October 14, 2013

Alligator, Okefenokee Swamp

Photograph by Melissa Farlow

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An alligator walks in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia.

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22 comments
David Murray
David Murray

The amazing color magnitude accents the projection of the photo

john paul tanner
john paul tanner

I just plan love alligators evan thou at one time I feared them like nothing else plus I just plan love how powerful they are and I love the pics with them hiding but this is awesome.

David Beraldo
David Beraldo

I love the contrast of dark, dark green of this gator with the red rusty colour of the mud below it, it really makes it stand out (I'm used to seeing photos of these guys perfectly camouflaged among lillypads and algae).  Alligators and crocodiles have always held for me feelings of fear, fascination, and awe.  Sure, sharks and cockroaches have been around longer, but no animal instills a sense of the prehistoric like these reptiles.  You could go back millions and millions of years in their evolutionary line and despite the differences their ancestors may have had, they would still be instantly recognizable as a crocodilian.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Beautiful, terrifying and looking quite prehistoric in this shot!

Clifford H.
Clifford H.

This picture encompasses so much mood and feeling that I find myself scrambling for ways to describe it. I often look at these images wondering what my life is missing out on. Somewhere out there, away from skyscrapers and taxi cabs, there is this graceful fossil gently lurking and glaring at everything that passes its sight. This creature has, for a long time, haunted my dreams and seeing its stern, armored body laid out so elegantly truly makes me shudder. What a moving image.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

I can imagine the water turning a more crimson shade of red as soon as the stillness abates.

There is lurking menace in those waters.


Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 8/10 zoom lenses

Lloyd Calvin
Lloyd Calvin

@David Beraldo 
That isn't the mud that is rusty. That is the water of the Okefenokee swamp. All the tannins from the cypress trees turn the water "tea" colored. I grew up very close to the main park in Waycross and could almost give the tour speech. ;)

john paul tanner
john paul tanner

@Janice Halpin I know that they look terrifying at first but they are amazing animals with a fierce but well earned reputation like me.

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