Gator babelets! These are from October on the Texas Coast. I really, really like baby alligators. I don’t get to see them enough. These were fairly difficult photos to get because the cute guys were hiding in the reeds and grass. It was a fairly sketchy operation that involved almost falling in the water and getting struck at by a water moccasin. While squatting in the grass with my lens, a fatty cottonmouth came out of the grass and struck at me. I got really (REALLY) lucky that a) I didn’t fall in the water and break my camera and lens and b) I didn’t get bitten. It was an exciting few moments there. Really glad the snake threw itself into the water and not the grass behind me because otherwise, I probably would have had to jump in the gross water where Mom gator was…Wheeee! Weekend Reflections
Jill Wussow is a seasonal field biologist, nature photographer and nomad. She has worked with several federally endangered bird species (including the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and Piping Plover), sea turtles, and bats all over the United States. She is rarely in one place for more than a few months at a time and her whereabouts are often confusing. Field work has given her great opportunity to travel often and meshes with her passion for wildlife and nature photography perfectly. Through her photography, Jill hopes to convey her love and respect of the natural world.