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‘Gator on a Rope   1 comment


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Not your average “Soap on a Rope.”

This, it seems to me, is one prime example of a giant bull Alligator mississippiensis, otherwise known as the American alligator. All I need to know is that they have big teeth and strong tails and that my kayak hull is rather fragile when it comes right down to it.

It was a warm day in late April on the Silver River, so the beast came onshore to collect some heat from the sun. Typically, alligators stay sedentary, preferring not to go into the colder water unless they feel threatened. If they do get scared, their normal safety procedure is to scramble directly into the water and submerge. That’s fine, as long as one’s kayak is not between the ‘gator and the water.

There’s a 3 knot current in the Silver River, so once I spotted this guy, I paddled upstream a bit, grabbed the camera and began to drift (from right-to-left in this picture.) As I came directly across from my subject, I noticed the OTHER tail in the woods… “Good ford!” I said, “There’s two of ‘em!” Evidently, this little puppy had a girlfriend.

Not wanting to disturb his marital bliss any longer (they do have reptilian brains, after all, and are not capable of much discernment), I slowly paddled… backwards.

I Gotta Right to Sing the Greens   7 comments


I Gotta Right to Sing the Greens

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During the dog days of summer here in the South, backyard critters will still find a way to keep cool, and to be cool.

This Carolina Anole seemed to be singing his heart out toward the end of a long day of catching bugs. We noticed him through the glass doors leading to the back deck, so I grabbed the new Sony NEX 7 with the an 18-55 lens and got right up against the glass.

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Stud Muffin   8 comments


Stud Muffin

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I’ve found that Carolina anoles make great subjects for photography. They’re unusual and useful animals, they tend to stay still long enough to get the shot, and when seen closely, their antics are charming.

This little guy climbed up seven feet onto the top of one of the birdboxes in the meadow, and from there put on a courtship display. To whom, I have no idea. He’d get up on his toes, pump up and down a couple of times, then take a deep breath and puff out his call sign. I can only trust it works for him.

After first checking to make sure he wasn’t smuggling our strawberries, I moved in for a series of interesting close-up shots. After I had moved away, we began to wonder where he’d go from there. Almost as soon as we had the thought, we saw him BASE jump off the birdbox into the tall clover below. We never knew he could do that.

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That Wathn’t Vewwy Funny   10 comments


That Wathn't Vewy Funny....
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Shortly after I threw down the challenge seen in “I Double Dog Dare You!”, the Carolina Anole yanked his tongue off the tomato cage and stormed off, but not without casting a rather cold-blooded look over his shoulder.

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