Thursday, July 24, 2008

Troubled Waters

SkyWatch Friday


Don't you hate it when you are trying to photograph a reflection of reeds against the sky,
and a big Alligator swims by and disturbs the water.

(Click on the photo to get a better view of troubled waters and a rippled sky)


Rippled Reflection

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge


The new SkyWatch site is here.
Thank you Tom

For some great Alligator photos visit Klaus at Virtua Gallery.



Troy and Martha

64 comments:

Doug Taron said...

>Don't you hate it when you are trying to photograph a reflection of reeds against the sky,
and a big Alligator swims by and disturbs the water.

Yeah, that happens to me all the time. I like the name of the wildlife refuge. Anahuac figures briefly in a poem by Paolo Neruda that I enjoy.

Brandi said...

Great phot although I am not a fan of the 'gator. We met one at Choke Canyon Lake in South Texas that was longer than our 21 1/2' boat!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Yep! I just *hate* that! Happens every time! LOL!

kjpweb said...

Bummer! Don't they have any decency?
Only thing you can do, put a pinch of salt on his tail and it won't happen again.
@Brandi - love your imagination!
And thanks Troy for the honorable mention! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Michael Palmer said...

Yikes!!!

Stanley said...

WOW....that looks REALLY dangerous =)

Brian said...

I just love reflections in water, have added your blog to my one to visit again and again.

Brian

Quiet Paths said...

Your caption is hilarious! Wow. Now that's a bummer we don't have in MT. Great post.

Marvin said...

Yeah, Troy, that happens to me all the time and it's a real pain. Seems like those gators would have more respect for us photographers. (It's a real jolt to your system when a gator intrudes into a macro.)

AphotoAday said...

I think I'd make a quick retreat if I ever got that close to a 'gator in the wild...   I've never seen one in the wild though, and that's just fine with me...   I am such a wimp that I'm not a big fan of snakes either...

The other day I was buying a whole chicken at Safeway and I told the checkout clerk that I was going alligator fishing... He looked at me like I was some sort of nut...

Old Wom Tigley said...

I just love the humour here.. :O)

The Texican said...

Lots of gators there. I think Winnie, Texas is the gator capitol of Texas isn't it. Good shot. Pappy

Louise said...

Yeah, that drives me crazy! I'm pretty sure I've never seen an alligator in the wild. If I have, it was when I was very young.

It's a nice picture anyway!

Rachel* said...

the alligator just makes this image even more unique. its truly great!

Donna said...

Great reflection with the sky in reverse!! Well done!

starnitesky said...

Well you just be careful out there - no falling in the water!

SandyCarlson said...

Gets me every time! They're all hams, those alligators. But he did not spoil your shot! (We just won't tell him or he'll only do it again.)

Wren said...

If it happened here in Michigan, I'd be glad I had the picture to prove I wasn't hallucinating

GranmaL said...

This is something you never want to see while taking pictures or anything else. Glad your safe. Great post

me ann my camera said...

Well, I never have had a problem like that but wouldn't mind the occasional one to make an exciting picture like yours is! Nice.
ann

Dewdrop said...

Wow, Troy! Thanks for your great comments on my blog. I take a lot of pride in my posts, and do a lot of research. It's a passion of mine, so it's nice to get positive feedback like what you offered. Thank you.

Love your gator shot. I love all reflection shots... Cool with the alligator though.

Hyde DP said...

now that is something I have never had a problem with - never seen a live alligator in my life - saw a crocodile in a mini-zoo a couple of days ago though.

ellen b said...

Ha! I'd thank my lucky stars if an alligator came into my shot like that! Fabulous...

Anne-Berit said...

Brrr,scary creature.The photo is great though!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Yeh, just my luck, I probably be fly fishing those reeds in by nice cozy little belly boat and a big ole Alligator swims by and not only disturbs the water but scares all the fish away! =)

Yes, my photo of sky watch is in BC... in fact all my photos are from BC... I reside in British Columbia for over 40 years! I live now in the Eastern Kootenays along the Alberta Rockies after moving from the interior.
Mountain Retreat Photos and
Fishing Fiesta

CrazyCath said...

Oh yeah I just hate it. Happens to me all the time.

Brilliant shot - perfect capture of reflection and alligator!

