Posts Tagged ‘Alligator’

American Alligator – A Haiku

Shy, timid, peaceful

Sprawl, crawl, territorial

We ambush our prey.

2023 Albert Moyer, Jr, photography and poetry

A few reptile photos from my trip last weekend at Brazos Bend. 2015 Albert Moyer, Jr.

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A Big Alligator!

I took this photo at Brazos Bend State Park.

I estimate the size at about 12 feet and 500 plus pounds.

I was 30 feet away when I shot the photo. Brave or stupid? LOL

2013 Albert Moyer, Jr.


Alligators really blend into their environment and you always have to be watching for them especially in Florida. This one caught my eye while walking along a trail near the water’s edge. Do you see it?



A fellow blogger asked me if I actually get close to gators when taking their photos. The answer is,”Yes!” Gators are not the monsters people think they are. Gators are actually quite docile, and are as curious about us, as we are of them. I often find they are quite afraid of humans. Here I am up close and personal with some gator friends. The ideal distance is 30 feet or more away from them. I might be cheating that a little here.

Ask me to do this for crocodiles and we have,”NO DEAL!” That is a totally different reptile with more aggressive tendencies.

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It’s always nice to walk along a path and run into a reptilian friend.  It makes for great photo opportunities and observation. This young, or possibly female gator, was warming in the Texas sun along Elm Lake at Brazos Bend State Park.


I could not resist taking this photo because I have never seen the two so close together. Is the gator a friend or waiting for supper? Only he knows.

Photo taken in New Iberia, LA.



This is what a beautiful, fat, healthy, 12 foot gator looks like sunning himself in the wild.

This photo was taken be me at Chicot State Park in Ville Platte, LA at about 3o yards away in a canoe.


This gator is barely,”Head Above Water.” I took this photo at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas. This park is loaded with BIG gators.  I estimate this bad boy to be 11 to 13 feet and probably anywhere from 400 to 700 lbs. This is also known as a Cajun Yard Dog in Louisiana.