Having lived in Louisiana for many years and then having left, it wasn’t until last year, on a return visit to the state, that I captured this shot.
The photo is entitled “El Legarto” which means “the lizard”. It is the name early Spanish settlers to the Americas gave the creature. Over time, “el legarto” was anglicized to become “alligator”.
Alligators are an incredible species. They can live roughly 50-70 years and have survived on earth for over 200 million years. Though fear-provoking, they are fascinating and intriguing animals. Their ability to adapt & to have persevered through drastic changes over the ages is enough for me to admire and revere them.
In this shot, I was drawn to the smooth, glass-like reflection of the water and how it compares with the tough, leathery ridges, bumps and scales of the alligator’s skin. The perspective from behind allows me to wonder just what the alligator has his eye on and leaves me with anticipation about when and how he plans to go for it.