Looking North – photography at Brazos Bend State ParkDecember 31st, 2009 | Posted by in Photos
Brazos Bend State Park.
Home to the American Alligator among thousands of other species.
Looking North from the observation tower
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The story under this image:
A few months ago my brother Agustin and I went hiking to Brazos Bend State Park for the first time.
It’s a vast area full of wildlife. Incredible variety of birds, snakes, deers, alligators, etc.
I brought my camera gear. It was heavy. It was a mid-summer afternoon , really hot in Southeast Texas. We looked all over the swamps for alligators and finally gave up.
Before dusk we met a nice old couple who lived in the area and were frequent visitors, and they both had semi-pro photo gear too.
I asked: why there’s no alligators? They looked at me funny and they said “- what do you mean…? there’s one right there…!”, and he pointed at the swamp a few feet away from us to what I thought it was a log. Then we started seeing more “logs”…we realized that the alligators had been there all the time, we were so imbeciles to not notice them.
I pulled out my camera and started shooting like crazy. Then I passed my brother the off-camera flash and before we knew it was dark. Pitch black dark. We couldn’t see our hands even if we put them right in front of our faces.
Agustin said “-it’s 9:00 and the park closes the gates at 10:00…! We were more than an hour away so we pulled out our flashlights and started jogging our way back. By the left of the road we had the main swamp and when we pointed the flashlights towards it there were hundreds of pairs of eyes blinking. We made sure we stayed on the road away from the swamp. We made it just in time.
Some more pics:
I think this is a Little Blue Heron but I might be wrong. Experts please feel free to comment and correct me.
More images coming in Post #2…