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Challenge: National Parks (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Challenge Stuff
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1
Lens: Olympus 150mm f/2.0 Zuiko Digital
Location: Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA
Date: Aug 27, 2016
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Nature, Macro
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2016

A young American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis) watches me from the safety of the grass growing in the water at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Texas, USA.

I woke up at 3am to head out to Anahuac NWR and when I checked my email I saw the speed challenge. Was all happy I was actually going to a place that I would use the photos for this challenge, was a bit disappointed that it could be any shot. I thought about using one of my previous photographs from here (it's the only national place I have taken any photographs from in a long time), but decided to only use what I took that day. Here is to hoping I made the right choice.

[Sep. 5th, 2016 11:08:08 PM]

For anyone interested my story about this photograph and what it means to me can be found Here

[Sep. 5th, 2016 11:10:57 PM]

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09/06/2016 12:10:18 PM
Hello from the critique club

An interesting image that meets the challenge well.

Why did I know this was yours as soon as I saw it Ronnie! Until I read your notes I thought it was another of your excellent frog images. For me this works really well I love the dominant grasses that effectively hide the ‘gator leaving you to search for him, the blurred grasses add to the air of mystery. Thank you for your notes and your link to the write up I can feel the excitement of the situation myself, another excellent result, keep at Ronnie.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2016 10:10:47 PM
Had to look but there it is at last. Masterful. voted earlier
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09/05/2016 08:07:56 PM
ha ha...you must have been near my neck of the woods...great clarity on the gator...well done...and such a little one
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09/05/2016 04:11:45 PM
Pity there isn't a green ribbon. This deserves a green
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09/04/2016 05:09:44 PM
Great use of depth of field to focus on the subject.
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09/03/2016 08:09:56 PM
Somebody should call the Sierra Club , alert them to all the wonderful photos in this challenge. It's truly amazing. What a beautiful planet we have to live on. Thanks for posting this shot.
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