Our day at Lake Martin on Friday was awesome, starting with a little drama. When we arrived, Double D pulled over on the gravel road that borders the lake―a little too close to the water in my opinion. As soon as I stepped out of the car (on the water side) and ventured a few steps, an alligator zoomed towards us at an alarming rate, much faster than normal, with us as its target. As it twisted its body I suddenly sensed danger. All those hours devoted to watching Swamp People finally came in handy! I quickly snapped off two shots then ran to the drivers side yelling at Double D to make his own break, and climbed up on the roof of the car with my camera. Whew. I took one last parting shot, making our way further down to the nesting herons, shaken and grateful to still have all our limbs intact. Our eyes were constantly searching and ears listening, for any other rogue gators the remainder of the day. It took a while for our hearts to return to a normal rate. Exhilarating!
|I apologize for the glare, but as you can see from the ripple she's leaving behind, I had little time to react.|
This shot was taken right as she was about to roll. That's when I made a mad dash back to the car.
|Shot from the roof of the car. No cropping. Her face is resting on the bank.|
|I caught a couple of images like this with the eye acting weird.|
|The dragonfly appears to be leaving a contrail behind, but it's actually vegetation.|