Neal said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm definitely going to look at your Alaskan blog. We've been to AK 3 times. I want to drive up there the next time we go.

bobbie said...

Gee, yeah, I hate that.
Really nice photograph!

babooshka said...

Wow! what a catch and a great refelction

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" hates alligators no matter what the circumstance....

Judi~Gmj said...

Cool shot. Busy body gator, trying to grab all the attention.

Rose said...

I am glad I don't have to deal with alligators around here! I would probably not go fishing if I did!

Whitney said...

This is such an awesome photo!!! The reflection is great...sorry the gator got in the way...but it makes the photo even cooler!

kRiZ cPEc said...

interesting shot. Happy shooting

Jules said...

Yes I know the problem !!! Wouldn't it be hysterical if the aligator had a camera too you made.

Jules said...

I think it adds a certain texture to the shot!!!!

Wouldn't you laugh if he surfaced with a camera complaining of the ripples you were leaving!!!!

Island Rambles Blog said...

I would love to photo an Alligator but from a far far distance with a long long lens....great photo...scary....thanks for the visit to my blog texas.

Stanley said...

Just dropping by here to say thanks for visiting my blog, really appreciate it =) Take care!

fishing guy said...

Troy: I must say, I've never experienced that happening and it certainly made a great capture.

Luiz Ramos said...

Great shot, Nature and alligator.
Good taken.

Jim said...

Hi Troy and/or Martha -- to the person posting today. You did really good. Alligators are hard to photograph around here, they do like turtles and get into the water. Except for the zoo ones, they just lay around waiting for the paparazzi.
Your picture brought back memories, in one of my other lives I ran out of gas on my motorcycle down there. Do you remember where the closest gas station was?

I hope you get all the Skywatch bloggers this week, that is a big task!
..
BTW, we live north of Houston in Montgomery County.
..

imac said...

2 great captures in 1 photo wow

Larry D said...

Wonderful photo! We dont have that problem up here. But I understand. Happy SWF!

Scotty Graham said...

Troy, great post!!

Years ago, I was scuba diving in the Suawannee River in Florida looking for dinosaur bones where the river cut into the banks. I came face to face with a large gator....I don't know who scared who more...but both of us swam as fast as we could in opposite directions....

Man, those gators, don't they learn manners when they are being raised?

Cheers,

Scotty

Jump Back! said...

Those alligators are just so darn pesky! Nice job. Hope you completed your quest.

irish daisies said...

love the reflection and the gator :)!

chanpheng said...

Wow, that's a cool shot.

My Skywatch this week looks at the skies around Bangkok and Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand

HFD60 said...

that's a cool SWF photo...

Carletta said...

What a great capture this was!
Wonderful reflection too.

Pietro said...

Fortunately, no alligators here!
This is a great picture.
Thanks for your kind comment on my Sky Watch.

Pietro Brosio Gallery

Bob Johnson said...

Lol, yeah that sucks, great shot as per your usual quality.

Sherry said...

I hate when that happens.. lol Seriously, it's a great photo.

By the way, thanks for identifying my blue butterfly -- I had wondered what they were called. :)

storyteller said...

Nope … methinks I’d call that a good capture!!! I love the ‘gator’ and the reflected clouds. Love the post today. Mine’s at Sacred Ruminations.
Hugs and blessings,

becky voyles said...

Can't say that since I have never seen an alligator! LOL

Carole said...

I hate it when a big alligator swims by period. LOL. Great capture.

Kathiesbirds said...

I think that 'gator just enhanced your photo! What an intersting shot to add to Skywatch Friday!

Whitney said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! and yes I do believe I saw a buffalo smirking as it blocked two lanes of traffic!

nina said...

I HATE when that happens!

Nina at Nature Remains

For The People said...

Very nice post! Well worth seeing again! The gator just completes the picture!

Marie said...

WOW! Great shot!

Raven said...

Wonderful photo! The reflections remain beautiful and that pesky alligator just adds a little extra magic. I think he posed himself quite artistically.

2sweetnsaxy said...

LOL! Yeah, I would just hate that alligator messing up my pic.
:-D Of all the nerve! LOL!

Anna said...

Wow so cool, but I would be running from the scene, lol. Anna :)

Tomate Farcie said...

Quick, get your toes out of the water, quickly now!!! ;)

What a shot!!