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Along US 41 (Tamiami Trail) is Florida’s best gator-watching. At almost any point in the road West of Miami and East of Naples you can find rare birds and alligators. This “Happy Gator” is resting on a cypress tree stump, soaking in the sun.

This location is near Shark Valley in Everglades National Park.

Taken as three exposures using a Canon 5D, Tamron 28-300 VC lens, and processed in Aperture and Photomatix

165 views as of 9/7/11

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  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    ohhhh too scarey, love that reflection!! nice shot :)

  • Thanks!

    – njordphoto

  • Tara  Turner
    Tara Turnerover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, Tara!

    – njordphoto

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    What a great shot reasting on the stumps I always am on the look out for such a shot !!!

  • Thanks Karen… yes, it was a very lucky capture! After a day in the everglades looking and not finding anything, this opportunity presented itself when I was actually going back to shoot a lilly!

    – njordphoto

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 4 years ago

    Oustanding work Bill…just love the detailed colors, and the dominating perfect reflections in the still waters…inst fave!!!

  • Thanks so much, Larry!

    – njordphoto

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 4 years ago

    I have accidentally been to close to one of these guys; thankfully mine was just sunning. This is very well composed and the reflection is perfect.

  • Thanks!

    – njordphoto

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellover 4 years ago

    Great catch!

  • Thank you!

    – njordphoto

  • MischaC
    MischaCover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work! He looks so happy to be there, enjoying the sun. Congrats on the well-deserved feature!

  • Thanks, Mischa!

    – njordphoto

  • photointime
    photointimeover 4 years ago

    Nice Shot, detail and reflection looks great

  • I couldn’t resist that reflection… thanks for noticing!

    – njordphoto

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Etienne!!

    – njordphoto

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