Tooth Decay by Karen  Moore

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I shot this photo on my first trip back to my favorite place. The creek gets really dry druing the no rain months here in Fla. It takes allot of rain for it to have enough water in it for my little boat. Here it is allready August and there really still is not enough water, Florida or at least SWFL needs more rain. This gator is at least 10 foot. I am always on the lookout for a great gator shot. While riding in my boat at Fisheating Creek, it’s really hard to get a shot of one that is on dry ground. As soon and I mean they are fast, as soon as they spot the boat they run for cover. That is, they like to sink their self in the deep water. This gator was trapped by a floating log. He wanted to get to the deep water but the log was in his way. He thought I am guessing that he would go over the log, which is why his head is high above the water. Looking through the lens is kind of scary, after all I am in a ghenee and it is not much higher then that log. I took the shot just before he changed his mind about going over and went under the log. Now you would have to imagine this. He is in only in, maybe a foot of water, and about 2 feet about from the boat. He splashed so hard the log when flying and about scared me out of the boat. My heart was beating so fast, I am sure that I would have been a site to see!

Taken in Fisheating Creek Palmdale Fl.
G is for Gator
Taken 8/28/2009


alligators, fisheating creek

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

    great (and scary) capture !
    my best, francis.

  • Yes I agree this one was a bit scary !

    – Karen Moore

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    OMG Karen this must have been so scarey, I wouldnt be falling out of the boat then lol, did you get hurt, I hope not, wow nice work Karen,

  • No I am fine but was shaken a bit, what I keep telling myself is the gator wants to get away from you not go towards you.

    – Karen Moore

  • Delany Dean
    Delany Deanabout 5 years ago

    Wow, beautiful, and this is exactly what I envision when I think about floating around the shallow waters in a kayak or ghenee! Scary, but fantastic! Scares me, just reading your description!

    Great shot!!

  • Yes it can get a bit scary but you are safe in a ghenee, he actually hit the boat before going to the deep water and that was only because I was in the way. But I was safe and sound in my ghenee. I don’t know why I worry, I know unless he jumps in the boat I am okay, and the chance of that happening are what 1 in a million. Thanks for taking the time to comment

    – Karen Moore

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 5 years ago

    lovely capture….

  • Thanks so much for taking the time to comment

    – Karen Moore

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture, good thing gina wasn’t there… flipper would of been in the water with this gator. lol

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreabout 5 years ago

    I bet if that happend she would be faster then the gator getting back in the boat! Thanks for the comment

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 5 years ago

    Excellent capture Karen, he sure is close!!!

  • In this one he is actually too close. I need to remind myself that they can be dangerous.

    – Karen Moore

    OZZREBELXTIabout 5 years ago

    Gator grin, don’t trust him he looks hungry..

  • Thanks for the comment , on trust I tend to trust them too much, need to remind myself they are dangerous

    – Karen Moore

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 5 years ago

    Outstanding shot- not a very handsome chap- but a terrific portrait lol!! well done!

  • thanks for the comment, yeah hes not pretty but I guess another gator would think so ! : )

    – Karen Moore

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonabout 5 years ago
    Great capture Karen. Yes i would have been scared too with heart beating fast but when that happens it kinda feels good !


  • Thanks KM and you are right that does feel good.

    – Karen Moore

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