Sunday, April 22, 2007

Just call me Blaine "Crocodile Hunter 2" Franger


The highlight of our day in Everglades National Park was a little critter that I caught. Bethany and I were passing by a swampy area on a trail, and she spotted a nice sized alligator on the other side of the swamp, about 50 feet away. I'd say it was 12-13 feet long. Big guy. He wasn't moving or anything, just chillin, probably sleeping or something. So as we were checking it out, we noticed these little things swimming around in the water, and took a closer look to find out they were baby alligators! Soooo cool. A couple of them were on the shore, just a few feet off the path. I really wanted to photograph one, so I snuck up and gently grabbed him. When I had him in my hands, I couldn't believe I actually got him. I don't think too many things are cute, but dang, this little guy was the cutest thing I have ever seen. I wanted to bring him home and raise him till he's huge, but I don't think he would dig San Diego too much. Haha.
So as I was photographing him, Bethany was kinda stressing that alligators are like bears, and the mom was going to come attack us to get her baby back. So she kept an eye on the big guy while I took the photos, haha. The mom didn't mind having her kids portrait taken though, and I returned him right back to the swamp when his portrait session was wrapped.

So here are a few of the photos, isn't he the coolest looking creature ever!?





9 Comments:

Blogger Tyler Roemer said...

He looks fiesty, 2nd one up is awesome.

4/22/2007 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Igor said...

Hi Blaine,
Thank you for checking out my blog and taking the time to leave a comment, I greatly appreciate it. Your work is stunning and both me and Nina (who also has a photoblog at www.ninahonawar.com but was too humble to mention it in her comment) check out your blog daily.

I really like this set. On our backpacking trip through Australia last year Nina and I came across a similar lil' fella only he was a salt water croc. They sure are cute but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to do a portrait session.

Cheers and keep up the stunning work!
Igor

4/22/2007 9:44 AM  
Blogger Tara Jones said...

this little guy IS cute! as always, nice work:)

4/22/2007 11:17 AM  
Anonymous Marnie said...

Very cool!

I could see you trying to adopt him! If only they would stay little.....

Hey wait we keep syaing that about having more children!

4/22/2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger June said...

You know me...not that big into slimy things or things that have lots of legs, but I have to agree...this little guy is totally adorable. I'm surprised you didn't adopt him and the fact that you still have all your limbs. haha.

Amazing...as always!

4/22/2007 11:56 AM  
Blogger zo said...

DUDE!!! These are incredible!!!!!! Reptiles are the coolest things ever, great job man.

4/22/2007 12:14 PM  
Blogger stephen said...

Dude, the first crocodile hunter pasted away.

4/22/2007 4:58 PM  
Blogger lisa page said...

This is one of my favorite blogs to look at! oh gosh, Blaine, you and Bethany and your crocadillic pets are amazing.

4/22/2007 5:14 PM  
Blogger Portraits By Lucinda said...

Blaine that is so awesome! I am glad you guys didn't get attacked by the momma, haha!

4/22/2007 9:05 PM  

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