Just a yawn

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© Ann Reece
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UploadedJune 15, 2010
TakenJune 12, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/40 sec at f/5.6
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length90 mm

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Everything about my Nikon D90 is my favorite feature, but I love being able to change lenses from wide angle of 11mm to a zoom of 300mm and everything in between. The 300mm allows me to get shots like this from a safe distance.

While this looks like the alligator may be challenging us, it is just a yawn. The American Alligators are pretty much non aggressive unless you really make them mad. Even then I have seen people poking them and the alligators just go slide off into the water to get away from them.

14 responses

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    Super shot with your 300mm zoom lens, Ann. I presume these gators are living in the wild.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   said (14 Jun 2010):

    Yes, they live at Brazos Bend State Park and have freedom to go anywhere that they want to go. It is common to see them sunning or just resting along the foot path.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (14 Jun 2010):

    I have never seen an alligator yawn before much less see one in real life..That is a good thing to have a 300 mm zoom to take a great shot like this from a safe distance. These guys look pretty well fed which is probably why they are non aggressive...

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    What a great shot!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Great shot, Ann.....they don't make a lens long enough for me to get a shot of these guys!!

  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Zoom is good....I'd hate to get too close to that alligator! I heard that an alligator was in a residential pool in your neighboorhood this week. Scary!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    WOW!!! Fantastic shot Ann!!

  • Laurie Self

    Laurie Self (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    Fascinating...in a hair-raising sort of way. Who pokes an alligator with a stick? Great shot, though!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (15 Jun 2010):

    What a great shot, Ann! You are right about them not normally being aggressive. When handfed they become different. It is against the law to feed them here. We have had incidents of them bursting through glass doors to get dogs. One had to be removed from a school lunchroom in Tampa a week ago. When they are not afraid, they wind up in strange places. One tore a man up who was diving for golfballs in a water hazard a few months ago.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   said (16 Jun 2010):

    Judy, it is against the law to feed alligators here also but some people do it anyhow and it does make it dangerous for the rest of us.

    Laurie, stupid people poke the alligators! A ranger told my husband about one alligator that someone shot darts and it landed in the eye of an alligator. They watched the alligator closely an the eye did ok, no infections showed up and he got around ok so I guess it did not hurt. One day the ranger saw that the alligator was sleeping so he crept up and in one swift move pulled the dart out of the alligator's eye! He said it didn't even wake the alligator!

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (16 Jun 2010):

    An amazing shot, Ann. Love that yawn!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (18 Jun 2010):

    Wow! Super catch and capture, Ann.

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (6 Jul 2010):

    Quite a yawn, indeed! A wonderful photo of some fascinating creatures. That lens at 300mm was the right choice for this shot!

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (6 Jul 2010):

    So cool....have to love the ZOOM!!!!

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