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Don't come any closer! by Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)

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A protective mama alligator with a baby on her head is signaling to NOT come any closer. Photographed from a kayak in a marsh area of the Everglades National Park’s Turner River near Everglades City, Florida, USA.

Mother alligators shepherd their babies carefully. One alligator I saw had seven tiny alligator youngsters on her body or limbs!

A full body image of Mama Alligator…look closely at Mama’s back behind the baby on her head and you will see another baby sitting on her back looking in the opposite direction!

Another view at mother and her baby keeping a watchful eye on passersby.

One more look at Mama and her baby

Turner River, The Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

February 3, 2009.

Photographed with a Canon 50D, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS lens, shutter 1/1000, f 7.1, exposure bias -0.67, aperture priority exposure, focal length 235mm, ISO 400.

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It is my sincere wish that visitors to my portfolio experience the beauty and wonder of nature. Moreover my hope is that my photographs will inspire viewers to be proactive toward the protection of wildlife and its habitat, those efforts ultimately making a far better world for all beings.

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  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 6 years ago

    wow.. outstanding and beautiful capture!. I really love this pair so much!!! a winner all the way..

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonalmost 6 years ago

    WOW.Great capture.

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2almost 6 years ago

    Brillance! Great close-up! Love your work!:):)

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    fantastic capture

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured in Florida the Sunshine State

  • sailorsedge
    sailorsedgealmost 6 years ago

    Too cool Whalegeek! Love it…this is a superb shot in the wild! Did not see one alligator on my last Glades trip.

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...almost 6 years ago

    No kidding! No gators??? Hey, I checked out your art on RedBubble. Nice images. I’m drooling over the roseate spoonbill and white ibis photo. Keep up the great work.

  • Ilene Clayton
    Ilene Claytonalmost 6 years ago

    What a fantasitc shot! Excellent!

  • Ilene, thank you for your comments about Mama Gator and her baby. She was quite a captivating subject. I had not realized that alligators would be so protective of their youngsters before spending some time amongst them. Appreciatively, Whalegeek

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent capture, wonderful find and timing.

  • Rosalie, your words are appreciated. I see you hail from Cape Coral, land of so many captivating images. Wish I had more time to spend photographing in your area! Whalegeek

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you ever so much, LudaNayvelt. Whalegeek

    – Gina Ruttle (Whalegeek)

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