alligators here where I live, and they are really scary. I don’t think that would be able to stay at a needed distance to take a photo 🙂

    • No, we don’t mess with alligators, they are very dangerous. I always keep a distance, and most times I’m at the top of an embankment that drops off to a waterway, so the alligator doesn’t have a chance of climbing up and out. Now on land, whoa, you gotta give them their room. They can run up to 11 mph but it’s only in a short, straight spurt, then they’re done (they can swim up to 20 mph!). A rule I read while down in Florida stated if you’re going to run from an alligator, run in a zigzag (to the left a few steps, then turn sharply to the right for a few more steps, then repeat, zigzagging), do not run in a straight line from them. Alligators can not turn fast and you’ll make them lose their momentum in their chase. 🙂

      • Good to know. I hope not to have to run from an alligator though. Also I’m a bit like an alligator, can run only a short time and then I’m done and gasping 😊

  2. The alligator was most likely thinking, who’s this “boccato di cardinale”? Great shots, Donna. 🙂

    • Thank you, Gunta! I was at a distance, up on an embankment, with my long lens. I was very safe! But that doesn’t mean you can’t venture other areas and not have one crossing the road or your bike path every now and then. 😉

  3. Nice to know how fast they go-I wouldn’t stand a chance. It would be a little daunting to see yourself reflected in its eye, but a nice close-up and can see that you are a good distance away.

    • Thank you, I enjoyed photographing such a dangerous animal, but always took extra precautions to make sure it was a friendly encounter, from a safe distance, and not the other way around.

  4. Beautiful, mesmerizing, enchanting… it draws you in! William – “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

    • Thank you, William! I know I was ‘wow’ing just seeing the scenes and trying to figure out where to start shooting before the compositions disappeared. I’ll not forget this!

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